Statement on Natural Disasters

 Mr COULTON (Parkes–The Nationals Chief Whip) (12:47): I too rise here this afternoon to speak about the natural disasters that happen around Australia, particularly the ones in my electorate of Parkes. To show the diversity of Australia but particularly of my electorate, I was dealing with floods and bushfires at the same time. Indeed, as I…

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Speech in Federation Chamber – Q Fever

Mr COULTON (Parkes—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (10:46): The drought continues to bite across regional Australia in the eastern States, particularly in my electorate of Parkes, the just under 400,000 square kilometres that I represent in this place. There has been some relief in the north-eastern part of the electorate, and we’re starting…

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Speech in Chamber – 24 October 2019

I’ve got to admit the drought is severe. We have never experienced a level of dryness and drought like we’ve seen over the last three or four years. But, despite that, unemployment levels in regional Australia are quite low. Indeed, before the drought, unemployment in Dubbo was 2.2 per cent and across my entire electorate,…

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Sod turn at Curlewis Pipeline

Residents of the rural township of Curlewis are now closer to a guaranteed water supply, with today marking the official sod turn of the $5.2 million Curlewis Pipeline Project. Federal Member for Parkes was joined by Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Council, Jamie Chaffey, Gunnedah Shire Council staff and representatives from TCM Civil Pty Ltd at…

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