Peter Lewis cartoon gallery 2015 PETER LEWIS23 Nov 2015, 9:34 p.m. The Newcastle Herald's editorial cartoonist Peter Lewis looks at the issues of the day. Peter Lewis cartoon gallery 2015 DECEMBER 9: Martins Creek Public School receives a stay of execution. DECEMBER 8: Malcolm Turnbull announces $1.1 billion for business-linked research and development. DECEMBER 5: THE cost of workers compensation claims has dropped by nearly four times since 2012, from an average $250,000 per day, to just under $62,000. NOVEMBER 25: Miners post their shirts in protest over the Drayton South mine's rejected expansion. The EPA has no power over the Defence Department to rectify the environmental damage around the Williamtown Air Base. November 24. Australia experiences large Reclaim Australia rallies after the Paris massacre. November 23The famous Bogey Hole swimming pool has been closed due to fears of rockfall. November 21.Doubts remain about poisons in the soil and water around the old Pasminco site. November 20The Defence Department tried to limit the EPA's release of contamination information. Novemberr 19.Awabakal consider trading in the Post Office for a purpose built Aboriginal Cultural Centre. November 17Many lives are mourned after the latest terrorist attack on Paris. November 16The costs of School Formals continues to rise. November 14The Property Council release a bold vision for Newcastle. November 13.Blackhawks patrol Newcastle's sky while the SOR face financial ruin after losing their court case. November 12, 2015The Save Our Rail organisation face a massive legal bill after losing their court case. November 11. The EPA is criticised for failing to warn people about the RAAF contamination while the Government fails to offer proper compensation. November 10Jockey Michelle Payne strikes a blow for women with her Melbourne Cup win. November 9. McDonald's staff at the King St restaurant complain of increasing late night violence. November 7The NSW Government plans to sell off Newcastle's buses, ferries and light rail to private enterprise. November 6. Professional fishermen affected by the RAAF contamination are offered a small amount of compensation. November 5. Michelle Payne becomes the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. November 4. Tips for the race that stops a nation. November 3. New Zealand defeats Australia in the final round of the Rugby World Cup. November 2. The Defence Department has been accused of covering up the fire-fighting foam contamination. October 30.WHO shocks the world by claiming that processed meats are linked to cancer. October 28. Woolworths discard their Frequent Flyer Points program. October 27Joe Hockey leaves parliament with a long valedictory speech. October 26650 properties around the RAAF base face contamination notices which will render their properties worthless. October 24. The Planning Assessment Division has agreed to the expansion of the Warkworth Mine toward Bulga.Eraring announces it may close by 2030 depending on alternative supply and demand. October 22, 2015. Joe Hockey is planning to leave politics. October 20.The latest expansion of Westfield Kotara will mean a reduction in parking. October 19Joel Fitzgibbon loses his seat of Hunter in the latest boundary changes. October 17Despite mounting evidence Russia denies it shot down the MH17 airliner. October 16The NSW Upper House approves the removal of the heavy rail between Wickham and Newcastle. October 15 The NSW Government's Council Amalgamation Plan is criticised by local governments. October 14. As students sit for the HSC, Malcolm Turnbull fails to impress members of his party. October 13. New Knights Coach Nathan Brown promises to bring the Knights back to their former glory. October 12. Dangerous contamination from the RAAF base appears to have spread toward Tilligerry Creek. October 10Concerns are raised that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will not be in Australia's interest. October 9Developer Jeff McCloy loses his High Court challenge to electoral funding laws. October 8, 2015Historical Morpeth may be forced to accept high density housing or a caravan park. October 7After a long battle with the Mine Subsidence Board and their local council, Andrew and Kylie Neale discover important information had been withheld. October 6Joanne McCarthy receives an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Newcastle. October 5. Newcastle's Lord Mayor has her official flight to Geneva downgraded by the General Manager. October 3Despite the collapse of coal prices the controversial T4 coal loader is approved. October 2, 2015.The Smart Future Cities Conference 2015 opens at the Newcastle Town Hall. October 1, 2015.Glencore's share price collapses. September 30.After 3 decades of neglect and increasing contamination, the old AGL site is to be remediated. September 29Peter Lewis is on annual leave until the end of September 2015. Led by ALP councillor Declan Clausen, the Newcastle Council votes to transfer its money to environmentally friendly institutions. The NSW Department of Planning backs Drayton South Mine over the horse industry. August 26 The NSW government reduces the number of District Court judges creating a huge backlog of cases as the new courthouse nears completion. August 25. The Mattara Hill Climb will be blocked by the Bather's Way project due to the width reduction of a key road. August 24Paul Broad resigns as Hunter Development Corporation