Coulton’s catch-up for week ending 2 December

Nationals welcome Banking Royal Commission The Federal Nationals have welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission into banks and financial services. This comprehensive inquiry became necessary to restore trust and confidence in Australia’s banking and financial sector following years of concerns, particularly in rural and regional communities, about alleged misconduct and unethical behaviour…

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Coulton’s catch-up for week ending 17 June

The decision by the Nationals/Liberal Government to invest more than $2.1 million in a Moree Academy will be a defining moment for the community. I was delighted to receive notification from the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, advising that the Government will support the establishment of the Moree Academy by providing funding for capital…

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Coulton’s catch-up for week ending 16 September

4.7 million Australians to benefit from September pension indexation  4.7 million pensioners and allowance recipients will receive an increase to their welfare payments from 20 September 2017.  As a result of the regular twice-yearly indexation, pension payments including Age Pension and Disability Support Pension will rise by $6.10 a fortnight to $894.40 for singles and…

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Coulton’s Catch-up for week ending 14 October

Digital assistants helping people complete claims online New digital assistants on the Department of Human Services’ website are answering simple questions and helping people complete their claims for family and student payments online so people don’t have to pick up the phone. Digital assistant ‘Sam’ is one component of the Government’s $1 billion investment in…

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Coulton’s Catch-up for week ending 11 November

Roads to Recovery Last week [08-11-17] the Nationals-Liberal Government launched the first ever Roads to Recovery Statement of Expectations. Local Government Areas using funding from the Roads to Recovery (R2R) Program are urged to focus on improving road safety outcomes when undertaking local road upgrades. When selecting projects, councils are strongly urged to consider the…

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Coulton’s Catch-up for week ending 10 March

4.7 million Australians to benefit from indexation Around 4.7 million pension and allowance recipients will receive an increase to their welfare payments from 20 March. The increases will help pensioners and allowance recipients to keep up with increases in living costs. From 20 March, pension payments including Age Pension and Disability Support Pension will increase…

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Coulton’s catch-up for week ending 10 June

$842,536 boost for Gunida Gunyah’s case management services Additional case management services in Gunnedah have been boosted thanks to an $842,536 grant from the Nationals/Liberal Government, providing support to families with members who are incarcerated or who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. This funding announcement is a welcome boost for an…

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Coulton’s catch-up for week ending 10 February

New NBN pricing delivering better broadband for consumers New wholesale pricing on the National Broadband Network is delivering a better broadband experience for consumers, according to the ACCC’s latest Wholesale Market Indicators report. The report shows the introduction of new wholesale pricing has resulted in a substantial 37 per cent boost to the amount of…

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