COULTON’S CATCH UP 5 SEPTEMBER

Opening of the 45th Parliament Last week I was in Canberra for the first sitting week of the 45th Parliament which began with a Welcome to Country ceremony in the Great Hall at Parliament House. On the opening day of the House of Representatives, Member for Casey, the Hon Tony Smith, was re-elected as Speaker…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 29 AUGUST

Western NSW Cancer Centre update Last week I officially received a petition containing well over 45,000 signatures in support of an integrated cancer centre based at Dubbo Hospital. Receiving this petition is certainly one of those special moments in my parliamentary career to date. I could not have predicted the magnitude of the number of…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 15 AUGUST

With the opening of the 45th Parliament approaching, I was fortunate to be in Canberra last week to meet with newly elected MPs as they undertook a two day seminar outlining their roles and responsibilities. Thirty-nine newly elected Coalition, Labor and Independent MPs will take their seats in the House of Representatives when the House…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 15 AUGUST

The announcement by Murray-Darling Basin Authority chief executive Phillip Glyde that the agency will investigate opportunities to decentralise is welcome news. I agree with the Minister for Agriculture the Hon Barnaby Joyce who said the ability of the MDBA to successfully deliver its functions is underpinned by its ability to engage with Basin communities and…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 8 AUGUST

On the road My wife Robyn and I had a busy week on the road last week attending meetings and events in Dubbo, Gunnedah and Moree. In Dubbo, I was very pleased to join the residents and staff members of Kintyre Living to officially turn the first sod for construction of an 80-bed residential aged…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 1 AUGUST

ABS Census Over the past week my offices have received enquiries about the upcoming 2016 Census. It is compulsory for everyone to complete the Census as it provides important information about Australia’s people and their housing as well as helping to estimate Australia’s population. This information is then used to distribute government funds and plan…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 25 JULY

AEC Declaration The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has formally declared the result for the division of Parkes for the 45th Parliament, confirming my re-election as the Federal Member for Parkes. I am absolutely honoured to have been re-elected by the people of the Parkes electorate for a fourth term and I am very much looking…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 18 JULY

Tragedy during Bastille Day in Nice I was extremely saddened to awake to the terrible news last Friday of the attack on innocent people undertaking Bastille Day celebrations in Nice. It is truly disappointing that on France’s National Day, such a tragic event has taken place. I pass on my deepest sympathies to any local…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 11 JULY

On Sunday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared victory in the 2016 federal election following Labor Leader Bill Shorten conceding defeat. For the Nationals, this means the time has come to negotiate a new Coalition Agreement with the Liberal Party. Negotiations for this Agreement will take place between the Leader of the Nationals and Deputy Prime…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 4 JULY

I am pleased to announce that I have been re-elected as the Federal Member for Parkes following the election held on Saturday 2 July 2016. I am absolutely humbled that the people of the Parkes electorate have thrown their support behind me for a fourth time. I would like to thank the people of the…

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