Young poets urged to get creative

The annual Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards are open once again, and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton is strongly urging young poets to throw their hat in the ring. “The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards are the perfect opportunity for school students in my electorate to get creative and put pen to paper,” Mr Coulton said. “Based…

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Young citizen scientist keeping watch over Gwydir Wetlands

The environmental importance of the Gwydir Wetlands Ramsar site is being preserved by the next generation of young Australians. While continuing his tour of the northern Murray-Darling Basin today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Bob Baldwin met local sixteen-year-old bird watching enthusiast Curtis Haynes.   Mr Baldwin said Curtis, who is passionate…

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World Prematurity Day

 Yesterday, 17 November, we marked World Prematurity Day. Every year around the world 15 million babies are born too soon and, sadly, one million of these babies do not make it. I am glad to be able to wear this badge and to show my support for families who have been affected by premature birth.…

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Working Holiday Maker Visa Holders Review

The Coalition Government today announced the commencement of a review and public consultation on the broad range of issues affecting the supply and remuneration conditions of labour performed by Working Holiday Maker visa holders. Assistant Minister Luke Hartsuyker, who has responsibility for agricultural workforce matters, will be leading the review. Federal Member for Parkes Mark…

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