COULTON’S CATCH UP 14 MARCH

Over the past few months I have been contacted by many constituents from across the federal electorate of Parkes expressing their concerns about the future direction of superannuation in Australia. The Federal Government recognises that superannuation is, by its nature, a long-term investment and considers it important that people have sufficient confidence in the system…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 7 MARCH

As someone who currently represents a third of rural and regional NSW, I understand how valuable local news services are to my constituents.  They not only keep locals informed but also tell the stories of our regional communities.   Because of this I welcome the most significant changes to media laws in a generation that…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 29 FEBRUARY

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has announced that this year’s federal election will be conducted on new House of Representatives electoral divisions in New South Wales (NSW).   This announcement has confirmed that the federal electorate of Parkes will increase in size from 256,000 square kilometres to approximately 400,000 square kilometres.    This means that…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 22 FEBRUARY

Following Warren Truss’ retirement as Leader of The Nationals and other movements in the Coalition Government over the past few weeks, the Turnbull Government Ministry has now been sworn in at Government House in Canberra.   These changes have resulted in some significant milestones for The Nationals including a brand new leadership team which, for…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 8 FEBRUARY

Last week marked the first parliamentary sitting week of 2016 and what better way to end the week than with the signing of the agreed text for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).   The TPP is a landmark regional trade agreement covering some of the world’s largest economies including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico,…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 1 FEBRUARY

As part of my Parliamentary Committee service in Canberra, I am currently a Member of the House of Representatives Indigenous Affairs Committee.   With the Federal electorate of Parkes currently spanning one-third of Western New South Wales (NSW), I am proud to represent more Aboriginal people than nearly any other Member of Parliament in Canberra.…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 18 JANUARY

In the lead up to this year's Federal election the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has determined that New South Wales (NSW) will lose one federal electoral division while Western Australia (WA) will gain an extra federal electoral division.   As part of the AEC’s redistribution of federal boundaries in NSW, the augmented Electoral Commission has…

COULTON’S CATCH UP 21ST DECEMBER

The Federal Government has released the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).   The purpose of the MYEFO is to provide an update on the economic and fiscal outlook for Australia.  It also provides an update on the Federal Government’s budgetary position.    It doesn’t come as any real surprise that the Government’s budgetary position…