Federal Politics

Push for new women’s shelter

Federal Member for Lindsay, Emma Husar, has today announced a community campaign to open an additional women’s shelter in Penrith in partnership with not-for-profit...

Husar blasts eastern suburbs “elites” as airport debate intensifies

Lindsay MP Emma Husar has re-opened the east versus west debate in a scathing opinion piece in which she says "eastern elites" continue to...

Lindsay MP Emma Husar speaks about White Ribbon Day

Two days after her emotional speech in Parliament, Federal Member for Lindsay, Emma Husar, held an afternoon tea to mark White Ribbon Day. On Wednesday...

Labor focuses on jobs of the future

Newly appointed Shadow Small Business Minister, Senator Katy Gallagher, has had her ear to the ground in Penrith, listening to what she calls the...

Nepean Hospital patients grounded

High rise developments surrounding Nepean Hospital have caused the suspension of urgent life saving helicopter transfers to and from the already struggling hospital. Nepean Hospital...

Time to act on marriage equality

Discussions around marriage equality are more relevant than ever to Penrith Council, now it has its first openly gay Councillor. Young Labor Councillor Aaron Duke...

Liberals commit to keeping election promises

Promises to Lindsay made before this year’s Federal Election will still be kept despite the seat falling to Labor’s Emma Husar. Liberal Senator for Western...

Labor rallies the troops on health funding

Labor is hoping hundreds of people will attend a rally this Sunday and help put pressure on the NSW Government to fund upgrades for...

Howard’s battlers have been lost

When both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten made unscheduled visits to the Lindsay electorate last Saturday, it was evident that something quite extraordinary and...

Scott loses Lindsay: Seat falls to Labor

Fiona Scott has dramatically lost the seat of Lindsay with Labor candidate Emma Husar claiming victory a short time ago. Earlier both Ms Scott and...

Polling booths close across Lindsay

Voting in the Federal Election has concluded with polling booths across Lindsay closing a short time ago. Votes are now starting to be counted with...

Cornish aims for disruption

Independent Candidate Marcus Cornish may be a one-man-band, but he's certainly making plenty of noise. The controversial Penrith City Councillor, who came to the community's...

A question of trust and integrity

This is probably one of the most difficult pre-election columns I’ve ever written. Difficult because it is impossible to say there’s been a clear winner...

Labor pushes case for Nepean upgrade

Shadow NSW Treasurer Ryan Park joined the Federal Election campaign trail today, meeting with Lindsay's Labor candidate Emma Husar to discuss much-needed upgrades to Nepean...

Tench Reserve makeover announced by Liberals

Tench Reserve will be transformed into a brand new recreational precinct if the Liberal Party win government on Saturday. $5 million will facilitate the upgrade...

Western Weekender Podcast: Federal Election 2016

With the Federal Election just days away, Troy Dodds and Dale Drinkwater present a look at the Lindsay campaign and the candidates aiming for...

Coalition makes major environmental announcement

The important work of the Green Army in creating and conserving our Cumberland Conservation Corridors will continue to be supported. If re-elected, the Turnbull Government...

Pain for voters at Penrith pre-polling

"Australians can start pre-poll voting in the 2016 Federal Election, but not if you have a disability," according to local man David Currie. Mr Currie...

Labor officially launches campaign in Penrith

An $88 million funding injection to Nepean Hospital was the critical local announcement to come out of this morning's Labor campaign launch, held in...

Labor to announce Nepean Hospital upgrade

Labor will this morning commit $88 million to the upgrade of Nepean Hospital. The announcement will be made during Bill Shorten's official campaign launch at...

Mulgoa Road upgrade to be fast tracked

The Federal and State Governments have committed $100 million in joint funding to fast track the first construction stage of a major upgrade of Mulgoa...

Important services secure under Labor

Local women experiencing domestic violence, family breakdown, sexual assault and discrimination would not lose current legal services under a Labor Government. Penrith Women’s Health Centre...

Social media posts come back to haunt Labor candidate

Six-year-old Facebook posts are threatening to derail Labor in Lindsay just days before Bill Shorten launches the party's official campaign in Penrith. The posts by...

Boost for local sports, arts

Penrith is going to be a hub for art, sport and recreation after a $2.45 million investment to transform facilities in the area. Eight local...

Live Blog: Bill Shorten on Q&A

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Shorten visits Werrington to make NBN announcement

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is back in Penrith today, visiting the Werrington Park Corporate Centre ahead of his appearance on ABC TV's 'Q&A' this...

Coalition best for business, says O’Dwyer

Cafe Fred is one of 13,000 small businesses in Lindsay that will benefit from tax changes announced in the Federal Budget, according to Assistant...

“I fight the system and the system fights me”, says Lindsay candidate

What we’ve got right now in the electorate of Lindsay is ‘dirty politics’ according to far right political activist and Australia First Party (AFP)...

Bill’s gaffe not a gaffe at all

So Bill Shorten is sexist, living in the last century and has no idea how the modern family works. At least that's how some want to...

Coalition continues to roll out the big guns

Last week it was John Howard, this week it was Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop. The Coalition continues to bring out the big names to...

Scott defends government’s jobs record

In an already fierce election campaign to win over the ‘election decider’ seat of Lindsay, Federal Liberal Member Fiona Scott has hit back at...

Labor to launch campaign in Penrith

Labor has announced it will officially launch its election campaign in Penrith next month, saying the city has become "like the Bermuda Triangle" for...

Turnbull makes education announcement in Emu Plains

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made an education announcement while in Lindsay this morning. Mr Turnbull caught the train to the local area and visited...

Cornish to contest Federal Election

Controversial Penrith City Councillor Marcus Cornish will contest the July 2 Federal Election in the seat of Lindsay. Cr Cornish recently resigned from the Liberal...

Labor concerned over medicine prices

Colyton pharmacist Howard Mai fears a co-payment on prescription medicine will hit his customers, who are already struggling to afford medicine, very hard. “The situation...

Howard joins campaign trail in Lindsay

Former Prime Minister John Howard has joined Lindsay MP Fiona Scott on the campaign trail, meeting with locals in the Penrith CBD today. Mr Howard...

New face in election campaign

After years of supporting the Liberal Party, local man Steve Roddick has had enough. He has now resigned from the Board of the Penrith Valley...

Local families hit by childcare rebate freeze

Without Government support, local families have resorted to pulling their children out of childcare and quitting work. At Spunky Monkeys Early Learning Centre in North Penrith on Wednesday, Minister for...

Defence industry fuelled by local business

A local herself, Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne was delighted to visit one local business that is literally fuelling the Defence industry. Penrith-based petrochemical...

Cornish quits Liberal Party

Controversial Councillor Marcus Cornish has announced his resignation from the Liberal Party. Cr Cornish, who was already suspended from the Liberals after he circulated an...