Coulton’s catch-up week ending 27 January

Lowest private health insurance premium change in 17 years The Nationals-Liberal Government’s reforms to take the pressure off private health insurance will deliver the lowest annual premium change in almost two decades. Health funds will have average weighted premium increases of 3.95 per cent from 1 April, 2018. This is the lowest increase since 2001.…

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Coulton’s catch-up for week ending 20 January

Continuing rollout of Local Drug Action Teams across Australia The Nationals-Liberal Government is continuing to take action to combat the scourge of ice and other illicit drugs with more Local Drug Action Teams set to rollout across Australia. Applications are now open for the third round of the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program, which…

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Coulton’s Catch-up for the week ending 13 January

$110 million additional investment in child and youth mental health The Coalition Government is continuing to build on record levels of investment in mental health services with an additional $110 million to extend and expand mental health programs for young Australians. We know that around four million Australians experience a mental health condition every year.…

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Coulton’s Catch up for week ending 16 December

2017 has certainly been an interesting time in Australian politics. However, away from the spotlight of Canberra the work of the Government continues.  Last month I celebrated my ten years as the Member for Parkes. The Parkes Electorate is now nearly four times larger than it was at the 2007 election. Over this period of…

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Coulton’s catch-up for week ending 2 December

Nationals welcome Banking Royal Commission The Federal Nationals have welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into banks and financial services. This comprehensive inquiry became necessary to restore trust and confidence in Australia’s banking and financial sector following years of concerns, particularly in rural and regional communities, about alleged misconduct and unethical behaviour…

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Coulton’s catch-up for week ending 25 November

Delivering faster payments for small business The Nationals-Liberal Government will ensure small businesses providing goods and services to the Government will receive faster payments. The Government will now be required to pay invoices for contracts worth up to $1 million within 20 calendar days, an improvement from the current policy of 30 days. This will…

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Coulton’s catch-up week ending 18 November

13 consecutive months of jobs growth Labour force figures released by the ABS show the number of jobs in Australia has increased for the 13th straight month – the longest consecutive run of jobs growth since 1994. In October, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 per cent. There are now 355,700 more Australians in work…

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Coulton’s Catch-up for week ending 11 November

Roads to Recovery Last week [08-11-17] the Nationals-Liberal Government launched the first ever Roads to Recovery Statement of Expectations. Local Government Areas using funding from the Roads to Recovery (R2R) Program are urged to focus on improving road safety outcomes when undertaking local road upgrades. When selecting projects, councils are strongly urged to consider the…

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Coulton’s Catch-up week ending November 4

More support from Medicare Thousands of Australian patients and their families will now be able to access new Medicare supported treatments for breast and ovarian cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, stroke, lymphoma and liver tumours. Women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer will be supported through a new genetic testing through the BRCA…

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Coulton’s catch-up for week ending 28 October

$31 million in additional funding for veteran mental health The Nationals-Liberal Government will provide an additional $31 million to support veterans’ mental health as part of its response to the Senate Inquiry into veterans’ suicide. We best honour the diggers of 1917 by ensuring our veterans in 2017 receive the support they need and deserve.…

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