The Hon Mark Coulton MP biography

Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Parkes, New South Wales, 2007. Re-elected 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Parliamentary positions

  • from 30.8.2016 to 5.3.2018 (Deputy Speaker from 30.8.2016 to 5.3.18.).

Ministerial appointments

  • Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment from 5.3.2018 to 29.5.2019.
  • Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government from 29.5.2019.
  • Assistant Trade and Investment Minister from 29.5.2019.

Committee service

  • Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 25.10.2010 to 9.5.2016.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 22.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; National Capital and External Territories from 14.9.2016.
  • Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Local Government from 26.11.2012 to 13.3.2013.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Health and Ageing from 11.3.2008 to 3.2.2010; Publications from 11.3.2008 to 19.7.2010; Selection from 30.9.2010 to 9.2.2012; Health and Ageing from 25.10.2010 to 5.8.2013; Selection from 13.3.2012 to 9.5.2016; Appropriations and Administration from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Publications from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016 (Chair from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016); Indigenous Affairs from 25.9.2014 to 9.5.2016.

Parliamentary party positions

  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Ageing and the Voluntary Sector from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Conservation from 20.1.2009 to 8.12.2009.
  • Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Emerging Trade Markets from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.
  • Nationals Whip in the House of Representatives from 14.9.2010.


  • Born 3.2.1958, Sydney, Australia
  • Married

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • Farmer and grazier

Local government service

  • Mayor, Gwydir Shire Council from 2004 to 2007.


  • Location: north-west of New South Wales; it includes the towns of Bingara, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Condobolin, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Gulgong, Lake Cargelligo, Lightning Ridge, Moree, Mudgee, Mungindi, Narrabri, Narromine, Nyngan, Walgett, Warialda, Warren and Wellington.
  • Area: 393,413 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 107,363 (at 2.7.2016)
  • Industries: Wool, beef, pork, wheat, cotton, oil seed crops, lucerne, fruit, vegetables, dairy cattle, horse, sheep and cattle studs, comprehensive agricultural support services, coal and opal mining, timber, wine growing, light engineering and construction industries.
  • Electorate: Parkes includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Dubbo, and parts of Barwon, Bathurst, Northern Tablelands, Tamworth and Upper Hunter.