Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Page Kevin Hogan at the official ceremony to acknowledge the completion of the Pacific Highway Upgrade.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Page Kevin Hogan at the official ceremony to acknowledge the completion of the Pacific Highway Upgrade.

PM calls in to New Italy to open new highway

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From The Daily Examiner is a six-part series that takes listeners on an emotional journey to reveal the full story behind the 1989 Cowper bus disaster near Grafton. Told through the eyes of those who witnessed the horror, some sharing their story for the first time, each episode explores a different aspect of the event to reveal a tangled web of trauma and negligence, and how Australia's worst road disaster at the time was the catalyst for the nation's largest road infrastructure project, the Pacific Highway Upgrade.

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THEY arrived at New Italy like any other bus group travelling on the Pacific Highway.

Walking into the cafe, he ordered a coffee and she bought a souvenir.

The only difference? The woman was NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and man was Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Page Kevin Hogan at the official ceremony to acknowledge the completion of the Pacific Highway Upgrade.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Page Kevin Hogan at the official ceremony to acknowledge the completion of the Pacific Highway Upgrade.

Surrounded by media staff and security, as well as fellow politicians Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Page MP Kevin Hogan, the dignitaries arrived at New Italy this morning to officially open the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade of the Pacific Highway.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was joined by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy PM Michael McCormack and Page MP Kevin Hogan at New Italy Cafe on the Pacific Highway to officially open the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on December 17, 2020. Photo: Adam Hourigan.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was joined by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy PM Michael McCormack and Page MP Kevin Hogan at New Italy Cafe on the Pacific Highway to officially open the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on December 17, 2020. Photo: Adam Hourigan.

Mr Morrison and Ms Berejiklian acknowledged the area they were in was significantly different now to how it was one year ago when it was then surrounded by fire devastation, and noted the remarkable comeback of the area as they prepared to face the media throng.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was joined by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy PM Michael McCormack and Page MP Kevin Hogan at New Italy Cafe on the Pacific Highway to officially open the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on December 17, 2020. Photo: Adam Hourigan.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was joined by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy PM Michael McCormack and Page MP Kevin Hogan at New Italy Cafe on the Pacific Highway to officially open the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade on December 17, 2020. Photo: Adam Hourigan.

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