Major Airfield Works – A Boost For Hunter Region Economy

The Morrison Government has awarded a leading engineering company a $164.9 million contract with Downer EDI Works Pty Limited to support Australia’s air power capabilities and deliver a major boost to the Hunter region and the wider NSW economy.

20211129 – Pointless Panic & Misinformation from the Left – Chris Smith Tonight – Sky News

On Chris Smith Tonight, discussing the fact that the development of new strains of COVID-19 are inevitable and there is no need to panic. We also discussed the misinformation put forward by the left on Government spending in marginal seats. The ALP have criticised the fact that the Coalition invests in regional and rural seats, which is exactly why people in these seats won't vote Labor.

NBN Upgrades Across the Hunter Region

Residents in the electorates of Hunter (Bonnells Bay and Muswellbrook), Paterson (Anna Bay), Shortland (Buff Point, Caves Beach, and San Remo), and Newcastle (Merewether) will benefit from being able to access ultrafast broadband.

Support for the Live Music Industry

The Shoal Bay Country Club has received $32,000 and the Criterion Hotel in Weston has received $26,340 through the Live Music Australia program to help grow a local, sustainable live music culture in the Paterson electorate.

20210920 – Hydrogen Hub in the Hunter

Today, the Morrison Government announced a $464 million grant program to stimulate the development of hydrogen hubs right across Australia. I am working to make the Hunter Region a major player in this sweeping transformation of Australia’s energy and export sector. This is a technology-driven and industry-led plan to invest and develop low emissions industries that create Australian jobs, particularly in our regions, as well as cheaper energy for all Australians.

20210919 – Trial by Media & the AUKUS Nuclear Sub Deal – Chris Smith Tonight – Sky News

Speaking on Sky News about the consequences of the concerning trend of the media becoming judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to unproven allegations. The panel also discussed the fact that many countries in the Indo-Pacific region are feeling more secure since the Prime Minister's announcement that Australia will be procuring nuclear-powered submarines through the AUKUS alliance.

Driver Reviver & Safety Boost for Paterson

$118,000 in Federal Government funding will be granted to upgrade the Medowie Road Driver Reviver site in Paterson to deliver Driver Reviver mass action sign upgrades. This forms part of the $7.2 million our Government is providing to upgrade 71 sites across the country to keep people safe on our roads.

$1 M Grant for Whale Tracking Business in Newcastle

Newcastle-based company Industrial Monitoring & Control Pty Ltd received $1 million in funding from the Federal Government for its innovative proposal of automating the detection of whales at sea through thermal imaging. Their proposal has the potential to enhance regulatory compliance and protect our natural environment for future generations.

20210916 – National Research Centre Opens to Secure Minerals for Future – The National Tribune

Read about the official launch the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals (COEMinerals) in the National Tribune. This Centre will consist of a collaboration between the University of Newcastle and 7 other Australian universities with links to the CSIRO and several major industry partners including FLSmidth, Amira Global and Jord International.

20210916 – ARC COE for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals – Official Launch Recording

I was honoured to officially launch the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals (COEMinerals). The Australian Government has provided $35 million of funding over 7 years through the Australian Research Council. The Centre will not only work take advantage of the new employment and exporting opportunities in sustainable mining technologies, but also promote sustainability in terms of energy and water use, pollution mitigation, and long-term environmental governance.

20210909 – Funding for Hunter Councils – Port Stephens News of the Area

Local governments have been a crucial delivery partner to the Federal Government when it comes to the implementation of the economic stimulus packages that have been created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read here about the Financial Assistance Grant programs that have been awarded to local councils in the Hunter Region.

20210908 – Protecting Australia’s Interests & the Women’s Summit – Paul Murray Later – Sky News

I spoke with Paul Murray and Jenna Clarke on Sky News about the potential need for increased trade diversification in Australia and how the Morrison Government will continue to prioritise our national interests. We also discussed the National Women’s Summit and how those on the left have continued to attack and denigrate both conservative women and men in this debate, thereby stifling collaboration and progress when it comes to countering violence and disrespectful behaviour against women.

20210907 – Australian Arts and Entertainment Industry Funding – Tracy McKelligott – Newcastle Live

Tracy McKelligott was speaking with Jo Smith this week on Newcastle Live about how Regal Cinema Building Ltd. has received a Federal Government Grant of $180,491 as part of the Morrison Government’s $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund to assist the arts and entertainment sector. More than 23,000 employment opportunities are expected to be created across the nation from the latest $20 million funding round alone.

Restarting the Arts Sector in the Hunter Region

Regal Cinema in Birmingham Gardens, Newcastle has received full funding of their grant request as part of the Morrison Government's $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund to assist the Australian arts and entertainment sector.

20210905 – Chasm Between Opposition Leader and His Shadow Cabinet – Chris Smith Tonight – Sky News

Speaking on Chris Smith Tonight about about the widespread criticism (including from Senior Labor Shadow Ministers in the Federal Parliament) of the scaremongering that is being perpetuated by the state leaders in Queensland and Western Australia. The Opposition Leader has shamefully backed these state leaders in their undermining of the Australian vaccination rollout and the National Plan to get Australia up and running again.

