Matter of Public Importance- Regional Australia

 It is always interesting, in a debate on regional Australia, to follow the member for Perth, which is one of those far-flung regional centres that was so disadvantaged by the last parliament that we had to spend about $14 million on their road to the airport. The member for Perth mentioned the freezing of the…

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Australia’s Freight Rail Network- Question Without Notice

 My question is to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development. Will the Deputy Prime Minister outline what the government is doing to improve Australia’s freight rail network?   Mr TRUSS (Wide Bay–Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development) (14:22): I thank the honourable member for his question. I…

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Men’s Shed Barbecue

 I would like to speak about something a little bit more pleasant! And that is about Men’s Sheds and the important role that Men’s Sheds play not only in my electorate but right across Australia. Next week I am pleased to be hosting a barbecue, along with my colleague the member for Fowler, Mr Chris…

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Fixed Wireless for Coolah district

 Around 300 houses in the Coolah area are a step closer to having access to superfast broadband, with construction on the fixed wireless network in the area now underway. The fixed wireless network will utilise advanced 4G technology to deliver speeds of up to 25 megabits per second, which will enable multiple high definition videos…

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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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Polio- $100 million commitment over 5 years

  I would like to thank the member for Fremantle for bringing this motion into the House and having such an important issue debated in this place. I would also like to acknowledge the fact that the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, at the Rotary conference in Sydney a couple of weeks ago, committed Australia to another…

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$1.6m for students in western NSW

 High School students in western New South Wales will benefit from a $1.6 million investment from the Australian Government through the support programme Get Real. Secondary school students in the Dubbo area will have access to dedicated coordinators who can assist them with problems in or out of school that might affect their attendance or…

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Celebrate with Slim Dusty

 Lifelong Slim Dusty fan Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has called on all Australians to celebrate Slim Dusty Day on June 13 in recognition of the country singer’s impact on Australian life. Mr Coulton said that he had joined the campaign for a National Slim Dusty Day and felt that the movement had a…

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