COULTON’S CATCH UP 23 MAY

If you’ve been following the Federal election campaign, you’ve probably heard Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull referring to the Government’s national economic plan for jobs and growth. With last week’s announcement of a review of the non-permanent resident tax rate to backpackers, I found myself reflecting on not just the economic but also social issues that…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 16 MAY

There has been a lot of talk about the nbn rollout of late with many questions being asked about who will be able to access what services and when. One service that is particularly relevant for many businesses and residents in the Federal electorate of Parkes is nbn’s Sky Muster satellite network which was officially…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 9 MAY

On Sunday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that a double dissolution election will be held on Saturday, 2 July 2016. It has been a great honour to have represented the Federal electorate of Parkes for the last three parliamentary terms and I would be privileged to continue to represent the people of Western New South…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 2 MAY

I was very concerned to hear of Labor’s announcement that they intend to introduce an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and use Commonwealth legislation to reinstate native vegetation laws and restrict land clearing if elected to Government at this year’s Federal election. Labor’s intention to introduce an ETS represents yet another new Labor tax on hardworking…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 25 APRIL

Anzac Day always prompts us to take a moment to remember those who have served our country and the price they have paid, sometimes with their health and wellbeing, and in many cases with their lives. I attended the Kokoda Barracks in Dubbo a couple of weeks ago to look at the refurbishment of war…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 18 APRIL

It is very welcome news that when Federal Parliament returns this week, the Coalition Government will introduce two bills to abolish the Gillard Government's Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) and provide certainty to numerous small business owner-drivers across Australia. The RSRT has set a controversial minimum rates order that industry groups, farmers and truck drivers…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 11 APRIL

I welcome the Commonwealth-State joint-funding announcement of $2.59 million in projects to help better protect New South Wales (NSW) communities from the threat of bush fire. This funding commitment will contribute $300,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service for aerial firefighting supply tanks in the Warrumbungle, Moree Plains, Narromine, Gwydir and Narrabri local government areas.…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 4 APRIL

With state Premiers in Canberra for the latest Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, the states and territories agreed to sweeping reforms to country of origin food labelling which will give Australian consumers clearer and more meaningful information about the products they buy. This agreement comes after decades of frustration on the part of consumers…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 28 MARCH

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement to recall Parliament from 18 April has certainly attracted some attention over recent days. The Prime Minister has made this decision in order to provide the Senate with ample opportunity to consider and pass what is known as the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) Bill and the Registered Organisations…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 21 MARCH

Following extensive sittings of Federal Parliament in Canberra and hours of debate, the Government’s Senate voting reform bill has finally passed through the Parliament. These reforms were vital and are designed to empower voters to have their preferences reflected in any Senate election, by improving the transparency of Senate voting arrangements. The reforms include the…