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Canberra Report: Government's policy has to go

SOME of the most frustrating, confronting and even distressing experiences I've had as a Member of Parliament have come when I've dealt with the family of someone with a disability or directly with someone with a disability. I'm frustrated by my limited capacity to help as much as I would like to help.

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Canberra Report: More needs to be done in drought crisis

The shocking drought remains one of the biggest challenges our country currently faces. Without significant rain soon, it will be recorded as our worst ever.

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Canberra Report: It's been a busy week in the electorate

I participated in three great events in the Upper Hunter last week.

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OPINION PIECE: Funding must continue for farm education in schools

Our children know where their food comes from, right?  Maybe not.

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OPINION PIECE: Don't let our food needs fall off the political agenda

There was a time when our food was largely grown in our backyards. The extent to which that is true depends on where one lived. But, certainly, most of us drew our sustenance from a nearby farm.

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Canberra Report: Prime agricultural land must be preserved

THERE was time when our food was largely grown in our backyards.

 

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Canberra Report: Regional towns depend on ABC

Last week in Parliament I took the opportunity to highlight the important service the ABC provides to regional areas like the Hunter and the contribution it makes to our nation's identity.

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Canberra Report: We can do more to offer 'protection'

I was pleased to officially opened World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Muswellbrook on Friday.

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Canberra Report: Taking the wheel for independent mechanics

A recent campaign I’ve been working on locally is the call for independent mechanics to be given access to the same technical information which car manufacturers make available to their authorised dealers and preferred repairer networks.

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OPINION PIECE: Drought policy

The Prime Minister begins a drought tour this week but will any policy substance emerge?

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