LABOR AND GREENS UNITE FOR WILLIAMTOWN - December 6, 2017
Labor, The Greens and minor parties joined forces in the Senate today to send a clear message of support to those affected by PFAS contamination from RAAF Base Williamtown and call the Turnbull Government to account over its serial mismanagement and continued inaction.
PFAS HEALTH STUDY - November 2, 2017
Paterson MP Meryl Swanson has welcomed news that the Turnbull Government will finally act on fears of a cancer cluster in Williamtown and investigate the potential human health impacts associated with PFAS exposure.
TIME TO PUT AN OFFER ON THE TABLE - Monday, November 20. 2017
Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson has slammed the Turnbull Government for abandoning people whose properties have been contaminated with pollution from RAAF Base Williamtown.
WILLIAMTOWN IN LIMBO AS CONSERVATIVES BICKER - November 29, 2017
The toxic dysfunction of the Berejiklian and Turnbull governments at State and Federal level has derailed their ability to find a solution for those affected by contamination from RAAF Base Williamtown.
MEDIA RELEASE - GRANTS TO HELP COMMEMORATE THE ARMISTICE CENTENARY- September 25, 2017
Federal Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson is inviting community organisations to apply for government grants to help commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I on November 11, 2018.
MEDIA ALERT - AUSTRALIAN JOBS TASKFORCE HEARINGS IN KURRI AND RAYMOND TERRACE - October 3, 2017
The taskforce is travelling around Australia to hear from local people about barriers to finding work, and come up with opportunities and solutions that will help communities create jobs
SAFETY, REHABILITATION AND COMPENSATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (DEFENCE FORCE) BILL 2-17 - AUGUST 17, 2017
We must ensure we consider the way interactions with DVA can impact on our veterans, making them question the value that our nation places on their service and enormous contributions.
HEALTH CONCERNS OF WILLIAMTOWN RESIDENTS WILL BE ADDRESSED - AUGUST 4, 2017
Representatives from the Department of Health briefed Labor following media reports of a “cancer cluster” on Cabbage Tree Road in Williamtown.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST WANTED FOR COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAMME - July 17
Federal MP for Paterson Meryl Swanson would like to hear from community organisations and local governments that could use a share of up to $150,000 available to fund small capital projects.
HUNTER YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT: WHERE ARE TURNBULL’S SOLUTIONS? - July 17, 2017
Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and the Future of Work Ed Husic was in the Hunter today with Paterson MP Meryl Swanson to visit Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions and StarLab.
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.
SWANSON CALLS ON TURNBULL TO VISIT WILLIAMTOWN - March 10, 2017
Paterson MP Meryl Swanson has reissued her call to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to meet with Williamtown residents affected by the PFAS contamination saga.
TOMAGO FORCED TO SHUT DOWN - ABC NEWS 24 INTERVIEW
I was interviewed on ABC News 24 tonight about the shutdown of Tomago Aluminium to reduce power demand. We should not have to choose between household power and manufacturing. The Turnbull Government needs to get serious about energy policy.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR - GONSKI CUTS ARE SCARY - February 10, 2017
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham dismissed my concern about the $43 million cuts to school "Gonski" funding in the Paterson electorate as a "scare campaign". Yes, Minister, it is scary.
HUNTER VALLEY STUDENTS NEED MORE BRIDGES, FEWER BARRIERS - February 6, 2017
It was always going to be the students most affected by the federal government’s decision to either honour the final two years of the Gonski funding initiative, or take the money off the table.
TRANSCRIPT - INNOVATION IN PATERSON - September 11, 2017
Innovation isn't just about technology; it's not just about economics or economies. In its purest sense, innovation is about the application of better solutions and meeting new or existing needs. So this evening I'm here to tell you about innovation in my electorate of Paterson in its most human form.
TRANSCRIPT - CLIMATE CHANGE - September 11, 2017
Climate change is real. It's not a religion. It's not something that you believe in or don't believe in. It is science, and our farmers are hit harder than anyone else, due to a prevalence of extreme weather events.
