Joel's Blog

Restoring trust the only hope for fragile deal

The Murray Darling Basin is Australia's main food bowl. The health of the basin is critical to our food security and food exports.

Read more
1 reaction Share

Canberra Report: Kristina will do a great job

If all the paperwork comes through in time, former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally will be sworn in as Senator tomorrow. She will replace Labor's Sam Dastyari.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

OPINION PIECE: Hunter drought

In the wake of The Mercury's feature piece last Friday about how savagely hit local farmers have been by the drought, we asked Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon for his thoughts. It is his area of expertise and, as a Cessnock local, he knows the extent of the problem up close.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

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.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

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.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Canberra Report: Politicians must embrace change

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

Read more
2 reactions Share

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.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

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. 

Read more
1 reaction Share

Canberra report: Great way to keep residents informed

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

Read more
1 reaction Share

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".

Read more
2 reactions Share