1 July, 2023
Coulton's Catch Up - June 6, 2023
UK Free Trade Agreement
Good news for farmers and those
seeking work in the United Kingdom!
On Wednesday, May 31, we welcomed
into force the Australia-United Kingdom
Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA).
The groundwork for this historic deal
was laid by my coalition colleagues, and
I’m pleased that it has now been ratified,
with 99 per cent of Australian products
now able to enter the UK duty-free with
a timetable for the elimination of tariffs
on beef, sheep-meat, dairy, and sugar.
This agreement also opens-up opportunities
for more Australians to work
professionally in the UK, including
Organ donation and transplantation
In Parliament last week, I spoke on
the Australian Organ and Tissue
Donation and Transplantation Authority
Amendment (Disclosure of Information)
This Bill is to allow more
information, with the permission of families,
to be dispersed to the public to raise
awareness around organ and tissue donation.
I have argued that the privacy of
recipients needs to be guarded completely.
I have also argued that those who
choose to donate their organs or tissues,
need to inform their family members of
their wishes very clearly to prevent further
grief should they pass away.
I supported the Bill, with the reservation
that it needed to be carefully scrutinised
through the Senate process.
For my complete speech, go to my
website, where you can find copies of all
Delegation from the Philippines
Recently in Canberra, I had the pleasure
of providing a briefing to the
Australian Political Exchange Council’s
14th Delegation from the Philippines.
The Exchange supports visits of
young political leaders between
Australia and other countries, and I was
glad to meet with these outstanding
young people representing the
These young leaders, all from rural
areas of the Philippines, were engaged,
articulate, and very keen to learn more
about the National Party and Australian
It’s a reminder that we are part of an
interconnected global community, and
that our young people are very much our
future across the world.
Referendum legislation passes
Last week, I was called upon to count
the votes as the House of Representatives
(Lower House) passed legislation for the
referendum on enshrining a Voice to
This referendum is likely to occur
later this year, and it is Australians who
will decide whether to adopt the proposed
changes to the constitution.
This will be a permanent change. A referendum is the only mechanism by which Australia’s constitution can be changed. Since 1901, only eight of 44 changes proposed by a referendum have been successful.