Port of Newcastle torpedoes talk of government buying out Chinese ownership to accommodate nuclear submarine base

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
April 21 2022 - 3:00am
OWNERSHIP QUESTIONS: Newcastle is one of three options for an east coast nuclear submarine base.

Port of Newcastle special projects director and Nationals senate candidate Ross Cadell has dismissed a report that the federal government could buy out China Merchants' 50 per cent stake in the port so the Navy can build a nuclear submarine base in the city.

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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.