Coulton’s Catch Up 9th June

 The Coalition Government has released its Water Recovery Strategy for the Murray-Darling Basin. The Strategy outlines how the Government will return the Murray Darling Basin river system to health by recovering 2750 billion litres of surface water for the environment. It is essential that investment in our river system continues and I am pleased that…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 9th February

 Last week the Federal Nationals Party Room convened in the regional centre of Albury-Wodonga for our first meeting of 2015.  With Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and the rest of the Nationals team, we have established the key areas of policy that will continue to be a priority for us as elected representatives of regional…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 9 MAY

On Sunday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that a double dissolution election will be held on Saturday, 2 July 2016. It has been a great honour to have represented the Federal electorate of Parkes for the last three parliamentary terms and I would be privileged to continue to represent the people of Western New South…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 8th September

 While parts of NSW are experiencing an exceptional season there are areas in the North West of New South Wales which are still in the grips of severe drought. Areas in Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett are experiencing a one in one hundred year drought. There is assistance available to farmers and households who are suffering…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 8TH JUNE

Renewable energy was on the agenda again in Parliament last week, with the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill up for debate. The proposed legislative amendments contained in the bill restore some balance in the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Scheme.  They also bring the RET back to a more achievable level.   Renewable energy plays an…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 8th December

 National Heritage places are of outstanding heritage value to the nation and reveal the richness and diversity of Australia’s extraordinarily natural environment. The Parkes Electorate is no exception and is home to many of these iconic places. The Australian Government is now calling for nominations for new places to be included on the National Heritage…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 8 FEBRUARY

Last week marked the first parliamentary sitting week of 2016 and what better way to end the week than with the signing of the agreed text for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).   The TPP is a landmark regional trade agreement covering some of the world’s largest economies including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico,…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 8 AUGUST

On the road My wife Robyn and I had a busy week on the road last week attending meetings and events in Dubbo, Gunnedah and Moree. In Dubbo, I was very pleased to join the residents and staff members of Kintyre Living to officially turn the first sod for construction of an 80-bed residential aged…

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COULTON’S CATCH UP 7TH SEPTEMBER

I was honoured to host my colleague and friend, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon Warren Truss MP in Dubbo and Narromine last week.   We firstly attended the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets with the Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Mathew Dickerson viewing plans for the upgrade of the cattle…

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Coulton’s Catch Up 7th July

 An alarming study commissioned by Woolworths earlier this year showed some shocking statistics when it comes to knowing where our food comes from. According to the study of over 1600 children aged between six and 17 year olds more than 60% did not know that mint grows from the ground and 92% didn’t know that…

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