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2016 Conference motion outcomes

At Conference this year, all motions were debated with the energy and respect that is seen every year at Conference. With 53 motions on the Agenda, five were lost and two withdrawn, leaving a total 46 carried motions. Motions on mental health, homelessness, innovation investment and regional development were all debated and passed with vigour. A motion calling for one of the two FEC delegates to Central Council to be female was also passed after lengthy and passionate debate. A call for a moratorium of foreign state entity ownership of agricultural land was called on until a review has been conducted, while ebranches were also established in the Constitution. It was also great to see the amount of Young Nationals standing up to contribute to debates. All up, it was another successful Conference, and we look forward to the juicy motions at Broken Hill next year!

2016 Annual General Conference – Tweed Heads

Motion Outcomes

 

Social Issues

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals support a physical activity tax deduction to encourage family or child participation in sports run by registered organisations, or if the family is on Family Tax Benefit A or B then eligibility for a participation payment be applicable.

Tweed Heads Branch

LOST

 

  1. That this Conference call for the NSW Government to increase funding for after-care independent living support to NGOs currently providing residential out of home care for young people.

Young Nationals

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call on the NSW and Federal Governments to increase the response to homelessness, including assistance with employment and temporary lodgings.

Young Nationals

CARRIED

 

Health

 

  1. That this Conference call on the State Government to ensure that the next round of capital funding for hospitals focusses on district level hospitals.

Young Nationals

CARRIED

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals support the provision of new drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in regional and rural NSW.

Dubbo State Electorate Council

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call on the State and Federal Governments to investigate the opportunities to increase the role of pharmacists in providing primary health care, particularly in regional and rural areas.

Young Nationals

CARRIED

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals oppose any deregulation of the pharmaceutical industry that allows for the expanded sale of medicinal drugs.

 

That The Nationals support the status quo regulation in the pharmacy industry

Northern Tablelands State Electorate Council

AMENDED, CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference supports the establishment of a national GP procedural training programme in anaesthetics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and surgery to replace the current ageing workforce.

Macleay Valley Branch

CARRIED

 

 

  1. That this Conference call on the Department of Veteran's Affairs to:

a)    conduct a review into post discharge mental health services and access for former members of the Australian Defence Force;

b)    make these findings be publicly listed; and

c)    ensure service provision be targeted to reduce the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Young Nationals

CARRIED

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals support better, more equitable access to palliative care in the home setting for all who need it in rural and regional Australia.

Tamworth Branch

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for the roll-out of telehealth services in rural and regional areas to be boosted, including mental telehealth services.

Tamworth Branch

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call on the NSW Government to improve mental health services by:

a)    reviewing the care provided for outgoing hospital patients admitted after attempting suicide;

b)    incorporating general cognitive behaviour therapy and mental health risk assessment in GP training;

c)    providing regular suicide prevention training for first responders; and

d)    establishing school and tertiary-based peer support and gatekeeper training for those likely to deal with high risk individuals.

Young Nationals

AMENDED, CARRIED

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals support a review of IPTAAS, to reduce the current minimum distance criteria.

Women’s Council

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for an investigation into the deregulation of the private health insurance industry to encourage the introduction of Health Savings Accounts.

Health Committee

CARRIED

 

Education

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals support:

a)    additional funding for school based traineeships and VET courses for years 10-12; and

b)    the simplification of the process to undertake 2-3 VET courses as units of the HSC.

Coffs Harbour Branch

CARRIED

 

 

 

 

 

  1. That this Conference calls for:

a)    the reintroduction of TAFE courses, facilities and qualified staff in regional and remote centres; and

b)    the provision of financial assistance to students in regional areas to travel to their nearest TAFE centre.

Coolah-Cassilis Branch

Forbes Branch

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for the NSW Government to introduce studies of Auslan as a language other than English in high schools and as a HSC unit of study.

Young Nationals

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call on the NSW Government to increase direct funding of regional Conservatoriums of Music with additional funds specifically designated to support the provision of professional workshops, courses and tuition of children from low-income families.

Young Nationals

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for a national student concession card.

Forbes Branch

CARRIED

 

Primary Industries

 

  1. That this Conference call on the NSW Government to abolish the statutory fee imposed on the sale of NSW-caught seafood.

Forster-Tuncurry Branch

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for a two year pilot program to provide knowledge and materials on innovative business models, including national marketing arrangements to help farmers to establish models and manage contract negotiations.

Wagga Wagga Electorate Council

CARRIED

 

  1. That apiarists be given greater access to National Parks, State Forests, Crown Land and Council Land, so as to boost honey production.

Mudgee Branch

CARRIED

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals:

a)    support a ban on purchases of Australian agricultural assets by foreign state-owned enterprises;

b)    support the application of foreign ownership laws to local entities owned by foreign enterprises; and

c)    call for an independent review - the results of which shall be publicly available - of the current extent of foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land.

