Sharon Claydon, Newcastle
"My commitment to Newcastle is absolute. The Hunter region is an important part of Australia and I'll be working hard to ensure that we are not ignored. Continued growth and low unemployment remains our [Labor's] priority. The duplication of Tourle Street Bridge, redevelopment of Williamtown airport and the rollout of the NBN are key projects that reflect Newcastle's role as a major Australian regional centre. Uncapped student places at Newcastle university will ensure the retention of local jobs and services. I am committed to the provision of regional health services through Medicare Locals, better school funding, a clean-energy future and the rollout of a National Disability Insurance Scheme."
Pat Conroy, Charlton
"I will fight strongly for the delivery of policies including the Glendale interchange and partial funding of the Gonski Plan, because there are a lot of schools in Charlton that need the extra funding. I will also campaign against the federal government's National Broadband Network plan, calling instead for a fibre-to-the-home internet service. Many homes in Charlton need a higher quality broadband. I will also get out and meet as many community groups and constituents and possible. I want to work personally with Lake Macquarie mayor Jodie Harrison to improve the infrastructure in Cameron Park."
Jill Hall, Shortland
"I'm totally committed to seeing the education reforms pass through and protecting the University of Newcastle, where 25 per cent of the students come from Shortland. I'm passionate about disability and making sure the reforms for it go through. I want to see the link between disability and rehabilitation made stronger. Housing affordability is also something I will look at, because Shortland has a below 2 per cent housing availability rate. I also want to push to get a Headspace [youth mental health service] operating in the area, and I believe I can do that."
Joel Fitzgibbon, Hunter
"Jobs are always a priority for me. Most social and economic issues take care of themselves but to promote employment we have to work on things like infrastructure. I'm a great supporter of penalty rates and I'll be fighting to make sure they are retained. Health is another big issue to me. Medicare Local has also been a great success in the Hunter, but Tony Abbott has hinted he might abolish it. I'll certainly be fighting that."