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Canberra Report: Changes to childcare aid a concern

REVELATIONS that changes to the rules around child care assistance eligibility will adversely impact upon low to middle income families are a real concern.

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Canberra Report: Liddell plan a good result for region

JUST before Christmas AGL released its long-anticipated plan for electricity generation in the Upper Hunter.

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Canberra Report: Politicians must embrace change

WHEN I was a kid I had a Hollywood-driven fascination with the 21st Century.

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Canberra Report: PM's cancellation extraordinary

I'm writing from Parliament House in Canberra where Parliament is supposed to be sitting. The decision to cancel the House of Representatives sittings was extraordinary.

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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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