Media Releases


November 18, 2018

Paterson MP Meryl Swanson tonight celebrates two years as the elected Federal Representative for Paterson.


“It’s been two years since I was elected and in that time I’ve been a strong voice for the people in my electorate, advocating for more jobs, sustainable industries, better educational pathways, improved funding for our hospitals, and policy that will deliver cheaper energy,” Ms Swanson said.


“I’ve fought long and hard for the PFAS-stricken communities of Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Salt Ash. I’ve bashed on every door from the Prime Minister down and I believe we are starting to get traction on the issue.


“I’ve brought many Shadow Ministers to our part of the world so they can hear and understand first-hand the issues that we face here in the Lower Hunter around education, health, technology, early childhood matters and industry.


“I’ve used the floor of Parliament House in Canberra to celebrate the successes of my constituents and speak out about the issues that cut to the heart of our community.”


Ms Swanson is the Deputy Chair of the House of Representatives’ Agriculture and Water Resources committee and served as Deputy Chair of the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation.


The Select Committee’s report has been widely hailed by media analysts as a strong, bipartisan piece of work that should form the basis of future policy.


Ms Swanson marked the anniversary of her election by speaking at the 2018 NSW Labor Conference in Sydney’s Town Hall and joined seniors for lunch at East Maitland Bowling Club.


“It is an honour to represent the people of Paterson, and I was proud to be on my feet yesterday as their advocate at the 2018 NSW Labor Conference, then back at home with our valued seniors celebrating our terrific community,” she said.