Hunter Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon says Tony Abbott has already dudded the region by excluding Bob Baldwin from his new front bench.
The Paterson MP was expected to become the Minister for Regional Development and Tourism, but has instead secured only a junior role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry.
Tourism does not have a separate portfolio in the new ministry, and Warren Truss secured Regional Development.
Mr Fitzgibbon, who served as Agriculture Minister in the final weeks of Kevin Rudd's Government, says it is an early indication of what Mr Abbott thinks of the region.
"For all of six years in Government, we had a cabinet minister at the cabinet table," he said.
"It seems all we get from Tony Abbott is a parliamentary secretary and no mention whatsoever of a key industry for the Hunter and there I'm talking about tourism."
Mr Fitzgibbon says it appears Mr Abbott's regard for the Hunter is different to that of Labor.
"Bob Baldwin talked up his future role, I think Tony Abbott didn't do anything to clarify that.
"So this an early sign of how the Abbott government will treat the Hunter region."
Bob Baldwin says he accepts that Mr Abbott had to make cuts to the size of his Ministry and does not believe it should be seen as a snub to the Hunter region.
"I will be the secretary for industry, and that includes resources, energy, manufacturing, of course the tourism sector which I'm very passionate about," he said.
"So it gives me an opportunity to contribute, not just from Australia's perspective but also to highlight issues and opportunities here in our own region."He says he had several discussions with Tony Abbott yesterday about his decision to drop him from the Ministry.
But Mr Baldwin says he is now focussing on his most important role.
"First and foremost I am the Member for Paterson, and I thank everyone who voted for me and that increased level of confidence.
"That is the first job that I want and the main job I need to keep.
"Anything in addition to that is always a bonus.
"I learned in 1998 when I lost my seat if I wasn't the Member for Paterson, I couldn't be anything else in the parliament."