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Government Continues Attack on TAFE & Vocational Training in the Upper Hunter

The Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee has refused to abandon plans to sell the Scone TAFE campus in the Upper Hunter during Question Time at NSW Parliament.…
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Christmas Card Competition 2020

One of my favourite things to do at this time of year is to announce the winner of my Christmas Card competition. The theme this year was ‘Beach Christmas?’. It…
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Premier Uses Menindee Visit to Distract From ICAC Investigation Into Daryl Maguire

NSW Labor says the Premier has used a last-minute visit to Menindee in far Western NSW to escape questions about Operation Keppel – the inquiry into the disgraced former Liberal…
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Successful Applicants for the 2020 Community Building Partnership Program

The State Electorate of Cessnock has secured $300,000.00 in funding for a total of 23 projects through the NSW Government’s 2020 Community Building Partnership Program. The Community Building Partnership Program…
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The Government Must Provide More Support to Hunter Exporters Amid Growing Chinese Trade Concerns

Labor is urging the Government to provide more support for Hunter region exporters amid mounting trade tensions with China. The Shadow Minister for Industry and Trade Mick Veitch said State…
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Cessnock Electorate’s Hidden Treasures

Clayton Barr, MP, State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock has today announced the three Hidden Treasures for the Cessnock Electorate. Mr Barr said that the contribution of volunteers has…
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Raising the Barr

Raising the BARR- Week ending 09 July 2021

  WE REALLY ARE ALL IN THIS COVID THING TOGETHER – LIKE IT OR NOT There is no doubt that the recent blowout in COVID cases has required a significant…
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Raising the BARR- Week ending 25 June 2021

  COVID COMES AGAIN Eleven days ago, there were 7 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Sydney that were declared as areas of concern after a growing COVID outbreak. One of…
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Raising the BARR- Week ending 11 June 2021

  EDUCATION WILL HELP US FIND OUR NEW FUTURE In the Cessnock LGA alone, there are some 2,000+ people directly employed by the coal industry. This brings about $200M in…
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Raising the BARR- Week ending 28 May 2021

  BEING A PUBLIC SERVANT IS GETTING HARDER AND HARDER A recent report on the workload of teachers outlined some staggering facts about the hours worked. And despite the absence…
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Speeches

Workers Compensation Scheme

Mr CLAYTON BARR ( Cessnock ) ( 17:54 ): This is Rob’s workers compensation story: After working hard for well over 40 years, struggling to pay bills and taxes ,…
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Workers Compensation Scheme

Mr CLAYTON BARR ( Cessnock ) ( 18:31 ): This is Cory’s story. Imagine being unable to sit or stand upright for more than an hour a day. The rest…
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Workers Compensation Scheme

Mr CLAYTON BARR ( Cessnock ) ( 18:17 ): Full of anguish, despair and hopelessness, Lucy recently contacted my office over the treatment she has received from the insurance company…
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Workers Compensation Scheme

Mr CLAYTON BARR ( Cessnock ) ( 18:13 ): Christmas Day is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, when people enjoy the company of their loved ones…
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