We all want to delve deeper into the issues of our city and around the region; to know what makes the place tick.
Who holds sway in seats of power, turning the wheels behind the scenes?
Who are the quiet achievers deserving of a greater spotlight?
Who are the people making the headlines?
The Issueis a new, weekly interview series with Newcastle Herald journalist Scott Bevan to find and shed light on the power-brokers and game-changers of Newcastle and the Hunter.
On Thursday evenings, The Issue will feature an interview with a local newsmaker, looking at what people are talking about, and learning more about who is shaping this region.
As a valued subscriber to the Newcastle Herald, you can see the full interview before it publishes online later tonight.
In episode one, filmed in Maitland earlier this week, Bevan meets with Hunter One Nation candidate Stuart Bonds, a first-time federal candidate who rampaged his way through the election campaign, turning the tables on incumbent Joel Fitzgibbon and forcing what has been a Labor stronghold into a marginal battleground.
In the interview, the coal miner and farmer talks about why One Nation polled so well and support for Labor dipped so dramatically. While his pro-coal stance meant he received backing from fellow miners, Bonds concedes there will be "some disgruntled farmers" in his electorate.
"You cannot please everybody. And if you try and please everybody all the time, then you're going to get nothing done."