Coulton’s Catch Up 31st March

 Nothing is clearer to Australians during a drought than the importance of water in sustaining us. I am very pleased that areas of the Electorate have received some rain over the last several weeks but I am still conscious of those areas that have missed out.  Our hopes are with those families, that they find…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 31ST AUGUST

Whilst our Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott spent last week visiting Indigenous communities in the Torres Strait and on the tip of Cape York, I too spent the week meeting with some organisations undertaking significant work with members of Indigenous communities across the Parkes electorate.   I had the pleasure of attending two events…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 31 OCTOBER

Assistant Minister for Rural Health visits Dubbo I was very pleased to host my National Party colleague, Assistant Minister for Rural Health Dr David Gillespie, in Dubbo last week. Minister Gillespie was appointed to the Rural Health portfolio following the Federal election in July this year. He comes with an extensive medical background including 21…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 30TH NOVEMBER

With only one parliamentary sitting week left for 2015, the Coalition Government is working very hard to address some of the key issues facing our communities.   One of these is mental health.  Last week the Coalition Government released its response to the National Mental Health Commission’s Review of Mental Health Programme and Services.  The…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 30th March

 Sport plays an important part in the lives of Australians and being active is an essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle. The Australian Government currently spends about $100 million a year on various initiatives to encourage participation in sports. The sports sector also generates nearly $13 billion in income every year and employs more…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 30th March

Sport plays an important part in the lives of Australians and being active is an essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle. The Australian Government currently spends about $100 million a year on various initiatives to encourage participation in sports. The sports sector also generates nearly $13 billion in income every year and employs more…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 30th June

 The Coalition recognises the important part that General Practitioners play in delivering health services in regional Australia. In the 2014/15 Budget the Coalition Government has allocated $52.5 million to rural and regional areas across Australia for general practices to build facilities needed in order for GPs to take on more trainees. This funding will be…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 30 MAY

I was very pleased to receive a call from the office of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce late last week advising me that we had successfully secured a pledge that a re-elected Coalition Government will contribute $25 million towards vital cancer services for the people of Western New South Wales (NSW). According to Cancer Council…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 3 OCTOBER

The recent announcement that the Coalition Government will cut the proposed backpacker tax from 32.5 per cent to 19 per cent from 1 January 2017 is good news for the Parkes electorate. The Government recognises that working holiday makers are an important part of Australia’s $43.4 billion tourism industry and a key source of labour,…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 2ND NOVEMBER

I welcome last week’s announcement by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP of a $20 million Volunteer Grant funding round.   This Commonwealth Government funding provides a fantastic opportunity for community organisations to apply for grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to assist their volunteers by helping to make their work…

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