VIDEO: Hunter politicians' $100m wish list

IT was the fantasy $100 million that our would-be pollies would have no trouble spending.

Asked at Wednesday night's candidate forum to identify the one thing they would buy for their electorate if a windfall came their way, there was no hesitation.

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Labor candidate for Newcastle Sharon Claydon said she'd duplicate Tourle Street bridge.

Labor member for Shortland Jill Hall would extend the Charlestown bypass to Belmont.

Liberal candidate for Shortland John Church would also throw the money at traffic bottlenecks, specifically at Swansea Bridge and Belmont town centre.

Liberal candidate for Newcastle Jaimie Abbott wanted to spread the money around, but a high school for children with special needs would top the list.

Greens candidate for Newcastle Michael Osborne, who wasn't invited to speak at Wednesday night's forum, said yesterday that he'd spend the money kickstarting investment in solar thermal power.

"We have all the infrastructure in place, the CSIRO has the technology and only needs the dollars to get started," he said. "That would be a real boost for the economy and the environment and would be a very Newcastle thing to do."

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