Coulton’s Catch Up – Retirement announcement; Coalition cracks down on youth crime; Changes to car tax not good enough; Funding for women to play their way

Retirement announcement Last week I announced my intention to retire at the next election and since then I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and well wishes I have received from the people of the Parkes electorate and colleagues from all sides of politics. What has been most touching is the countless messages…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Bizarre biosecurity bill; Energy bills continue to rise under Labor; Youth crime a complex issue

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton spoke against the biosecurity protection levy bill in Parliament last week. Bizarre biosecurity bill Last week in Parliament I spoke against Labor’s biosecurity protection levy bill which proposes to charge farmers for the biosecurity costs of importing products to Australia. To ask Australian farmers to pay for…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Pharmacy agreement reached, Tax an attack on the bush, Qantas Regional Grants Program open

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton met with Tait Auto Group General Manager Kendall Tait to discuss Labor’s proposed new Vehicle Efficiency Standard. Pharmacy agreement reached Last week the Pharmacy Guild of Australia reached an agreement with the Labor Government to secure Australia’s 8th Community Pharmacy Agreement. While the full details are yet…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Call for over-recovered water to be returned; Funding for Dubbo poet to publish book; Catching up with constituents; Connecting communities

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (centre) caught up with the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association of NSW President Tanya Mitchell and Vice President and Tertiary Convener Robin Beckwith at the ICPA NSW’s 52nd Annual State Conference in Dubbo. Call for over-recovered water to be returned Water Minister Tanya Plibersek has recently indicated that…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Flawed housing bill; Farmers once again to foot the bill; Thoughts with Palestine; Funding on offer for local festivals

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (centre) met with Dr Damian Spruce and Adair O’Brien from Caritas Australia to get an update on the humanitarian crisis taking place in Gaza. Flawed housing bill Last week I spoke in Parliament in opposition to Labor’s Help to Buy Bill, which will allow first home buyers…

Coulton’s Catch Up – Big week back on the road; Narromine Lions Club funding; Funding opportunity for childcare providers; Live music grants available

Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton met with Narromine Lions Club members to check out the completed restoration of the historic turntable precinct. Big week back on the road I was happy to be back out on the road last week after a few weeks in Canberra. My favourite part of the job…

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…

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…