 

 

 

That the NSW Nationals:

a)    call for a review of the register of foreign government owned agricultural assets;

b)    support the application of foreign ownership laws to local entities owned or controlled by foreign government enterprises; and

c)    call for a moratorium on the sale of agricultural assets until the outcome of the review is known land.

Wagga Wagga State Electorate Council

Henty Branch

Southern Highlands Branch

Calare State Electorate Council

AMDENDED, CARRIED

 

  1. That Conference call for new, innovative projects that kick start sustainable job creation schemes to be established, utilising forestry reserves and infrastructure within them, and drawing upon local recorded history.

Macleay Valley Branch

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for:

a)    local Councils to be fairly compensated for the loss in rateable land, where land is sold or resumed to become a National Park; and

b)    National Park fencing responsibilities to be consistent with the Dividing Fences Act 1991 (NSW).

Young Nationals

Forbes Branch

CARRIED

 

  1. That quad bike safety laws and regulations be amended so that:

a)    Victoria’s lead is followed and rollover protection is mandatory at point of retail sale;

b)    a safety standard for all quad bike models is applied; and

c)    a rebate be offered to retrofit quad bike crush protection.

Cowra Branch

AMENDED, CARRIED

 

  1. That the regulatory framework applying to the RSPCA be amended so that:

a)    fines generated by the RSPCA be paid into NSW revenue and not directly to the RSPCA; and

b)    RSPCA officers to be prohibited from entering private property without notifying the owner or lessee of the property.

Yass Branch

WITHDRAWEN

 

  1. That the Murray Valley National Park be converted to the Murray Valley State Forest so that forestry can be practised as it was until 2011.

Murray State Electorate Council

CARRIED

 

  1. That the Federal Parliamentary National Party take all necessary steps to terminate the Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 (Cth) and related legislation.

Primary Industries, Resources and Energy Committee

WITHDRAWEN

 

 

 

Economy and Taxation

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals support legislative reform to allow couples without self-managed funds to have the choice of joint superannuation accounts.

Dubbo State Electorate Council

AMENDED, CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for the NSW Trustee and Guardian to waive fees and charges on new accounts for children and young persons under the parental responsibility of the Family and Community Services Minister where the balance to be invested is $1,500 or less.

Dubbo State Electorate Council

CARRIED

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals support reform to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) so that gift cards and credit notes have the face value honoured while a business is under external administration.

Tweed Heads Branch

CARRIED

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals oppose the importation, by private individuals, of motor vehicles that are originally manufactured with right hand drive configuration, are not more than 12 months old, and have travelled less than 500km.

Northern Tablelands State Electorate Council

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for a broad-ranging inquiry into organisations that have charitable status that exempt them from paying tax.

Wagga Wagga State Electorate Council

CARRIED

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals support the introduction of a rebate on the GST component on solar household battery storage systems to store excess power generated from solar panels for initial and residential purchases.

Richmond Federal Electorate Council

LOST

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals support increasing the tax free threshold to $25,000 when financial circumstances permit.

Southern Highlands Branch

AMENDED, LOST

 

Regional Development

 

  1. That regional development be encouraged by:

a)    decentralising the location of servers on which government data is backed up; and

b)    the waiving of payroll tax on country businesses.

 

That to encourage growth in regional NSW, the State Government waive or reduce payroll tax for businesses based and operating in the country.

 

Young Nationals

Cowra Branch

AMENDED, CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for all appropriate offices of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology be relocated to regional cities within their respective states.

Young Nationals

AMENDED, CARRIED

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals recognise the importance of foreign workers to the agricultural sector, particularly those on 417 and 457 visas, and support The Nationals Parliamentary team in lobbying the Federal Government to reduce the backpacker tax rate to 19c on the dollar.

 

That the NSW Nationals recognises the importance of foreign workers to the agricultural sector, particularly those on 417 and 457 visas, and:

a)    support The Nationals Parliamentary team in lobbying the Federal Government to reduce the backpacker tax rate to 15 cents on the dollar; and

b)    review the visa application costs.

 

Calare Federal Electorate Council

Young Nationals

Coolah-Cassilis Branch

Farrer Federal Electorate Council

Cowra Branch

AMENDED, CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call on the Federal Communications Minister to discuss with the new ABC General Manager the reversal of regional radio cutbacks to programming and staff.

Calare Federal Electorate Council

Wagga Wagga State Electorate Council

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme to be proportionate to water recovery.

Farrer Federal Electorate Council

CARRIED

 

Constitution and Rules

 

  1. Electorate Councils - Election of Officers

 

Federal Electorate Council Central Council delegates

 

That Rule 5.2.1, as it relates to Federal Electorate Council delegates to Central Council, be amended and re-numbered so as to read:

 

5.2.1 … at every Annual Meeting the Electorate Council shall elect …

(a) a Chairman who shall be the Council's delegate to Central Council …

(h) for Federal Electorate Councils only, a delegate who shall be the Council's second delegate to Central Council

(i) for Federal Electorate Councils only, at least one of the officers elected as Chairman or the Council's second delegate to Central Council shall be a woman delegate.

