COULTON’S CATCH UP 21 MARCH

Following extensive sittings of Federal Parliament in Canberra and hours of debate, the Government’s Senate voting reform bill has finally passed through the Parliament. These reforms were vital and are designed to empower voters to have their preferences reflected in any Senate election, by improving the transparency of Senate voting arrangements. The reforms include the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 15 FEBRUARY

After 26 years in Federal Parliament and more than 8 years as Leader of The Nationals, Warren Truss has officially announced that he will retire at the next Federal election and has consequently stepped down from his leadership position.   Warren is one of the most decent men I know.  His calm and dignified nature…

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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,…

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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.…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 25 JANUARY

Australia Day has become a day of great national significance which is embraced by Australians regardless of where they have come from or how long they have been here.   No matter where you live in Western New South Wales (NSW), you won’t have to look very far to find a community or family event…

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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…

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