There’s a long held misconception about the Murray and Darling Rivers; that they simply flow from their respective starting points in the Great Dividing Range to where they converge in South West NSW. And it’s this misconception that our Leader and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce has been combating recently while explaining the proposed amendment to the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) to reduce the water recovery target.Read more
All too often the big ticket funding requests of a major city overpower a small town’s modest need for a new sporting field or sheep pavilion at the local agricultural show.
The Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), announced by our Deputy Leader and Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash, will deliver infrastructure projects and community activities solely to communities located outside the major capital cities.Read more
As we plan to spend almost $50 billion in the lead up to Christmas, Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack is challenging the nation to give the greatest gift of all to Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses – to think local and shop small.
And by doing so, the holiday period will certainly be a merry one for our regions.Read more
As the year draws to a close, one state is the clear front-runner for the nation’s Most Valued Player award.
The state’s economy is Australia’s strongest; it’s in the midst of its longest construction boom in history, and after 17 consecutive months, it continues to have the lowest unemployment rate. The overachiever? NSW of course.Read more
Convicts began construction on the Oxley Highway way back in 1838. Since its completion, the funding for the road’s upkeep has been slow and steady with the traffic corridor now well-worn and in desperate need of an upgrade.
But thanks to sturdy leadership from our Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads Kevin Anderson, major work to the age-old highway will soon begin at record pace.Read more
We promised our farming community that we would deliver an outcome on the backpacker tax - for as long, and as it hard as it took. It’s taken a long time and been very hard, but we have arrived there.
Last week, we had the National Party working for the farmers of Drake making sure we can get blueberries off the field, we had the Liberal Party making sure we can get bananas off the plant at Coffs, we had the Nick Xenophon Party working to get apples off the trees in Orange, and the Greens making sure cherries are picked at Young.Read more
Even more fruits of our Aussie farmer’s hard labour can be enjoyed overseas, thanks to new export laws passed recently. Our very own Luke Hartsuyker, Assistant Minister to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, was recently in China to witness the arrival of the first box of Australian nectarines. The new fruit joins Australian oranges, table grapes and cherries on an ever-growing list of produce.Read more
Speculation of a sugar tax has left a sour taste in the mouths of our Leader Barnaby Joyce and Assistant Minister for Rural Health David Gillespie, who have refused to support the idea.
Our Nats have no appetite for the Grattan Institute’s latest report, which recommends a sugar tax to reduce the nation’s obesity rates and to combat health issues associated with sugar consumption.Read more
One in four Australian women have experienced violence at home – an unbelievable statistic but unfortunately one that’s true.
Last Friday was White Ribbon Day, and members of our State and Federal team came together to raise their voice, calling for all men in our communities to stand up and speak out towards violence against women.Read more
When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sought out the first double dissolution since 1987, it was so the Government could deliver on the commitments they had made, like finally making Unions more transparent and accountable.
At 2:13am last Tuesday morning, Nationals, Liberals and cross-benchers united to achieve this, passing the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill 2014, so registered organisations can be kept honest.Read more