Chairman, citing the increasing influence of state government department Urban Growth. August 22Hunter Councils form a consultancy that gives advice to Pacific Island nations. August 21. Newcastle Council bans dogs on the Anzac Walkway. August 20. Liberal MP Warren Entsch presents his Same Sex Marriage bill to Parliament. August 19Councillor Brad Luke pushes for the joining together of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie councils. August 18. Australian tennis player Nick Krygios is heavily fined for his latest on-court behaviour. August 17.Newcastle is to wait decades for major redevelopments while 'Renew Newcastle' transforms the inner city in just 6 years. August 15.The NSW government announces plans to deal with the growing shark menace. August 14Abbott fights to preserve the status quo with environment and gay marriage policies. August 13 Urban Growth release four possible concepts for the heavy rail land. August 11. Australian Cricket Captain Michael Clarke announces his retirement after his team's dismal performance in the fourth Ashes Test. August 10. NSW Power Networks appeal for an increase in electricity bills. August 7.Adani's disputed Carmichael Mine is halted in court due to concerns about the endangered yakka skink and ornamental snake. August 6 Facing electoral defeat in South Australia, the Liberal government promises to build the next frigates there. August 5 Member for Paterson Bob Baldwin is suggested as Bronwyn Bishop's successor. August 4AFL players show their solidarity with Adam Goodes. August 3. Bronwyn Bishop finally apologises under pressure. August 1Mount Arthur Coal is hit with a big fine after a blast error affects 14 people with toxic fumes. July 31, 2015.Aboriginal footballer Adam Goodes considers retiring after relentless booing from AFL crowds. Danny Buderus becomes the Newcastle Knights' coach for the remaining six games of the season. July 29Poor performing Newcastle Knights coach Rick Stone is sacked. July 28The State Government considers a new marine park on the Central Coast. July 28Yancoal cuts 225 jobs from its Hunter Valley mines as the market worsens. July 25. Newcastle ALP Councillors suggest official support for gay marriage and a symbolic rainbow crossing.Newcastle's faulty parking meters cause hundreds of complaints.The long sought register of deaths at Newcastle BHP Steelworks is found and published. July 20.Bronwyn Bishop's career takes a nose dive after revelations about high expenses and a $5,000 helicopter trip. July 18The transfer of patients from Morisset Hospital to the NDIS is filled with uncertainty. July 17.The Government appeals its case for the heavy rail removal. July 16. Indonesia dramatically reduces its intake of live Australian cattle. July 15The PWCS still plans to build the T4 coal loader despite the drop in coal price. July 14Tony Abbott tells the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to cut wind-power funding.Bill Shorten survives the Royal Commission but his popularity continues to decline. July 11, 2015.Bill Shorten faces the Union Royal Commission.China's stock market loses trillions in value.The CSGenie is back in the bottle after sustained resistance by Hunter vignerons and farmers.Some storm victims have been unable to get full compensation because insurance companies claimed they were damaged by flood.The Greek economy faces collapse when it's unable to meet its debt payments.Tony Abbott announces more funding to Williamtown Airbase for the JSF upgrade. July 1The wages of three Hunter councils have risen dramatically as the government prepares to launch its reform program. June 30. The ABC managing director comes under fire from the Government and right wing commentators. June 29 The famous Drip Gorge remains vulnerable to mining interests despite government claims of long term protection. June 27Tony Abbott says "Heads will roll" after the ABC's Q&A program allows questions from a former terrorism suspect. June 26 Another Samsung washing machine bursts into flames as federal politics overheats. June 25Forgacs faces closure by the end of the year if no more work is found. June 24The Hunter SES is in turmoil with many senior managers dismissed or resigning. June 23Another shooting massacre in America. June 22The Jets new coach faces major challenges and expectations.Hunter Area Health is closing Wallsend's medical centre despite the effect this will have on waiting times. June 19The investigation into the leaking of a confidential document fails to resolve the mystery. June 17Premier Mike Baird promises money to Hunter farmers hard hit by the April Storms. June 16. Horror movie veteran Christopher Lee passes away after a long career. June 15With their Anzac Walkway a success, Neil Slater and Barney Collins suggest a new path.Starstruck comes to Newcastle's Entertainment Centre while federal politicians put on a song and dance. June 12Joe Hockey under siege after thoughtless comments on housing affordability. June 11. Ex Prime Minister John Howard fires Newcastle's cannons. June 10.Fears grow that child abuse in detention centres is being ignored. May 9. Alan Bond sails into the sunset for the last time. June 8. The Newcastle Art Gallery becomes an expensive nightmare for the council. June 6. Corruption claims have dogged FIFA. June 5 The ABC documentary on the Rudd/Gillard years could damage Bill Shorten's reputation. June 4. With the advent of Winter comes a new wave of ICE