Women’s Council

CARRIED

 

 

 

  1. Women’s Council

 

That rule 7.1.1 be amended by adding the following rule:

 

7.1.1 The Central Council shall comprise: …

(j) The Chairman of the Women's Council of the National Party of Australia - NSW, also known as The NSW Nationals Women's Council, abbreviated to NWC

Women’s Council

CARRIED

 

  1. eBranches

 

That Rule 4.1.2 be amended by inserting “an eBranch or” after “itself” and before “a Women’s …” and by adding the following words after “Special Purpose Branch:  “The conduct of an eBranch shall be subject to Guidelines determined by Central Council”, so that the Rule shall read:

 

4.1.2 

Subject to Central Council approval, a Branch may designate itself an eBranch or a Women’s or other Special Purpose Branch.  The conduct of an eBranch shall be subject to Guidelines determined by Central Council.

 

That Rule 1.5.1 be amended by inserting “including eBranches …” after “Branches” and before “and Electorate Councils” so that the Rule shall read:

 

1.5.1

All Inaugural Meetings and Annual Meetings of Branches, including eBranches, and Electorate Councils, as well as preselection meetings, shall be physical meetings which meet quorums as per Rules 4.5.5 and 5.1.2.

 

That Rule 1.5.2 be amended by inserting “eBranches” after “Branch” and before “and Electorate Councils…”, so that the Rule shall read:

 

1.5.2

Electronic conference meetings of Branches, eBranches and Electorate Councils may be convened at other times with quorums being the same as for physical meetings.

Constitution & Ethics Committee

CARRIED

 

  1. Limited Member – Change of name to Associate Member

 

That Rules 1.3.18, 2.1.2, 2.11.1 and 10.2.2 be amended to read as under:

 

1.3.18

ASSOCIATE MEMBER. A person who pays less than the annual membership subscription, other than a Pensioner or Self-funded Retiree Member, or Member of the Young National Party of Australia - NSW, aged between 18 and 30.

 

2.1.2

Associate Members are Members with rights limited to Branch activities, including the right to vote and hold Party office in a Branch, other than that of Branch Chairman or delegate. Associate Members may attend Electorate Council meetings and Party Conferences as observers.

 

2.11.1

A person, other than a Pensioner/Self-funded Retiree Member, or a Member of the Young National Party of Australia - NSW aged between 18 and 30, who pays less that the annual membership subscription shall be an Associate Member. The minimum subscription for a new Associate Member shall be determined by Central Council as per Rule 10.2.2.

 

10.2.2

The annual membership subscription and the annual Associate Member subscription shall be determined by Central Council at an Annual Meeting and shall remain in effect until altered at a subsequent Annual Meeting.

 

And that consequential amendments be made to the Constitution and Rules (changing the words "Limited Member" to "Associate Member").

Constitution & Ethics Committee

CARRIED

 

Government and Electoral Matters

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals support fixed four year terms for both houses House of Representatives of the Federal Parliament.

Dubbo State Electorate Council

AMENDED, CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for reform of NSW and Federal electoral laws to require that during redistributions, a maximum size in square kilometres be applicable.

 

That a NSW Nationals central policy committee look into reforming the NSW and Federal Electoral Acts to require that during redistributions, the Electoral Commission be required to calculate the voter km and expressly deliver a redistribution that gives the lowest possible total voter km across the state, within a margin of 250,000 voter km

 

Northern Tablelands State Electorate Council

Temora Branch

Forbes Branch

Yass Branch

Murray State Electorate Council

Narrabri Branch

Cowra Branch

AMENDED, CARRIED

 

Disaster and Emergency Management

 

  1. That the NSW Nationals call upon the State Government to roll out a universal fuel card for emergency service vehicles, which would be able to be used at all fuel stations across NSW.

Young Nationals

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for a review of bushfire management in fire prone areas, consulting all relevant stakeholders, so that proven, legally enforceable prevention strategies can be implemented.

Macleay Valley Branch

CARRIED

 

Law and Justice

 

  1. That motor vehicle driver's licence holders be sent a registered letter when being informed of a suspension of their licence.

Dubbo State Electorate Council

LOST

 

  1. That planning laws be amended so that:

a)    Environmental Zones only apply to privately owned land with the consent of the landowner;

b)    any re-zoning of rural land shall preserve current and historical uses and permit the intensification and variation of such uses without regulatory consent; and

c)    any restrictions on the uses of private land by the use of DCP's, overlays or similar instruments has no application without the consent of the landowner.

Richmond Federal Electorate Council

CARRIED

 

  1. That this Conference call for 457 Visa holders wishing to drive to be required to obtain an appropriate state motor vehicle licence within three months of arriving in Australia.

Dubbo State Electorate Council

AMENDED, LOST

 

  1. That this Conference call for white collar all criminals to be means tested to pay for their incarceration.

Wagga Wagga State Electorate Council

AMENDED, CARRIED

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