Former Cessnock councillor and deputy mayor Brian Burston has been officially voted in to the NSW Senate.
The One Nation candidate, who was born in Cessnock Hospital and grew up in Bellbird, was announced as a senator on Thursday morning, alongside 11 other successful candidates.
Mr Burston said it was exciting times with four One Nation senators now officially declared across the country.
Mr Burston said he will fight against the Wine Equalisation Tax changes that were brought in by the federal government in the recent budget.
“That tax is going to put a lot of small wineries out of business,” he said.
He also said he will be holding the government accountable to their promise of $55 million for blood testing and an epidemiology study for Salt Ash residents affected by contamination.
The NSW senate will be made up of three Liberals, four Labor senators, two Nationals, a Green, a Liberal Democrat and Mr Burston.
A formal declaration of the poll for the NSW Senate will take place on Friday.
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