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Federal election 2022: Disability advocate David Belcher slams lack of wheelchair access as Newcastle voters cast ballots in the street

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated May 10 2022 - 6:18am, first published 4:20am
'UNACCEPTABLE': People in wheelchairs voting on the footpath outside the Newcastle pre-poll centre in King Street on Monday. Picture: Sharon Claydon/Twitter

Hunter disability advocate David Belcher has slammed the lack of access at two Newcastle voting centres as "completely unacceptable".

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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.