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JOINT RELEASE - THREE YEARS WAITING FOR LEADERSHIP ON PFAS - SEPTEMBER 4, 2018
During the past three years, three Prime Ministers, three Defence Ministers, three Assistant Ministers of Defence, two Premiers, two Parliamentary Inquiries, four different EPA-issued red-zone maps, two botched health studies and a failed compensation package presented to the federal Cabinet have failed to progress the PFAS contamination issue affecting people in Williamtown, Salt Ash and Fullerton Cove.

PRIME MINISTER X SHOULD MEET WITH WILLIAMTOWN RESIDENTS THIS WEEKEND - AUGUST 23, 2018
“When the VIP [plane] lands at Williamtown on Saturday, do not detour past the people of Williamtown,” Ms Swanson demanded. “Have the gumption to face them and explain why you have done nothing to help them.”

VOLUNTEER GRANTS - AUGUST 20, 2018
Organisations and community groups that rely on volunteers to support disadvantaged Australians and encourage the inclusion of vulnerable people are invited to apply for a 2018 Volunteer Grant.

LABOR ANALYSIS REVEALS LOSS FOR PATERSON LOCAL COUNCILS - AUGUST 20, 2018
Shadow Minister for Local Government, Stephen Jones MP said that having cut nearly a billion dollars in funding to local councils, it is astounding that the Coalition is now congratulating itself for funding to councils through the Financial Assistance Grants scheme.

KIWI CONNECTION LIFTS AIRPORT TO NEW HEIGHTS - JULY 18, 2018
The dream of Newcastle Airport becoming an international tourism hub is one step closer following today’s announcement that Virgin Australia will soon fly direct from Williamtown to New Zealand.

NSW GOVERNMENT WAKES UP TO PFAS CONTAMINATION - JULY 13, 2018
“I welcome news of the NSW Government’s new position and can only hope that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will listen to people within his own party demanding action.

KOALA SANCTUARY STAGE ONE COMPLETE - JULY 3, 2018
The opening of stage one of the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary was celebrated today by local wildlife volunteers alongside local MPs Kate Washington and Meryl Swanson.

SWANSON SUPPORTS COALITION AGAINST PFAS - JULY 3, 2018
Paterson MP Meryl Swanson welcomes news that people in PFAS-contaminated areas around Australia have joined forces to pressure the Turnbull Government into action.

TWO YEARS SPEAKING UP FOR PATERSON - JULY 2, 2018
Paterson MP Meryl Swanson tonight celebrates two years as the elected Federal Representative for Paterson.

AUSTRALIA’S BLUEPRINT FOR REGIONAL SUCCESS  - JULY 2, 2018
Paterson MP Meryl Swanson has warned that the Australian Government must take a strategic approach as it works to increase the growth and prosperity of rural and regional Australia.

STILL THINK YOU CAN BANK ON IT? ABC WEEKEND BREAKFAST, APRIL 21, 2018
I had the opportunity to appear on ABCNews24.com on Saturday morning during Weekend Breakfast. My co-panellist Assistant Minister Jane Prentice and I debated the Banking Royal Commission and the National Energy Guarantee.

VIDEO - ABC - EXPLORE YOUR LOCAL MP'S RESUME - MARCH 2018
In federal parliament, former lawyers, political staffers and party or union workers make up more than a quarter of all MPs. ABC Political reporter Caitlyn Gribbin takes a look at what's keeping tradies and nurses from putting their names on the ballot paper.

VIDEO - CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018
Alumni of the University of Newcastle celebrate International Women's Day 2018.

POOR TELEVISION RECEPTION - FEBRUARY 2, 2018
People in my electorate often contact me with concern and frustration about their poor television reception. My office has been in touch with the Minister’s office regarding this issue a number of times.

ADJOURNMENT DEBATE - INNOVATION IN THE ELECTORATE OF PATERSON
We are fortunate in Paterson to be blessed with a number of wonderful, committed people who dedicate their lives to improving the lives of those with disabilities.

SPEECH - ADJOURNMENT DEBATE - INNOVATION IN ELECTORATE OF PATERSON - SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
Federal MP for Paterson Meryl Swanson praises the innovative work being done to support people with disabilities and their families.

TWO YEARS LATER AND STILL NOTHING DONE TO FIX TESTERS - March 15, 2017
Once again last week I found myself in an all too familiar posi tion - on the roadside at Tester's Hollow calling for funding to raise Cessnock Road above flood levels.

PATHWAY FOR WHALE WATCHING - March 16, 2017
Friday morning saw the opening of the new Whale watching path at Noamunga Headland, Boat Harbour.

LEGAL SERVICE IN JEOPARDY - March 16, 2017
A funding cut may force the Hunter Community Legal Centre to end its Nelson Bay outreach service, a prospect that has Paterson MP Meryl Swanson and the Yacaaba Centre "very concerned".

PATH UNIFIES PEOPLE WITH WHALES, SAFELY - March 16, 2017
Whale watchers will no longer need to do harm to a Boat Harbour reserve to catch a glimpse of the majestic mammals.

TRANSCRIPT - SERVING THE PATERSON ELECTORATE - AUGUST 22, 2018
I rise this evening to make sure my constituents in Paterson know that they are not forgotten. They remain my first priority.

TRANSCRIPT - CONSTITUENCY STATEMENT - DROUGHT - AUGUST 21, 2018
All around us charities, members of our broader community, businesses and big corporations are digging deep to help our farmers, but what about us here in parliament?

