Sustainable Medicare essential to Australia’s future

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the Government has listened to community concern and would make changes to the proposed Medicare co-payment. The changes will mean the Medicare rebate for common consultations will be reduced by $5 only for non-concessional patients over the age of 16. The Government will not impose a co-payment on…

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Rural R&D round one funding closing soon

 The application period for the first round of the Australian Government’s $100 million Rural Research and Development (R&D) for Profit grants programme is now open. The application period closes on 15 December. Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton encouraged local industry, researchers and private organisations to think creatively to develop innovative and ongoing collaborations that…

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Coulton Congratulates Royal Far West on 90th Anniversary

   Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, has congratulated the Royal Far West on providing services to children from the regions for the last 90 years. In a speech to the Australian Parliament this week Mr Coulton commended the work undertaken by Royal Far West in health, education and recreational services for kids from the…

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More than 39 new aged care places in the Parkes Electorate

 More than 39 new aged care places will be delivered across the Parkes Electorate, worth an estimated $2.3 million, following the conclusion of the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR). Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, said the additional places would help meet demand for quality aged care services in our community. “This highly competitive…

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$3 Million secured for Maranatha House

 Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has announced that Maranatha House at Wellington will receive $3 million for capital works through the latest Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR). “This is obviously very welcome news for Maranatha House who will be able to use this funding to undertake necessary upgrades to their infrastructure,” said Mr Coulton.…

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Legislation to combat cyber-bullying introduced into Parliament

 In a big step towards Australian children being better protected against cyberbullying and safer when they go online, the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 was introduced in the Commonwealth Parliament, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton announced today. “Parents, schools, teachers and children in the Parkes Electorate have given me extensive feedback about…

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Labor treated Regional Development like a Political Toy

 A recently released report from the Australian National Audit Office has shown discrepancies within Rounds Three and Four of the Regional Development Fund.  Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton believes that the previous Labor Government was guilty of willful mismanagement of the program to the detriment of regional communities. “The Audit Office has shown a…

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