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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.

DIGITAL FOCUS KEY TO DRIVING REGIONAL ECONOMIES - July 17, 2017
Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Husic was in the Hunter today with Paterson MP Meryl Swanson to visit local digital businesses that are proving to be great regional innovation ambassadors.

MISSING WAR MEDALS TO BE PRESENTED IN RAYMOND TERRACE - June 26, 2017
Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson will present the World War I service medals of Millers Forest farmer Private Herbert “Herb” Hamilton, who was killed in action in France in September 1916, to Raymond Terrace & District Historical Society on July 8.

SHADOW HEALTH MINISTER VISITS PATERSON TO MEET DOCTORS, HEALTH PROVIDERS - July 4, 2017
Meryl Swanson MP, Federal Member for Paterson, has hosted the Shadow Health Minister, Catherine King MP, in Raymond Terrace today to discuss health services in the electorate, and to tour local health facilities.

WHAT'S THE "SOLUTION" FOR WILLIAMTOWN, ASSISTANT MINISTER? July 9, 2017
Labor is deeply concerned by this weekend's Newcastle Herald reports of a possible "cancer cluster" on Cabbage Tree Road and calls on the Turnbull Government to release its "solution" for Williamtown and incorporate a review of any cancer patterns into current studies.

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND DECENTRALISATION DEPUTY CHAIR - June 22, 2017
Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson has been appointed deputy chair of a new bipartisan Federal Government committee that will look at the pros and cons of moving Government departments from Canberra to the regions.

DISABILITY SUPPORT PENSION PROCESS IS “CRUEL AND UNFAIR”  - June 21, 2017
Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson has joined the call for a review of the Disability Support Pension (DSP), describing its assessment and administration as “heartbreaking and demoralising” and “cruel and unfair”.

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.

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

DISABILITY SUPPORT PENSION REVIEW NEEDED - June 20, 2017
I endorse the committee's recommendation that the Department of Social Services and the Department of Human Services conduct a complete end-to-end review of the administration of the Disability Support Pension.

BEANIE FOR BRAIN CANCER - KURRI KURRI BULLDOGS - June 19, 2017

IDENTITY THEFT - JULIE'S STORY - June 19, 2017
We have to make it harder for thieves to apply for credit in other people's names, and we have to make it easier for victims to get their lives back.

ENERGY CRISIS IN AUSTRALIA - June 14, 2017
We have an energy crisis in Australia. One of my questions to the minister is: are you unable or unwilling to put an end to this policy paralysis and do something meaningful about it?

CONGRATULATIONS TO REVEREND FRANK DUFFY OF CORLETTE/ MAITLAND HALL OF FAME- June 14, 2017
Today I want to pay tribute to Reverend Frank Duffy of Corlette from my electorate of Paterson who was awarded the Order of Australia medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list this week. I would also like to pay tribute today to a group of Maitland people who were, yesterday, inducted into the Maitland City Hall of Fame.

THE NEED FOR CERTAINTY IN ENERGY POLICY - June 14, 2017
I rise to speak on the need for certainty in energy policy in Australia, and nowhere is this more important than in my electorate of Paterson.

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.

SPEECH - SELECT COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND DECENTRALISATION - SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
I'm broadly supportive of decentralisation and the concept of sharing the wealth across our wide, brown land.

VIDEO - SELECT COMMITTEE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND DECENTRALISATION - SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
Our brief as a committee has been to inquire into and report on best practice approaches to regional development and the decentralisation of Commonwealth entities and ways to support corporate decentralisation.

DEFENCE FACILITY'S CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION - SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
I'm wearing a red ribbon today to remind the Prime Minister of the Australian government's responsibility to help the people affected by PFAS contamination from Williamtown RAAF Base.

SPEECH - THE RED ZONE, TWO YEARS ON - SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
Two years ago, people went to sleep in their homes and woke up in a red zone - a PFOS-tainted nightmar. Today, that nightmare continues.

CONSTITUENT STATEMENT - HYTAG - SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
The Hunter Youth Transition Advisory Group brings together stakeholders from industry, education, community and government. The goal is to partner and collaborate to achieve positive results for youth as they transition from education to employment.

VIDEO - CONSTITUENT STATEMENT - HYTAG - SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
I'm really pleased to be helping to drive a new initiative in my region that pulls together people from the education, training and employment of our youth and puts this on top of the agenda.