One glaringly obvious element that was missing from last week’s Budget announcement was certainty for the Australian people. The Government announced a number of measures and projected future deficits and future surpluses.
The unfortunate thing is that no one can believe what this Government ... ... (20-May)
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The Government has spent the last few weeks trying to soften the blow of the budget. They have told the Australian public that they have made tough decisions and that these decisions are in our nation’s interests.
We have heard announcements that while the carbon tax will be kept, compensation will... ... (13-May)
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The NDIS, now named DisabilityCare, is a key reform that is supported by political parties of every stripe. In the last week we saw some key steps forward, with more still to come.
Australians support the NDIS, and despite cost of living pressures, I believe that they are willing to contribut... ... (06-May)
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Local Government has been a topic of conversation over the last week after the NSW Independent Review Panel on Local Government released a paper called “Future Directions”. The final report from this panel is not due until later this year, but the paper has initiated interesting discussions re... ... (29-Apr)
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I have often spoken about the valuable work that parliamentary committees do, and the fact that while the media is focused on the combative nature of question time, not enough publicity is given to this important parliamentary resource.
I have been a member of the Standing Co... ... (23-Apr)
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Last week, the Coalition announced its Broadband Policy.
An incoming Coalition Government will have many challenges to overcome, and not least of these is the shape of the budget.
The Coalition’s Broadband Policy, made public last week, will be more affordable than Labor’s B... ... (15-Apr)
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I am a strong supporter of Clubs right across the Electorate. These are our bowling clubs, our returned services clubs, our sporting and golf clubs.
In our communities the Clubs are often the mainstay. They are a central focus point where we have our footy presentatio... ... (08-Apr)
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Mark Coulton MP, Member for Parkes says Labor must rule out making any retrospective changes to superannuation.
“We can’t allow Julia Gillard to raid the individual retirement savings of residents in the Parkes Electorate as a way of trying to cover up her budget black hole”, said Mr Co... ... (08-Apr)
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Last year I was given a real insight into the lives of some of the Australian Defence personnel, who are working hard on behalf of all us.
In August 2012 I spent ten days on the Parliamentary Defence Exchange Program and several days aboard the HMAS ANZAC in the Middle East Gulf Region. I met... ... (02-Apr)
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Last week we saw what a complete shambles this current Labor Government really is.
The leadership speculation reached fever pitch. We may now see a temporary lull, but while ever both Rudd and Gillard are present in the Federal Labor Party tensions will continue.
It is no surprise to... ... (25-Mar)
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