Coulton’s Catch Up 16th June

 In Australia, the debate that has occurred over the last decade has not been about climate change itself but just about how Government should address climate change. The Coalition is absolutely committed to repealing the carbon tax because we believe that it is not the right way to deal with climate change. The carbon tax…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 16th February

 The Federal Government has listened to concerns from the community about the amount of oversight for foreign purchases of agricultural land.  Addressing this issue was a key election commitment at the last election and The Nationals are delivering on this issue. The threshold for screening foreign investment in agricultural land will be reduced from $252…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 16 MAY

There has been a lot of talk about the nbn rollout of late with many questions being asked about who will be able to access what services and when. One service that is particularly relevant for many businesses and residents in the Federal electorate of Parkes is nbn’s Sky Muster satellite network which was officially…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 16 JANUARY

Shining a spotlight on small business payment terms Payment terms and times for local small businesses are currently in the spotlight, thanks to an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Inquiry. As I travel around my electorate and meet with local small businesses, I hear that cash-flow and payment terms are among the biggest…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 15TH JUNE

Last week, I attended the NSW Nationals Annual General Conference in the Hunter Valley. The Nationals have 24 Members in the NSW Parliament.  All of these Members attended the conference, including Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals, the Hon Troy Grant.   The conference was also attended by some of my Federal Nationals…

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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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