Coulton’s Catch Up 15th December

 The Coalition made a commitment to restore order to border protection after years of failed and erratic policy measures under Labor. When the Labor party formed Government in 2007, the Howard Government had made the tough decisions to prevent people from taking the risky route to Australia by sea. Kevin Rudd, and then Julia Gillard,…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 15 AUGUST

With the opening of the 45th Parliament approaching, I was fortunate to be in Canberra last week to meet with newly elected MPs as they undertook a two day seminar outlining their roles and responsibilities. Thirty-nine newly elected Coalition, Labor and Independent MPs will take their seats in the House of Representatives when the House…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 15 AUGUST

The announcement by Murray-Darling Basin Authority chief executive Phillip Glyde that the agency will investigate opportunities to decentralise is welcome news. I agree with the Minister for Agriculture the Hon Barnaby Joyce who said the ability of the MDBA to successfully deliver its functions is underpinned by its ability to engage with Basin communities and…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 14th July

 Last week we saw another attempt from the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to disrupt an agricultural industry. The footage was strategically released and designed to sensationalize the mistreatment of sheep during shearing. PETA have shown their aggressive tactics before and the footage cannot be taken at face value. There…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 14TH DECEMBER

I am very pleased to confirm that the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will enter into force on Sunday, 20 December 2015 opening up fantastic opportunities for our local exporters.   This announcement by the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP follows the ‘exchange of notes’ between both countries in…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 14th April

I strongly encourage those with an interest in Australian agriculture and agribusiness to make a submission to the Federal Government’s White Paper. The White Paper will drive policies in the agricultural industry into the future and is concerned with profitability and boosting Australia’s productivity. The White Paper will be an essential base in the development…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 14 NOVEMBER

The work of McGrath Foundation Breast Care nurses is renowned for supporting Australians touched by breast cancer. It is therefore extremely pleasing to be part of a Coalition Government which has provided $20 million over four years in new funding for McGrath Breast Care nurses to ensure ongoing support for people being treated for breast…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 14 MARCH

Over the past few months I have been contacted by many constituents from across the federal electorate of Parkes expressing their concerns about the future direction of superannuation in Australia. The Federal Government recognises that superannuation is, by its nature, a long-term investment and considers it important that people have sufficient confidence in the system…

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