addicts. June 3.The whale watching season begins as we mark the centenary of Newcastle's steelmaking leviathan. June 2. Newcastle Jets Coach Phil Stubbins is ejected after the FFA takeover. June 1. Lake Macquarie City Council claims it will receive $92 million from developers with its new Infrastructure Plan. May 30, 2015.In the wake of the Irish approval of gay marriage, Bill Shorten pushes for a parliamentary conscience vote. May 28, 2015.Over 54,000 people receive storm damage payments. May 28, 2015.The Royal Commission focuses on child abuse in immigration detention centres. May 26, 2015Nathan Tinkler's fall from grace leads to the FFA taking back the Newcastle Jets. May 25.Newcastle Councillors consider giving themselves a pay rise after increasing rates by 46.9%.Football Federation Australia and various community leaders begin the task of rebuilding the Jets. May 22. Football Federation Australia terminates Nathan Tinkler's ownership of the Newcastle Jets. May 21. Newcastle gets approval from IPART to increase its rates 46.9% over five years. May 20. Calls for money to save the Newcastle Post Office bring no response from the state government. May 19.B.B. King, one of the world's greatest guitarists, passes away after a long and inspirational career. May 18After being taken over by the Awabakal land council the Newcastle Post Office building declines even further. May 16 The Social Services Minister ignores pleas from hard-pressed organisations that support flood victims. May 15GP Access, despite supplying health services to 50,000 people annually, faces closure due to lack of funding. May 14Treasurer Joe Hockey promises to crack down on multi-nationals not paying enough tax, but doesn't say how he'll do it. May 13.Errors by the NSW Government led to the Land and Environment Court rejecting the Newcastle Bowling Club development. May 12. The Conservatives win the British election with the Scottish National Party performing strongly.Stockton is one of the worst Broadband reception areas in Australia. May 9. Weston Aluminium's incinerator will dispose of 1000 tonnes of illicit drugs.Red Bull considers racing in the Hunter while Joe Hockey flies his latest budget. May 7, 2015.Interest rates reach a record low as the economy fails to recover. May 6The brutal death of nine puppies is remembered as their killer is sentenced to jail. May 5Peter Lewis is on annual leave. Nepal suffers a major earthquake that kills over 2000 people and destroys many buildings and monuments. April 27, 2015.Australia and New Zealand mark the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. April 25Floods that were once rare in the Hunter are becoming commonplace. April 24. State Emergency Service workers get busy saving lives as the Hunter descends into stormy chaos. April 22. The ICAC complains to the NSW Government that the High Court decision has reduced its powers. April 22A tribute to much loved Newcastle beaches volunteer Joseph Callen. April 20Proposed council amalgamations trigger fighting over land and assets. April 17. Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen wins against the ICAC, potentially reducing its powers of prosecution. April 16Lake Macquarie hosts a presentation on sharks by expert Barry Bruce while its resident great white enjoys a Twitter account. April 15, 2015The latest Honeysuckle Apartments carry warnings about noise and behaviour. March 14Mayor Jodie Harrison becomes a new shadow minister in the NSW Government. April 13, 2015.Richie Benaud calls stumps after a distinguished life as Australia's most loved cricket commentator. April 11, 2015.Glencore Mining seeks control of Rio Tinto. April 7, 2015.The Reclaim Australia rallies face counter protests across the country. March 6 Joe Hockey and Scott Morrison tweak their pension and superannuation plans for the coming budget. April 4. The position of Minister for the Hunter is removed in the wake of the election. April 3. Chinese investors buy large country properties. March 31. Questions are raised about the long term viability of the coal industry. March 31.The ALP retakes the Hunter Region with convincing wins in 7 seats. March 30Politicians generate hot air as NSW goes to the polls. March 27West Wallsend Colliery, known for undermining the Sugarloaf area, announces it will close in 2016. March 27The NSW government admits that its $200 million Hexham Bypass plan is dependent on even more money coming from the Federal Government. March 25The NSW Government promises to carry out the Hexham Bypass if re-elected. March 24, 2015.Tributes have poured forth for former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, who died months after Labor's Gough Whitlam. Australia mourns the passing of ex-Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. March 21Jeff McCloy donates $1 million to the Vanuatu Appeal. March 20St Patrick's Day is as good a day as any to try to find a pot of gold for the budget. March 17. Young Novocastrian Ben Simmons wins America's Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award. March 16. Glenn Lazarus' resignation from the Palmer United Party could reduce the Senate Barrier to government bills. March 14As the NSW Election approaches, political parties begin pork-barreling the electorate. March 13. The CSG licence for the Lower Hunter area is bought from Dart Energy by gas mining company A.J. Lucas. March 12, 2015.The Anzac Memorial Walk, with funding by BHP to commemorate 100 years in