Appropriation Bill (No.4)

Mr COULTON (Parkes-The Nationals Chief Whip) (16:34): While I do not want to be critical of my friend and colleague the member for Shortland, I have never heard such claptrap and propaganda in all my life. She issued a challenge to visit her schools. She should come to the school at Louth in my electorate.…

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Fairer Private Health Insurance Bill 2011

Mr COULTON   (Parkes-The Nationals Chief Whip) (19:27): I rise to speak on the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 2011. I am strongly opposed to this bill. Not only will this bill be detrimental to the people that I represent in the seat of Parkes; it will be detrimental to the country as a…

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Matter of Public Importance- Northern Floods

Mr COULTON   (Parkes-The Nationals Chief Whip) (17:02): I rise to speak on this matter of public importance, brought to the House by the member for Lyne. I would like to note that it is somewhat comforting as a member in this place that sometimes thrives on adversity that at times like this we all…

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Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill

Mark Coulton (Parkes, National Party) I too rise tonight to speak on the minerals resource rent tax bills. If I might start with an observation, tonight we are not hearing from members of the government. Mr Ripoll interjecting– This is my 10c worth. Are they not sufficiently encouraged by the merit of this tax to…

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Telecommunications- Blackspot at Goolma

  Telecommunications in 2011 should be seen as one of the basic tenets of life. It should be seen as something that is available to all Australians. Indeed a mobile phone is the first point of call for most people, and in many places people have done away with their landlines and are operating completely…

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Regional Development Australia

This morning I rise to speak about an issue of grave concern to the people of regional Australia, in particular the people of my electorate-that is, the scandal that has been the Gillard government’s approach to funding regional Australia. Mr Deputy Speaker, you might remember just over 12 months ago, during the period of negotiation…

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