Meals on Wheels

Mr COULTON (Parkes–The Nationals Chief Whip) (20:19): by leave, I move: That the motion be amended to read-That the House: (1) acknowledges the significant community contribution Meals on Wheels Australia has made to the most vulnerable in our society for nearly 60 years; (2) values the many Meals on Wheels Australia volunteers that selflessly dedicate…

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Indigenous Service Personnel

Mr COULTON: I rise today to speak on this motion that I have introduced to the parliament. The timing of this motion is also to acknowledge the importance of Remembrance Day which is less than two weeks away. I believe that Remembrance Day is one of the days of true national significance in this country…

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Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Bill 2012

Mr COULTON (Parkes–The Nationals Chief Whip) (19:28): I, too, rise tonight to speak on the Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Bill 2012 and in support of the amendment introduced by my colleague the member for Calare. There has been a lot of attention on this bill, a lot of discussion and quite a bit of intrigue.…

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Dementia Awareness Week

Mark Coulton (Parkes, National Party) I would like to acknowledge the member for Newcastle for bringing this very important motion into the House. Dementia Awareness Week is a very important part of the process to bring dementia to the forefront for the Australian population. I think awareness of dementia is one of the issues that…

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Coulton on Murray Darling Basin Plan

Mark Coulton (Parkes, National Party) I rise this morning to express my concerns as to the current state of play with the Murray Darling Basin plan. The electorate of Parkes encompasses 24 per cent of the Murray Darling Basin and indeed my constituents are heavily reliant on the health and viability of the river system.…

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Coulton Congratulates Olympians

Mark Coulton (Parkes, National Party) Briefly, I would like to add my comments on the 2012 Olympic Games to the record. First of all, I would like to congratulate the City of London on the fantastic job that they did of hosting the event. Second, I want to speak about the efforts of our Olympians…

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Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Bill 2012

Mr COULTON  (Parkes–The Nationals Chief Whip) (19:30): I too rise tonight to speak on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill 2012 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2012. These bills establish the a new national regulator and regulatory framework for the not-for-profit sector, and provides the powers that the…

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Skills Shortage in Agricultural Sector

I rise tonight to speak about an issue that has become quite a problem in western New South Wales, including in my electorate of Parkes. That issue is the shortage of skilled workers. In the last season since the drought broke there has been a real shortage of people to do the job, mainly in…

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