Federal election 2022: Joel Fitzgibbon says Labor's climate policy was mild enough to defend from Coalition scare campaign

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated May 22 2022 - 9:59am, first published 6:30am

A senior Labor official says the party retained the seat of Hunter because it picked the right candidate and showed it "didn't have to tack right on climate change".

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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 stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered 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.