3 June, 2023
Coulton's Catch Up - May 16, 2023
Far West students visit Canberra
I had some fabulous visitors at
Parliament House last Wednesday morning.
A student group, all the way from the
Broken Hill School Of The Air, as well
as Tibooburra and White Cliffs, joined
me to learn more about our government.
These students were so curious and
asked many questions — they are a tribute
to their teachers and parents. I shared
with them part of my story, which started
in farming, and made the point to them
that they too, could one day be a member
of parliament — the future is theirs!
Meeting with the Isolated Children’s
Last Wednesday afternoon, I met with
the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association
(ICPA) of Australia to discuss the
work they do in advocating for access to
education for rural and remote students.
The ICPA has done much to
ensure children and young people in isolated
areas have the telecommunications
and support the need to access educational
materials and receive necessary
If a family is out droving, their kids
still need to get their schoolwork done as
they move across remote locations.
The ICPA helps families like this — I
commend the work they do and I was
glad to sit down with them and discuss.
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia,
National president of the Pharmaceutical
Society of Australia (PSA) Dr Fei
Sim, met me in Canberra last week to
raise concerns around recent changes to
the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
(PBS) to allow 60-day dispensing of
The PSA is the only national peak
body representing all of Australia’s
35,000 pharmacists, working across all
sectors and locations, including in our
towns and hospitals.
Some of their concerns regarding this
change include: the viability of many
pharmacies; medicine shortages; wastage
of medications: and medicine misadventure.
We discussed risks posed to our elderly, who may be more likely to experience confusion around daily dosages when they have access to twice as much medication. I continue to have concerns around the potentially-negative impacts of this change in the electorate of Parkes.