When Paul Keating speaks up, people usually listen.
The former prime minister spoke up this week, calling for a fast train between Sydney and Newcastle.
Mr Keating said the government should take advantage of current low interest rates to invest in very large infrastructure projects.
He nominated a fast train between Newcastle and Sydney as an idea that would deliver substantial economic and social benefits.
Also this week, concerns about energy security and the Hunter's economic future have been back on the agenda.