Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 9 November 2018

Visa program changes to benefit farmers The Coalition Government has made changes to two visa programs that will help resolve agricultural labour shortages in the Parkes electorate, assisting farmers to continue to do what they do best. Adjustments to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) subclass 417 and 462 visa program have been designed to target…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 2 November 2018

Travels through Western NSW Last week saw me travel to eight towns in the Parkes electorate. Commencing in Dubbo and heading on to Warren, I visited the Men’s Sheds at both Warren and Trangie, which each successfully received grants under the Federal Government’s National Shed Development Programme. Warren Men’s Shed will use their $2,000 for…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 19 October 2018

Photo Caption: Robyn and Mark Coulton with Jillian Kilby. Parliamentary sitting fortnight commences I spent last week at Parliament House in Canberra, marking the commencement of another parliamentary sitting fortnight.  During the week I had the privilege of speaking to students and staff from St Joseph's School Mungindi and St Joseph's Warialda, as well as…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 12 October 2018

Drought Finance Taskforce A new Drought Finance Taskforce was announced last week, which will look at how the government and banks can further support farmers and small businesses. I’m pleased the communities in my electorate dealing with the drought continue to be a priority for the government through the expansion of the $1.8 billion Drought…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 5 October 2018

Holiday in your own backyard Australians are choosing to holiday in their own backyard and are spending record amounts, according to the latest National Visitor Survey. This is great news, and I’d like to see more people getting out and about in the Parkes electorate where there is a hugely diverse offering for visitors. With…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 28 September 2018

Innovation for irrigators I was pleased to attend an event near Narromine recently, to launch Australia’s biggest solar diesel hybrid pumping system, installed by Australian company, ReAqua. I was joined by NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, and Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, as the pump was switched on for the very first time…

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Indonesia trade deal

Indonesia trade deal I’m pleased that Australia and Indonesia have successfully concluded negotiations on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), deepening our economic and security cooperation with one of our major trading partners. Indonesia is one of the largest economies in the world, and building the economic ties between our nations will lead to…

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