Coulton’s Catch Up – Further Inland Rail uncertainty; Grants to strengthen our communities; Drop in trainees and apprentices; Family car tax to hit hip pockets of regional families

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is concerned Labor’s proposed Vehicle Efficiency Standard will add thousands of dollars to the cost of cars that regional Australians drive. Further Inland Rail uncertainty Last week I was terribly disheartened to hear that there are currently no plans to continue work on the Inland Rail north…

BILLS Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2023-2024 Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2023-2024 Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2023-2024 Second Reading

Mr COULTON (Parkes—Chief Nationals Whip) (18:27): I rise tonight to speak on this Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2023-2024 and express my concern about how the Albanese Labor government seems to have abandoned regional Australia and particularly my electorate in a whole range of ways. In some ways, I can’t believe it’s on purpose. I think…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Flooding in the north-west; Honours for Parkes constituents; Meeting with the Muslim community

Flooding in the north-west Tropical cyclone Kirrily has resulted in large storms across north-western NSW, and Lightning Ridge has been one area of the electorate hit particularly hard by heavy rainfall. While this has benefited some, it has also caused significant damage to homes and businesses. My thoughts are with constituents who have withstood the…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Farewelling Scott Morrison; Australia Day 2024; MindSpot free mental health support; Rebuilding Regional Communities grants

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Robyn Coulton with then Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Government House Farewelling Scott Morrison Scott Morrison has recently announced that he will retire from politics after more than 16 years as a Federal Member of Parliament. I was elected on the same day 16 years ago…