Analysis

Newcastle council election: Divisive issues spice up vote as Labor tries to protect majority

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated November 27 2021 - 8:32am, first published November 26 2021 - 6:00pm
Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after completing a hot lap at the Newcastle 500 in 2017. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle council has overseen a period of rapid change in the city since voters last went to the polls in 2017.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

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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