COULTON’S CATCH UP 18 JULY

Tragedy during Bastille Day in Nice I was extremely saddened to awake to the terrible news last Friday of the attack on innocent people undertaking Bastille Day celebrations in Nice. It is truly disappointing that on France’s National Day, such a tragic event has taken place. I pass on my deepest sympathies to any local…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 18 JANUARY

In the lead up to this year's Federal election the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has determined that New South Wales (NSW) will lose one federal electoral division while Western Australia (WA) will gain an extra federal electoral division.   As part of the AEC’s redistribution of federal boundaries in NSW, the augmented Electoral Commission has…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 18 APRIL

It is very welcome news that when Federal Parliament returns this week, the Coalition Government will introduce two bills to abolish the Gillard Government's Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) and provide certainty to numerous small business owner-drivers across Australia. The RSRT has set a controversial minimum rates order that industry groups, farmers and truck drivers…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 17th November

 After years of neglect under the Labor Government, the Coalition is putting the focus back on agriculture. The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper will be the basis for the Government’s policy platform for the agricultural sector. This policy will emphasise the important part that agriculture plays in the Australian economy. The final White Paper is due…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 17th March

 When I was growing up, and even when my children were in their formative years, cyber safety was not really something that I had to worry about. In current times cyber safety is crucial not only for children but people of all ages. The internet is an incredible tool which has evolved remarkably over the…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 17TH AUGUST

Last week I returned to a rather icy cold Canberra for the first week of Federal Parliament sitting since the winter break.    As anticipated, it was a very busy week with the appointment of a new Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP and a special joint Coalition party room…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 17 OCTOBER

Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement In conjunction with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit to Canberra last week, the Coalition Government delivered a comprehensive update of Australia’s second oldest free trade agreement, creating significant opportunities for local service providers and professionals to expand their business. The updated Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) delivers greater access…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 16TH NOVEMBER

Businesses, councils and not-for-profit organisations in Parkes have an opportunity to secure funding from the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme to help create more jobs and to strengthen and diversify the local economy. This follows the announcement by the Australian and NSW governments that $14.1 million of funding would soon be available to…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 16th March

 The Coalition is delivering on its promise to legislate a 1500 Gigalitre buyback cap as a part of the management of the Murray Darling Basin. Legislating the buyback cap was a promise made by the Prime Minister prior to the last election. This legislation will deliver further certainty to farmers and irrigators in the Basin.…

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