20210822 – HSC Exams & Australian Soldiers in the Middle East

On Chris Smith Tonight discussing the men and women of the Australian Defence Force and how proud Australians are of what they have achieved. We also discussed how the continued uncertainty and persistent moving of the goalposts has damaged the mental health of our young Australians.

Extension to NBN Co’s Business Fibre Zone Initiative

2,347 businesses in the Paterson Electorate are set to benefit from the establishment of the Business Fibre Zone at Nelson Bay. This is one of the 44 zones that are being developed. These new zones will allow local businesses to access fibre with speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second. NBN Co's business fibre investments have a forecasted productivity benefit of up to 12% for businesses.

20210811 – Childcare Australia – Coalition Senators Split Over Government’s Childcare Bill – Paul Karp – The Guardian

Whilst internal debate, a diversity of opinion, and robust discussion may be foreign concepts to some - they are not notions lost on the Coalition. Childcare subsidies are an area in which such discussion arose. In this exchange of ideas, I made my view clear that if Australian parents make the choice to return to work, they should be empowered to make that choice through targeted government support.

Newcastle to Benefit from $24 M Recycling Infrastructure Fund

Newcastle Council will receive $5 million in both Federal and State funding to build a materials recycling facility at the Summerhill Waste Management Centre. This centre in Wallsend will be playing a key role in increasing the Hunter’s waste diversity and recycling capacity. It will ease pressure on our environment, and create both jobs and economic investment.

20210729 – Tomago Clean Energy Business Gets Funded – Marian Sampson – Port Stephens News of the Area

The Morrison Government has committed to assisting Energy Renaissance in accelerating their research and development so that they may create a domestically developed lithium-ion battery energy storage system for critical energy storage infrastructures in Tomago, NSW. This will be the first battery manufacturing facility of its kind and will not only provide vast exporting opportunities for Australia, but also new local jobs for the Hunter Region.

20210724 – Tomago Firm to get $4.5 Million – Newcastle Herald

Congratulations to Batt Mobile Equipment on securing $4.5 million to build heavy battery electric vehicles for underground hard rock mines under the Morrison Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative. This will create enormous opportunities for the Hunter Region’s local economy.

20210708 – Australian Government, Canberra – Disability Gateway

The Disability Gateway is able to assist with a range of supports, from locating advocacy services, finding a sporting team that meets the needs of a person’s disability or identifying local disability-related events. It is available at www.disabilitygateway.gov.au or by calling 1800 643 787 Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm AEST. People with disability who need support in another language can also contact the Gateway on 1800 643 787 and ask for an interpreter.

Veteran Health and Wellbeing Supported in Shortland

Programs and activities supporting the health and wellbeing of our veteran community in Shortland will receive a share of more than $2.4 million worth of funding under the Veteran and Community Grants Program, announced today.

20210624 – Senator Hollie Hughes – Barnaby Joyce

When the media ask me questions such as these, I would like to remind them of the democratic values that each and every Australian should and do hold dear to their hearts. The people of New England have elected Barnaby with increasingly consistent majorities and the Nationals Party Room have made the decision to make him their leader, as is their right. I must respect each and every party in Parliament's right to choose their own leader, a respect that I would hope they would afford my own party.

20210624 – Senator Hollie Hughes – Q&A – NDIS (Independent Assessments)

We need to change the conversation surrounding the NDIS from that of a discussion of deficits to that of how participants can achieve their goals. In order to ensure that this scheme is delivering what it was put in place to do, the focus cannot merely be on how to survive, but how to thrive within the community.

20210624 – Senator Hollie Hughes – Q&A – Labor Scaremongering

Given their monumental death rates, it is insulting to hold the UK and the US as the golden bastion of COVID management and claim that our government should look to them as an example. Labor needs to stop the politicisation of this issue and to stop the scaremongering.

20210616 – Senator Hollie Hughes – Senate – EIBI

It has been heartwarming to hear from so many parents and autistic adults over the past few weeks, thanking me for being in their corner. Surely we can all agree that evidence and research-based best practice intervention is at the very least reasonable and necessary!

20210324 – Sen Hollie Hughes – Community Affairs – misinformation about prescribers

After an inquiry, multiple media reports and other political discourse it appears the authorised prescriber model is only one of 3 options for nicotine prescription. According to Prof Skerritt there are around 100,000 doctors who can prescribe for personal importation. Probably helpful information a while ago but good news for over half a million Australia vapers....

20210317 – Senator Hollie Hughes – Senate

Here we go again … there can never be any recognition from those opposite that Australia has weathered the Covid pandemic better than all other major, advanced nations, both in economic and health terms.

20210315 – Radio National – March 4 Justice

It’s important when change is needed it’s done in a way most likely to affect real change. So it was disappointing to me that women’s groups marching on Canberra today chose to reject the Prime Ministers offer to discuss the safety of women in the workplace.