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PORT STEPHENS WOMAN CHARGED WITH HARBOURING AN ESCAPEE

A Port Stephens woman will face court next month, charged with harbouring an escapee from Glen Innes correctional centre. Two men escaped from the minimum security facility in October last year. One was recaptured the next day, while the other, a 34-year-old man, was on the run until mid-January. A 33-year-old woman allegedly hid him at her Raymond Terrace home for up to six weeks before his arrest. She’s due to face Newcastle Local Court on March 10.

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BARNABY JOYCE ELECTED UNOPPOSED AS NEW NATIONALS LEADER

Bob Carr and John Hewson have raised doubts about the incoming Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. The former foreign minister described the new Nationals leader as a comedian and erratic, and likened him to controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump. While former Liberal leader John Hewson believes Mr Joyce has what it takes to be Deputy PM, he believes he will have to mature into the job. Mr Joyce, the Federal Member for New England, was elected unopposed as the 13th leader of the party last night, following Warren Truss’ decision to retire. Senator Fiona Nash was chosen as deputy leader, from a field of seven candidates.  

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HNEH CONFIRMS SEVENTH CASE OF MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE

A young child is in a stable condition in a New England hospital with meningococcal disease. Hunter New England Health has confirmed its the seventh case in the region this year, but maintains there are no links with any other cases. There have been two deaths from the disease in the health region this year. Close contacts of the child will be prescribed clearance antibiotics. Public Health Physician, Dr Tony Merritt, says seeking medical attention quickly could prevent the development of serious complications. “Meningococcal disease may be very severe and the community needs to be on the alert for its symptoms. If anyone suspects meningococcal disease, they should seek medical attention immediately,” he said. The first symptoms of meningococcal disease may include pain in the legs, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin colour. Later symptoms could include high fever, …

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POINT OF VIEW: DROUGHT APPEAL LAUNCHED AS FARMERS DO IT TOUGH

 The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of NBN News or affiliates. Our contributor, Steve McMillan is co-managing the New England Drought Relief Appeal and is an ex-dairy farmer from Armidale. Farmers are the life blood of every rural community. When those on the land are doing well, sheep and cattle prices are higher – the regional communities across NSW do well. In the New England, very high summer temperatures and huge evaporation rates, in December and January, and very little rain, put the New England region in drought. I spoke to a fourth generation farmer who told me his dam had never been empty, never, and now it is. Another family relayed a story to me about the fact that they were going to try and save …

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BARNABY JOYCE SAYS HE’S PROUD OF GOVERNMENT’S REJECTION OF ADM BID

Member for New England and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce says he’s proud of the federal government’s decision to reject the sale of Graincorp. Treasurer Joe Hockey blocked American food giant’s Archer Daniels Midland’s $3.4-billion bid for GrainCorp, saying the takeover would be against the national interest. Mr Hockey rejected suggestions his decision would send a message to investors that Australia is closed for business.

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