TRANSCRIPT - MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE: ENERGY - September 7, 2017
It beggars belief that Australia's energy future is so close to the cliff that here, in this chamber today, the two main planks of this government's solution—the two pages, excuse the pun, Member for Page—could well have been ripped from a 1950's history book.
TRANSCRIPT - HUNTER YOUTH TRANSITION ADVISORY GROUP - September 6, 2017
The Hunter region has a long history of high-level manufacturing that requires heavily and practically skilled workers. Yet it has become evident in recent years that young people aren't going into trades.
TRANSCRIPT - CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION WILLIAMTOWN - September 5, 2017
The people of Williamtown went to sleep in their homes and woke up in a red zone, a PFOS-tainted nightmare, and two years on the nightmare continues.
TRANSCRIPT: SELECT COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND DECENTRALISATION - September 9, 2017
From the start, our broad brief has been to explore ways to increase the growth and prosperity of rural and regional Australia. This is a matter that sits at the heart of the wellbeing and fortunes of the people of Paterson, which spans wine country in the west, industry, coalfields, the booming regional city of Maitland, the Williamtown RAAF base and aerospace park, and the blue water wonderland of Port Stephens.
VETERANS AND FAMILIES - SPEECH - AUGUST 16 2017
We really have to look at how the Department of Veterans' Affairs works in this country and how we look after people - not only whilst they are serving but also when their days of service are over.
NBN DEBACLE HITS WOODBERRY - SPEECH - AUGUST 16 2017
Doctor Chander will wait four months to move his phone two doors down into an expanded premises, due to Telstra delays, and pay rent on an empty surgery in the meantime.
PENALTY RATE CUTS HIT PATERSON HARD - SPEECH - AUGUST 16, 2017
I am enraged that the tenuous one-seat margin that allowed this gormless government to cut penalty rates is hurting people in my electorate of Paterson.
NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY A MUST - THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017
MARRIAGE AMENDMENT BILL 2017 - December 5, 2017
This vote, this bill, has never been about political correctness or removing the rights of parents to control what their children learn at school. This bill has been about marriage equality. The people have spoken: love has won. Let's get this done. Thank you.
VIDEO - MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL - December 6, 2017
The Marriage Equality bill has never been about political correctness, or removing the right of parents to control what their children learn at school. This bill has been about equality. Marriage equality. The people have spoken; love has won. The passage of marriage equality legislation through the Senate marked an historic milestone. Now it is up to the House of Representatives to take the final step.
VIDEO - CREATING JOBS IN PATERSON - October 17, 2017
My constituents brought forward some great ideas during our recent Australian Jobs Taskforce hearings in Kurri Kurri and Raymond Terrace. I was able to share some of them in Parliament today.
VIDEO - 50 CANCER DEATHS, ZERO GOVERNMENT ANSWERS - October 17, 2017
Last night in Parliament the Member for Maranoa spoke emotionally about the loss of a friend to cancer. This moved me to reflect on what members of my community in Williamtown and surrounds have endured for the past two years. #redribbons4redzone
SPEECH - WILLIAMTOWN PFAS VICTIMS NEED SUPPORT - October 16, 2017
Parliament resumed today in Canberra and the first chance I got I was on my feet fighting for our community, imploring Defence Minister Marise Payne and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to come to Williamtown and share their plan to support those in my electorate hit by the PFAS contamination scandal.
SPEECH - BUSINESS TAX CUTS - OCTOBER 18, 2017
VIDEO - ADJOURNMENT DEBATE - INNOVATION IN THE HUNTER - SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
I applaud the many educators, support staff, businesses and workers within the disability sector who work to improve the outcomes for people with special needs. Paterson is so fortunate to have you, and I'm honoured to be your representative.
ADJOURNMENT DEBATE - INNOVATION IN THE HUNTER - SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
I applaud the many educators, support staff, businesses and workers within the disability sector who work to improve the outcomes for people with special needs.
VIDEO - MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - ENERGY - SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
This country is on the verge of an energy crisis due to the Turnbull Government's inability to innovate and legislate.
MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - ENERGY - SEPTEMBER 7. 2017
We are on the precipice of a true energy crisis in this country, and the Turnbull Government, entitled pack of geniuses that they are, can come up with nothing.