Newcastle MP Robyn Parker rejects apology after rival said he'd 'tear her a new orifice'

Ashleigh Gleeson Robyn Parker says she does not consider an email NSW Nationals MP John Williams sent her after he made sexist remarks about her in front of 100 people to be “an apology”.

A Newcastle boy with three mums challenges Abbott's stance on gay marriage

Orlando Burcham,11, with his mum Cordelia Troy, wrote to Tony Abbott about his mum, who is gay, asking why the PM is against gay marriage.

Joanne McCarthy ORLANDO Burcham is 11 years old, has three mums, wants to be prime minister one day, and is something of a global phenomenon after giving Tony Abbott a piece of his mind on the subject of gay...

Newcastle port sale adds to Libs' election war chest


Sean Nicholls State Political Editor The NSW government will tip more than $1 billion into its infrastructure fund Restart NSW from the privatisation of the Port of Newcastle, giving it a pre-election spending war chest.

Newcastle Liberal MP Tim Owen says he will not contest the next election: ICAC

Jason Gordon, Matt Carr Newcastle MP Tim Owen has become the latest state Liberal to fall on his sword over revelations that donations from developers were illegally channelled into his 2011 election campaign.

Newcastle Liberal MP Tim Owen says he will not contest next election

Tim Owen

Jason Gordon, Matt Carr Member for Newcastle Tim Owen will not contest his seat at the election next March after admitting prohibited donors "probably" contributed to his 2011 campaign.

Newcastle's steely resolve masks painful scars from BHP shutdown

Aubrey Brooks

Damien Murphy Aubrey Brooks started a new job the day after he and 2241 others marched out of the Newcastle steelworks gates for the last time.

Department of Planning recommends green light for Newcastle coal terminal

Anna Patty The NSW Department of Planning has recommended approval of a fourth coal export terminal in Newcastle.

Mystery car found floating off Newcastle beach

An abandoned four wheel drive on Stockton Beach, Stockton. Police, rescue, and locals at the scene.

Sam Rigney Investigators are at a loss to explain how a four-wheel-drive came to be bobbing in the water.

Reverend Bill Crews urges Barry O'Farrell to adopt 'Newcastle solution'

Bill Crews

Megan Levy It will be 50 years next month since Reverend Bill Crews answered a knock on the door of his Sydney home and was given the shattering news that his younger brother was dead.

Labor urges NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to try the Newcastle solution

Safer Sydney

Nicole Hasham Premier Barry O'Farrell should urgently recall MPs from their summer break to enforce lockouts and early closing times on Sydney's pubs and clubs, the opposition says.

Suspected poisoning victim had moved to Newcastle to start 'new chapter' in life

Gwen Fowler

An elderly woman who died in a suspected poisoning at a Newcastle aged-care facility had moved to the Hunter area to "'start an exciting new chapter in my life".

Newcastle-style alcohol restrictions not the only anti-violence answer: George Souris

Hospitality Minister George Souris.

Anna Patty Restrictions on alcohol sales at licensed venues in Newcastle should not be viewed as a panacea for alcohol-fuelled violence around the state, says Hospitality Minister George Souris.

Port sale to fund Newcastle revamp


Sean Nicholls The port of Newcastle will be sold for an anticipated $700 million in the latest privatisation by the O’Farrell government designed to pour funds into infrastructure for NSW.

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Newcastle pub shut down in night of violence

Police shut down hotel after several warnings and an officer being sturck in the head by a thrown object .

Woman's body found on farm after suspected horse-riding accident


Michael Koziol A woman's body has been found on a farm in Girvan, north of Newcastle, following a suspected horse-riding accident.

Labor to seek life ban for Eddie Obeid, Ian Macdonald and five others

Expelled from the Labor Party last year: Eddie Obeid.

Sean Nicholls An unprecedented life ban on membership of the Labor Party will be sought against some of its most notorious figures, including Eddie Obeid, Ian Macdonald and Joe Tripodi, to ensure they can never...

Sarah Waugh's horse-riding death: TAFE NSW fined $300,000

Sarah Waugh, who died in 2009 when the horse she was riding bolted.

Michelle Harris Sarah Waugh, 18, died in a horse-riding accident. TAFE NSW has been fined, but her parents have not been told which individuals were responsible.

'My day sucks too': policewoman faces court for texting photo of dead body

Megan McNamara

Gabriel Wingate-Pearse A police officer who sent a photo of a corpse to her boyfriend contravened police regulations, but did not commit a crime, Newcastle Local Court has found.

Margaret Cunneen defends comments on child sex abuse allegations

Paul Bibby The highly regarded NSW prosecutor who told Queensland authorities that a child sex abuse allegation against Scott Volkers was relatively “trivial” has staunchly defended the comments,...

Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen defends comments on child sex abuse decision

Paul Bibby Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen, SC, has led countless scathing courtroom examinations over a career spanning more than 30 years.