Coulton’s Catch Up 7th April

 The Rudd/Gillard/Rudd Labor Governments did the Australian a great disservice by claiming over and over that they achieved a Budget surplus. The truth is the last time a Federal Labor Government delivered a surplus was back in the 1989-1990 Budget. The elected representative for the Federal Seat of Longman, 23 year old Wyatt Roy, has…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 31st March

 Nothing is clearer to Australians during a drought than the importance of water in sustaining us. I am very pleased that areas of the Electorate have received some rain over the last several weeks but I am still conscious of those areas that have missed out.  Our hopes are with those families, that they find…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 24th March

 In April last year I invited the then Shadow Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, Senator Michael Ronaldson to the Electorate to meet with Veterans to discuss the fair indexation of the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits (DFRB) and Defence force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) military superannuation pensions.  Senator Ronaldson and I both publicly pledged to deliver…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 17th March

 When I was growing up, and even when my children were in their formative years, cyber safety was not really something that I had to worry about. In current times cyber safety is crucial not only for children but people of all ages. The internet is an incredible tool which has evolved remarkably over the…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 10th March

 The future of freight in Australia will be key to our productivity. This is why I am so passionate about the future of the Inland Rail. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss came to Moree on Friday 7th March to attend the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Symposium. The Symposium was a great success and I…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 3rd March

 Last week the Australian Government completed an intergovernmental agreement between all jurisdictions on the Murray Darling Basin Plan. This Agreement included a commitment to cap water purchases at 1500 gigalitres and prioritise water infrastructure programmes. Both are key to binging balance back to the Murray Darling Basin discussion.   Many of the valleys in the Parkes…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 24th February

 This week is DonateLife week and provides us with a great chance to have a conversation with our loved ones about organ and tissue donation.  This is the most important step in ensuring that your wishes are followed in the unfortunate event that organ or tissue donation becomes a possibility. As well as ensuring that…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 17th February

 The drought continues to be the biggest ongoing issue in the Electorate with some areas being affected for two years now. I call on community members to support each other in these times of stress. I would also encourage farmers who are drought affected to resist the urge to “self-assess” when it comes to accessing…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 10th February

 This week marks the return to Parliament for 2014 and the new Government is determined to continue the return of sensible and stable governance.   One of the key issues in the coming sitting weeks will be the carbon tax. Whilst the Coalition has acted quickly to get rid of the Carbon Tax, it is…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 3rd February

 I have been a supporter of “work for the dole” for a long time. When I was Mayor of Gwydir Shire Council I had significant exposure to work for the dole programs that were successfully implemented under the Howard Government. The people that took part in work for the dole often expressed to me their…

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