AS workers rally in Newcastle for jobs, and as the mining industry gears up for its family day at Saturday’s election-day Knights game, news of the closure of Glencore’s West Wallsend mine won’t be welcome in many quarters.
MALCOLM Fraser was routinely depicted by political cartoonists as an Easter Island statue. His stern, remote demeanour was legendary, and his position on many political issues made him seem even more enigmatic.
AUSTRALIA’S two major political parties can’t usually agree on very much, but they both support the imposition of a new regime of data retention that promises to make George Orwell’s famous ‘‘Big Brother’’ seem ill-informed by comparison.
ASSUMING the conventional political wisdom of recent years holds true and the electorate of Maitland remains the most marginal in the Lower Hunter, the Baird government will be hoping its promise of a cash splash for the city’s proposed new hospital will sway things its way.