Coulton re-elected for a fifth term

Mark Coulton (pictured centre) with his supporters on Saturday celebrating his
re-election to the Federal seat of Parkes. ▪ Photo contributed

Mark Coulton was overwhelming returned as the Member for Parkes following Saturday’s Federal Election.

With almost 80 per cent of counting
completed at the time of going to press yesterday, Mr Coulton had received 50.53 per cent of the votes counted in the Parkes electorate.

Labor candidate Jack Ayoub received 24.23 per cent followed by Liberal Democrats’ Daniel Jones (7.92), Independent Will Landers (7.03), United Australia Party’s Petrus Van Der Steen (6.31) and Independent David Paull (3.97).

Mr Coulton said it was an honour to have been re-elected as the Federal Member for Parkes.

“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 said.

He said under a Coalition Government, the future of the Parkes electorate, and the nation, is brighter than ever.

“It is strong and secure, and will pay
dividends to those who are willing to have a go.

He said on Monday with counting still continuing, it was unclear as to whether this will be a minority or majority Government.

“Representing the people and communities that reside in half of New South Wales is by no means a small feat, and it is a role I have taken with utmost humility for the past 11 or so years.

“Every one of my constituents deserves to be heard and it’s a great privilege to listen and represent the issues that matter most to you, in the Australian Parliament,” Mr Coulton said.

“I am as excited and optimistic as ever about what lies ahead for us all, and I look forward to continuing to work tirelessly as your local member into the future.”