Coulton’s Catch Up 16th February

 The Federal Government has listened to concerns from the community about the amount of oversight for foreign purchases of agricultural land.  Addressing this issue was a key election commitment at the last election and The Nationals are delivering on this issue. The threshold for screening foreign investment in agricultural land will be reduced from $252…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 9th February

 Last week the Federal Nationals Party Room convened in the regional centre of Albury-Wodonga for our first meeting of 2015.  With Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and the rest of the Nationals team, we have established the key areas of policy that will continue to be a priority for us as elected representatives of regional…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 2nd February

 Prior to the Federal Election in 2013 the Coalition made a commitment to hold a review of the Fair Work Laws. The Productivity Commission will undertake this review and has now called for submissions from the public. This independent review will assess the operation of the Fair Work framework and consider options for improvement before…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 26th January

 Businesses in the Parkes Electorate are able to apply for support to boost the skills in their workforce with applications now open for the new $476 million Industry Skills Fund. The fund will provide up to 200,000 training places and skills advice for businesses over the next four years. The Industry Skills Fund is a…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 19th January

 The benefits stemming from Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with Japan will be felt right across regional Australia with local businesses and consumers set to reap the rewards of the deal. The landmark Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) entered into force last week. This means more than 97 per cent of Australia’s goods exports to Japan…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 12th November

 In December last year, Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson issued a new direction to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to increase efforts to monitor pricing and profits in the fuel industry over the next three years. These monitoring reports will be useful evidence for identifying where fuel pricing has not responded to…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 22nd December

 At the end of 2014 I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. There have been many tragedies over the last 12 months both at home and abroad.  The recent Sydney siege has shown that the world can indeed be a dangerous place. Christmas is a time when we…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 15th December

 The Coalition made a commitment to restore order to border protection after years of failed and erratic policy measures under Labor. When the Labor party formed Government in 2007, the Howard Government had made the tough decisions to prevent people from taking the risky route to Australia by sea. Kevin Rudd, and then Julia Gillard,…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 8th December

 National Heritage places are of outstanding heritage value to the nation and reveal the richness and diversity of Australia’s extraordinarily natural environment. The Parkes Electorate is no exception and is home to many of these iconic places. The Australian Government is now calling for nominations for new places to be included on the National Heritage…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 1st December

 There has been a lot of heat in the discussion over funding for public broadcasters over the last week- let’s look at the facts of the situation. 1.       The ABC will continue to receive $5.1 billion dollars in funding over the next 5 years. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is a large organisation receiving more than…

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