Coulton’s Catch Up: Remote voting issues for Referendum; Coalition consults about water; Strength in our communities

Remote voting issues for Referendum Residents from the Ivanhoe area have contacted my office recently to advise that they weren’t made aware of a Remote Voter Services team visiting the town ahead of the 2023 Referendum on a Voice to Parliament. I reached out to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for answers about this, and…

Coulton’s Catch Up: A visit from Coalition colleagues; Senate inquiry into air services; Referendum draws closer

A visit from Coalition colleagues Last week the Leader of the Opposition Peter Dutton made time for a visit to Moree and then Dubbo, where we also met with Leader of the Nationals David Littleproud and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians Jacinta Nampijinpa Price. I greatly appreciate that my Coalition colleagues made it a priority…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Inquiry into COVID-19; World Pharmacists Day; Assistance for tertiary students and apprentices

Inquiry into COVID-19 Recently the Labor Government began its Commonwealth Government COVID-19 Response Inquiry (the Inquiry) with the purpose of identifying lessons learned to improve Australia’s preparedness for future pandemics. I welcome this Inquiry as I believe it’s a good thing to assess what did and didn’t work during the COVID-19 Pandemic. When the Pandemic…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Labor’s Basin Plan will cost us; Calling all photographers; Preparing for the 2023 Referendum

Labor’s Basin Plan will cost us I joined my Coalition colleagues in Parliament recently to speak up as a group against Labor’s disastrous move to re-introduce water buybacks into the Murray Darling Basin Plan regardless of the economic impact on agricultural communities. This press conference followed on from a roundtable discussion with representatives from horticulture,…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Are you ready for the Referendum? Bungling the Basin Plan; Photo competition now open!

Are you ready for the Referendum? With the Referendum for the Voice to Parliament now confirmed for Saturday 14 October, I am encouraging all eligible residents of the Parkes electorate to ensure they are ready to vote. Like regular elections, many residents in the Parkes electorate will use the postal voting system for the Referendum.…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Last week for Volunteer Grant applications; Pharmacies facing the fallout; Students meet the Speaker of the House

Last week for Volunteer Grant applications We are fast approaching the deadline for this year’s round of Volunteer Grants, with the 2023 round closing at 5pm AEST on Friday 8 September. These grants are designed to help volunteer organisations pay for equipment, promotional activities, fuel costs or other expenses so that they can continue to…

Coulton’s Catch Up: Ground-breaking Baaka Cultural Centre; Speaking up for free speech; Recognising our local veterans

Ground-breaking Baaka Cultural Centre I was thrilled to be part of the ground-breaking ceremony for the Baaka Cultural Centre project last week in Wilcannia. After some setbacks, this $9.5 million project is finally underway and I can’t wait to see the old Knox and Downs building in Wilcannia’s main street transformed into a fabulous centre…