COULTON’S CATCH UP 16 JANUARY

Shining a spotlight on small business payment terms Payment terms and times for local small businesses are currently in the spotlight, thanks to an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Inquiry. As I travel around my electorate and meet with local small businesses, I hear that cash-flow and payment terms are among the biggest…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 19 DECEMBER

Productivity Commission study into regional economies Last week it was announced that the Productivity Commission will undertake a study into regional economies. With our national economy’s transition away from the resources-led boom towards broader-based growth, we are seeing different challenges and opportunities for Australia’s regions. This study will help to determine how well different regions…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 12 DECEMBER

Broken Hill office open to the public I was very pleased to open the doors of my Broken Hill office to residents of Far West New South Wales (NSW) last week. The office is being looked after by two new staff members. They are Broken Hill residents who, along with the staff in my other…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 5 DECEMBER

Backpacker tax breakthrough The final sitting of Federal Parliament saw the Coalition Government deliver on some of its key promises including the so-called backpacker tax that passed through both Houses of Parliament late last Thursday evening. This tax will give certainty to those sections of rural and regional businesses that rely on backpackers, commencing in…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 28 NOVEMBER

Superannuation changes pass the Parliament Last week the Coalition Government secured parliamentary passage of the most comprehensive suite of superannuation reforms in a decade. This delivers on our commitment to improve the fairness, sustainability, flexibility and integrity of the superannuation system. With our Federal Budget currently under pressure, this saving measure will improve the underlying…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 21 NOVEMBER

Dubbo Sports Awards huge success I was very pleased to host the 14th annual Dubbo Sports Awards alongside my colleague Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee and the Dubbo Sports Council at the Dubbo RSL on Friday evening. This year, the event recognised the outstanding achievements of Dubbo’s and Wellington’s most talented sports people across…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 14 NOVEMBER

The work of McGrath Foundation Breast Care nurses is renowned for supporting Australians touched by breast cancer. It is therefore extremely pleasing to be part of a Coalition Government which has provided $20 million over four years in new funding for McGrath Breast Care nurses to ensure ongoing support for people being treated for breast…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 7 NOVEMBER

Giving our local youth a go I am very proud to be part of a Federal Government that is getting young Australians ready and able to join the workforce through the Coalition Government’s innovative Youth Jobs PaTH programme. Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) will help increase young people’s job prospects by ensuring they are better prepared…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 31 OCTOBER

Assistant Minister for Rural Health visits Dubbo I was very pleased to host my National Party colleague, Assistant Minister for Rural Health Dr David Gillespie, in Dubbo last week. Minister Gillespie was appointed to the Rural Health portfolio following the Federal election in July this year. He comes with an extensive medical background including 21…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 24 OCTOBER

Veterans Health Week 2016 Encouraging health and wellbeing and tackling the challenges faced by veterans and their families is a priority for the Australian Government. Veterans’ Health Week runs from 22-30 October and this year focuses on social connection, with more than 300 events planned around the country. We owe enormous gratitude to the men…

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