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CANBERRA REPORT: Want cheaper energy prices? Get cracking

For me, one of the many revelations of the current energy debate has been the large number of people who do not seek a better deal from their electricity and gas retailers. 

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Canberra report: Great way to keep residents informed

My thanks to the many who attended my Seniors' Forum in Muswellbrook yesterday.

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There is no time to lose, we must act

Government MPs have attempted to portray anyone who has a vision beyond coal-fired electricity generation as "anti-coal".

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OPINION PIECE: The Hunter's energy future

No one would be happier than me if the life of Liddell Power Station can be extended. I just doubt it's possible. But one thing is certain, it's impossible in the absence of high electricity prices, the very thing we want to avoid.

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CANBERRA REPORT: What a bizarre week in Parliament House

IN 21 years in Federal Parliament, I've experienced some interesting sitting weeks. For balance, many occurred during the 43rd Parliament when Labor was in minority government and Tony Abbott was making the most of every opportunity.

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Canberra Report: Apprenticeships vital for strong economy

How do we expect to maintain a strong economy and give our kids every opportunity if we allow the progressive disappearance of apprenticeships? 

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CANBERRA REPORT: Timely reminder of out-of-touch state

A visit to Versailles during my recent holiday in France seemed a timely reminder of the consequences of out-of touch leadership.

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OPINION PIECE: Decentralisation no easy fix for the bush

Decentralisation is trotted out from time to time by lazy politicians with no real ideas.

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Aspirations for the agriculture sector

Last week The Australian newspaper ran an interesting story about award-winning pig farmers Aaron and Scott Scheid. 

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Country towns need education and infrastructure not this thin slice of political pork

Surely a decentralisation plan would help regional towns? If the Turnbull government had a considered plan, the answer could be “yes”. 

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