Coul­ton wins, praises op­po­nents

Dubbo Photo News - - News - BY NATALIE HOLMES

IN what can be de­scribed as a gentle­man’s elec­tion, Na­tion­als can­di­date Mark Coul­ton has claimed vic­tory in the seat of Parkes af­ter the na­tion went to the polls on Satur­day.

Mr Coul­ton achieved 66.39 per cent of the vote in the 2019 Fed­eral Elec­tion, over La­bor’s Jack Ay­oub on 33.61 per cent un­der the Two Can­di­date Pre­ferred sys­tem.

The first pref­er­ence count was: Mark Coul­ton (50.53 per cent), Jack Ay­oub (24.23 per cent), Daniel Jones (Lib­eral Democrats 7.92 per cent), Will Lan­ders (In­de­pen­dent 7.03 per cent), Petrus Van Der Steen (United Aus­tralia Party 6.31 per cent) and David Paull (Greens 3.97 per cent).

Pleased with the re­sult which re­turns him to par­lia­ment in his 11th year rep­re­sent­ing the Parkes elec­torate, Mr Coul­ton was also happy about the out­come at a na­tional level.

“It is an hon­our to have been re-elected as the Fed­eral Mem­ber for Parkes fol­low­ing the elec­tion,” he said.

“The peo­ple of the Parkes elec­torate have backed me for a fifth time as their lo­cal mem­ber, and I couldn’t be more proud. Like­wise, I am thrilled that we have achieved an ex­cel­lent out­come na­tion­ally, with the Coali­tion form­ing Gov­ern­ment again.”

Mr Coul­ton thanked his sup­port­ers, vot­ers and op­po­nents for an elec­tion that was con­ducted with dig­nity and re­spect.

“Thank you to all of my hard-work­ing sup­port­ers who have made it their busi­ness to back me... to vot­ers – thank you for elect­ing me for the fifth time as your voice in the Aus­tralian Par­lia­ment... to my op­po­nents, thank you for a strong con­test of ideas and for a re­spect­ful and re­ward­ing cam­paign.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Coul­ton, the fu­ture of the Parkes elec­torate is brighter than ever.

“It is strong and se­cure, and will pay div­i­dends to those who are will­ing to have a go. Rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties that re­side in half of NSW is by no means a small feat, and it is a role I have taken with ut­most hu­mil­ity.”

In­vest­ment in wild dog management, soil im­prove­ment, high­way rest stops and small busi­ness sup­port were all ini­tia­tives an­nounced by Mr Coul­ton in the lead-up to the elec­tion, along with the more press­ing is­sues of trans­port net­works and drought sup­port.

Mark Coul­ton was re­turned as Mem­ber for Parkes, main­tain­ing once of the strong­est mar­gins in Aus­tralia. He’s pic­tured with sup­port­ers in Dubbo on Satur­day af­ter vot­ing in Moree ear­lier in the day. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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