TRANSCRIPT - BROADCASTING LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (Foreign Media Ownership and Community Radio) BILL 2017 - AUGUST 20, 2018
It's no secret that this government has waged all-out war on the ABC and SBS, subjecting them to ever-shrinking budgets, efficiency reviews and consistently objecting to or intervening in editorial policy. How can we let this happen? It benefits no-one. How can we allow news to become propaganda?

TRANSCRIPT - ROHINGYA PEOPLE - AUGUST 20, 2018
One year ago this Saturday hundreds of thousands of people, mostly women and children, were forced to flee their homes in northern Rakhine state in Myanmar and flee to Bangladesh.

TRANSCRIPT - PATERSON ELECTORATE - DROUGHT - AUGUST 13, 2018
I rise today to thank my constituents in Paterson who continue to reach out to those who have been so horrendously impacted by the drought.

TRANSCRIPT - SELECT COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND DECENTRALISATION - JUNE 28, 2018
I have been most proud to act as deputy chair of the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation. The committee sought feedback from far and wide, throughout the country, over the past year, and has drawn on this information to set out the basis of a solid Commonwealth decentralisation policy.

TRANSCRIPT - PENALTY RATES - JUNE 28, 2018
Shame on you, Prime Minister. By cutting penalty rates, you are refusing to stand up for the families and the children of Paterson.

TRANSCRIPT - CONSTITUENT STATEMENT, MAITLAND REGIONAL MUSEUM - JUNE 27, 2018
During the 1955 flood, thousands of homes were lost, many lives were lost, and much of Maitland's history was washed away. I believe the city deserves to remember its history and I applaud the initiative of Maitland Regional Museum to secure a permanent space to preserve our memories.

TRANSCRIPT - FARM HOUSEHOLD ALLOWANCE - JUNE 25, 2018
This government has had five years, through the SCoPI process, to put in place things to help farmers decide if they can make a living off the land; if they need to be doing other things and retraining; if they can drought-proof their properties over the long term. Instead the Government seized an eleventh-hour photo opportunity

TRANSCRIPT - CONSTITUENT STATEMENT, CHILDCARE CHANGES - JUNE 25, 2018
The Turnbull Government's new childcare package isn't about giving our kids a good educational start in life; it's about money.

SPEECH - RIVER OF DROUGHT SUPPORT FLOWS FROM PATERSON - AUGUST 13, 2018
I rise today to thank my constituents in Paterson who continue to reach out to those who have been so horrendously impacted by the drought.

VIDEO - RIVERS OF DROUGHT SUPPORT FLOW FROM PATERSON - AUGUST 13, 2018
A community of just over 9,000 people has raised around $70,000 for those who have been devastated by the drought. Hats off to all at the Bull N Bush Hotel Medowie and organisers Chris Doohan and Ben Niland. Every dollar you've raised sends a message to those on the land that they are not alone in this terrible time.

VIDEO - FARM HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT BILL - JUNE 26
I spoke In support of an amendment to the Farm Household Support Bill, which will extend the Farm Household Allowance from three cumulative years to four for each recipient, but placed on record my anger with Prime Ministers Turnbull and Abbott, and Ministers for Agriculture Joyce and Littleproud, for not offering this to farming families sooner.

VIDEO - CONSTITUENCY STATEMENT, CHILDCARE - JUNE 25, 2018
The Government's new childcare package isn't about giving our kids a good educational start in life; it's about money.

VIDEO - GET BEHIND MAITLAND REGIONAL MUSEUM - JUNE 26, 2018
I was able to speak in Parliament about Maitland Regional Museum's push to find a permanent home for our city's rich history and artefacts. You, too, can be one of the 1001 $100 Foundation Supporters who are working towards this goal. To find out how, email maitlandrmuseum@gmail.com

VIDEO - WORKERS DESERVE THEIR PENALTY RATES - JUNE 28, 2018
One in five Paterson workers stand to lose penalty rates this weekend to the tune of an average $77 per person. Meanwhile Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Government want to give big business an $80billion tax cut. I spoke in Parliament about this and told them exactly what I thought.

RESPONSE TO PFAS EXPERT PANEL ADVICE - SPEECH - May 10, 2018
I spoke in Parliament today to place on the record the fact I am angry. I am angry at the timing of the release of the #PFAS Expert Health Panel's advice. I am angry at the way it was released. And I am gravely concerned by the contents of the report itself. My constituents and I demand an exhaustive study of any relationship between immune dysfunction and cancer, and we insist that the Department of Defence be stripped of its carriage of matters where it must be held to account.

TURNBULL'S BOTCHED NBN HURTS US ALL - VIDEO - May 10, 2018
Here we are in the year 2018, attempting to keep ahead of the global technological wave while weighted down by Prime Minister Turnbull’s inferior NBN.

VIDEO - SPEECH - PRIMARY INDUSTRIES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BILL - MARCH 27, 2018
I spoke in the House of Representatives in support of a proposed Primary Industries Bill. During this speech I took the opportunity to highlight the Turnbull Government's bewildering approach to green prawn imports and its potential to affect prawners such as Sue and Rob Hamilton, who work our local waterways.

VIDEO - SPEECH - HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT LOAN SCHEME - MARCH 26, 2018
I spoke against the Government's proposed legislative changes to our student loans scheme. We must stop the war on our young people and start offering them opportunities, not obstacles.