Newcastle, is finished. March 11. Mining companies debate the remediation of their open cut workings. March 10, 2015Joe Hockey releases his Intergenerational Report predicting what Australia will be like in 40 years time. March 9, 2015.Jeff McCloy responds to his critics, claiming that his aim has always been to improve Newcastle.The NSW Government overrides previous court results favouring Bulga, allowing Mt Thorley mine to expand in its direction. March 6. Fred Nile releases his Inquiry's findings. March 4 Liberal Party contender Karen Howard announces election promises including Boxing Day trading for Newcastle. March 3. Tony Abbott visits New Zealand as he faces Prime Ministerial extinction. March 2, 2015.Tim Crakanthorp and Tim Owen dispute claims about the leaked government Light Rail plans. Thursday 28, 2015.Gillian Trigg claims she was offered a job to stop her releasing the Children in Detention Report. February 27, 2015.Indonesia rejects the latest legal appeal for the Australian drug smugglers facing execution. February 25, 2015.Tim Owen faces the Parliamentary inquiry but Tim Crackenthorp is a no-show. February 24, 2015.Declan Clausen, enthusiastic supporter of Lambton Pool, wins Newcastle City Council's vacant Ward 3 seat. February 23, 2015Newcastle Member Tim Crackenthorp refuses to attend a special hearing on the cabinet document he found. February 21, 2015.Frontline community service workers lament the heartbreaking task of managing impossible caseloads. February 20, 2015.Newcastle marks the passing of colourful busker John 'Bongos' Pittman. The ABC's Four Corners Program reveals a high level of animal cruelty in the greyhound racing industry, bringing a furious reaction. February 18, 2015.The new parliamentary whip is announced while Tony Abbott pushes for more security. February 17, 2015.Tony Abbott loses heart on Valentine's Day. February 16, 2015.Newcastle's Christchurch Cathedral is planning a major makeover. February 14, 2015Hunter Concerned Citizens Group takes up the Save Our Rail cause. February 13, 2015.People have been warned not to swim or surf near seabirds because they indicate the presence of baitfish and sharks. February 12, 2015 Tony Abbott promises to do better after avoiding a leadership spill. February 10, 2015Australian journalist Peter Greste is finally released from an Egyptian jail after 400 days in captivity. February 9, 2015.Tony Abbott appears to be losing his latest challenge. February 7, 2015The NSW government releases design suggestions for the heavy rail land. February 6, 2015.Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull offer only tacit support to Tony Abbott as his leadership flounders. February 5, 2015Several people have been booked for illegal dumping after cameras were placed in the bush. February 4. Tony Abbott's Press Club speech fails to excite his critics. February 3. The Queensland election proves disastrous for the Liberal Government with Premier Newman losing his seat and the ALP close to victory. February 1. More parents are unable to pay for their children's education related expenses as the school year begins. January 31. Nathan Tinkler fends off criticism as the Newcastle Jets' woes deepen. January 30. Novocastrians were seen as too quiet during the Australia/UAE game. January 28, 2015Fancy moves by Tony Abbott. January 28. Abbott nominates Prince Philip for a knighthood. January 26. Tim Cahill scores two winning goals against China in the Asian Cup. January 26. Shark netting revealed as a public relations exercise rather than an effective deterrent. January 24. A boat watching the New Year fireworks cuts a major submarine cable with its anchor leaving western Lake Macquarie without communications for weeks. January 23As sharks continue to terrorise beaches, deadly brown snakes are appearing. January 22.Permits are being considered for Nine Mile Beach to control vehicle use while legal students do their annual 'Law on the Beach' clinic. January 21 Lifeline's charity bins have become rubbish receptacles after Newcastle Council changed their bulk collection system. January 20. Newcastle's great white shark becomes nationally famous and is suggested as the latest Pasha Bulker. January 19. Upper Hunter farmers enjoy perfect weather and bumper crops. January 17. The Liberal Party preselection for the seat of Port Stephens becomes heated in a factional war. January 16. A large shark closes Newcastle beaches for a fourth day. January 14.Boolaroo residents facing big disposal fees for contaminated soil may be given a reprieve by the EPA. January 13. Luke Foley becomes NSW opposition leader and endorses the Save Our Rail campaign. January 12. Large amounts of rubbish are left for others to clean up as 2015 begins. January 10. The lethal attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo brings a strong unified condemnation. January 9.Awabakal Aboriginal Land Council announced several aboriginal land claims in the Newcastle area including the heavy rail corridor from Newcastle to Wickham. January 8.In 2014 the Hunter Valley recorded its second highest temperatures of all time while Australia had its third hottest year. January 7.The great white shark in Lake Macquarie was nowhere to be found after an extensive search by authorities. January 6. TweetFacebook of ╳exitPeter Lewis cartoon galleryNewcastle Herald cartoonist Peter Lewis looks at the issues of the day. 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