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BUSINESS CHAMBER CANCELS CANDIDATES FORUM AFTER JOYCE BACKS OUT

The Tamworth Business Chamber has been forced to cancel its upcoming ‘meet the candidates’ forum, ahead of the New England by-election. The event was due to take place in Town Hall next Monday night, but president Jye Segboer says only a handful of candidates expressed their interest in the event. He also said interest from the general public dropped off considerably, after it was confirmed Barnaby Joyce would not be taking part. (VISION ONLY)

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BARNABY BACKS OUT OF CANDIDATE FORUMS

It’s been confirmed Barnaby Joyce won’t be participating in any candidate forums, ahead of the upcoming New England by-election. The National Party says it’s due to the large number of candidates that don’t live in the electorate… and that Mr Joyce would rather spend the time chatting to voters, than listening to ‘out-of-towners’. Pre-polling got underway in Armidale today – Tamworth voters can cast their vote from Thursday. (VISION ONLY)

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WARD THREE CANDIDATES SIGN ART GALLERY PLEDGE

Four of the five candidates contesting this month’s ward three by-election in Newcastle, have pledged their support to redevelop the art gallery. Independent candidate Arjay Martin didn’t sign the pledge, instead suggesting some of the gallery’s collection should be sold to help with the cost of the $21-million project. Gallery supporters attending this morning’s declaration labelled Mr Martin as out of touch. The election will be held on February 21.

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CANDIDATES FORUM: LORD MAYORAL BY-ELECTION

After electing a new state member just two weeks ago, Newcastle voters will again head to the polls this weekend, this time to choose a new Lord Mayor. Below is a few words from six of the seven candidates (in ballot paper order) about why they want to lead our city. Note: NBN News has been unable to contact the seventh candidate, Joe Ferguson, for a response. AARON BUMAN (Independent) “From 2004 through till 2012 I represented Ward 1 on Newcastle City Council. This period was incredibly frustrating, as to me the required actions were obvious but there were too many councillors focused on their political future rather than our city’s future. The balance of the council presently is tenuous. The cause of the economic malaise in my opinion is the systemic failure of previous councils to address the fundamental …

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RENEWED CALLS TO ADDRESS ADAMSTOWN RAIL GATES

Traffic congestion at the Adamstown Rail Gates has long plagued Hunter drivers, and now there are renewed calls for the state government to address the issue. Independent candidate for Newcastle, Karen Howard, says conversation has been too focused on heavy rail in Newcastle’s CBD and it’s time a solution was found at Adamstown. “There’s certainly plenty of money flowing from the lease of the Newcastle port. One of the great uses for that money could be to direct, re-direct the coal trains away from the suburban streets, have another look at the Fassifern to Hexham bypass.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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BY-ELECTION BALLOTS DRAWN

Steve O’Brien from the Socialist Alliance party has drawn the top spot on the ballot paper for Newcastle’s state by-election. Labor candidate Tim Crackanthorp and The Greens’ Michael Osbourne drew second and third position. Meanwhile Independent Luke Arms has taken poll position on the ballot for Charlestown. Both by-elections, to be held on October 25, will be without a candidate from the New South Wales Liberal Party. It comes in the wake of damning evidence given at the ICAC’s inquiry into illegal donations during the 2011 state election. The former members of Newcastle (Tim Owen) and Charlestown (Andrew Cornwell) resigned after admitting to receiving donations from prohibited donors.

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