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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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 31 August 2018

Aussie grown is best Demand for Aussie grown produce both domestically and in international markets is on the rise. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resources Economics recently released its Food demand in Australia report to outline key trends. Australia’s food exports have increased by 6.5 per cent a year since 2009-10 to $39 billion…

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Coulton’s Catch Up – week ending 24 August 2018

More sustainable higher education The Coalition Government’s plan for a more sustainable higher education student loans scheme has passed the Parliament. This means future generations will have access to study opportunities at Australia’s world-class institutions, which is good news for the student community right across the Parkes electorate. Under the changes, a student loan will…

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