Federal Politics

Men’s Shed have their say

It's not the first time residents have felt let down by politicians, but that's exactly what Stephen Lynch heard from a meeting with Penrith...

Turnbull gets work started on next phase of road upgrades

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has visited Orchard Hills to mark the next stage of The Northern Road upgrade. His visit reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to...

Government to establish Western Sydney Airport Corporation

The Federal Government will establish the Western Sydney Airport Corporation to oversee construction of the new airport at Badgerys Creek. Treasurer Scott Morrison confirmed in...

Labor closer to finding candidate to take on Fiona Scott

Mystery still surrounds who the Lindsay Labor candidate will be for next year’s Federal Election, but the picture will be made clearer within days...

Council hits government for six

The future of Penrith has been broken down into six key priorities, that Penrith Council will be advocating for ahead of the Federal Election. On...

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...

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...

Government to tackle drug epidemic

Thousands of methamphetamine users and their families across Lindsay will see more support to battle against the ‘Ice’ epidemic. The final report from the National...

Health records go online

Penrith has been selected to trial a new way of keeping health records. My Health Record was launched last Friday and up to 360,000 residents...

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...

Labor says its housing policy is positive

After seven years of looking to buy her own home, South Penrith resident Rika Kuala is hoping a change in Government policy will allow...

Abbott’s PR plan will kill off Turnbull

On Monday morning, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott will front up for the second of his now fortnightly radio appearances on Ray Hadley’s 2GB...

Husar optimistic about Labor’s chances

Labor candidate Emma Husar says she's "in it to win it" as an epic three month election campaign gets underway ahead of a July...

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...

Live Blog: Bill Shorten on Q&A

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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...

Underdog bridges the political divide

Meet the man who is bridging the gap between the left and right in Lindsay. Stephen Lynch has been announced as the Nick Xenophon Team'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...

Linking nations through music

Glenmore Park resident and Western Sydney University Associate Professor Bruce Crossman is embarking on a mission to link Australia and Japan through music. Associate Professor...

Labor to make education a key election issue

It was all about early starts last Thursday morning, as one local school highlighted the importance of their early intervention programs. Shadow Education Minister Kate...

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...

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...

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...

Early election on the cards

Australia may go to to an early election on July 2, while it's been confirmed that the Budget will be delivered earlier than planned...

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...

Understanding the ‘lived experience’

While a childcare centre seems a predictable place to find women working on International Women’s Day, there’s good reason for a visit from the...

You can almost hear the train coming

The Federal Government has committed millions to the design of rail around the future western Sydney airport, a decade before it’s set to open. Released in the Federal Budget...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Husar, Beaton to contest Labor preselection for Lindsay

Labor will go to a preselection battle to decide a candidate to take on sitting Liberal MP Fiona Scott at next year’s Federal Election. Ross...

Scott endorsed to contest Lindsay

Fiona Scott has been endorsed to recontest the seat of Lindsay for the Liberal Party at this year's Federal Election. Ms Scott first contested Lindsay...

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...

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...

Councillor to contest Federal Election

Penrith City Councillor Maurice Girotto is to contest this year’s Federal Election after being preselected as the Christian Democratic Party’s candidate in the seat...

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...