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The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration of women and protection of the fossil-fuel industry.

This is brought into sharp relief with the impending by-election for the Upper Hunter seat, previously held by a minister who thought it was appropriate to be sexting someone while sitting in the chambers of the NSW parliament.

His recent statement on a parliamentary-funded website page rejects these ‘serious allegations’ and then goes on to to state that he is ‘an imperfect human’ but still feels the need to remind us that the ‘needs of the electorate come first and that is the approach [he] has always taken, often at great personal sacrifice’. Insert your own expletive here.

In response to this fiasco and the likelihood of losing the by-election, old mate Pork-Barilaro quickly realised his recent endorsement in Parliament of the appointment of Malcolm Turnbull as chairperson of the Green Energy Advisory Board was not going to fly with coalition backbenchers who value incumbency over fighting climate change. When is the time to own up to the failings and inappropriate standards of so many (male) parliamentarians? When is the time to enter the new paradigm of renewable energy and the associated massive job creation knock-on? I suggest to you it is now, 2021, and not a moment later. Voters of the Upper Hunter please send a clear message to the NSW parliament.

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