Independents walk out as Newcastle council rebukes Robbo for 'sexist, homophobic' comments

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated September 24 2019 - 10:28am, first published 10:05am
ROLLING: A camera crew from The Project films part of last month's council meeting.

Allan Robinson and his three Newcastle Independents colleagues exited the meeting when Newcastle councillors voted on Tuesday to condemn the former jockey for "sexist and homophobic" comments.


Michael Parris

Michael Parris


Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his reporting about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has reported on the 2019 NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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