Pat Conaghan

One-off payment for drought-affected farmers

Producers, farm workers and farm contractors and suppliers can now apply for a one-off $3000 payment through the Nationals in Government’s Drought Communities Support Initiative. Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said the Commonwealth had topped up funding for the program by $82.75 million last month and now the charity dispensing the payments had been…


Foreign investment crackdown to protect the regions

Foreign investment review laws will be changed to ensure the interests of regional, rural and remote businesses are protected through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All proposed foreign investments into Australia subject to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (the Act) will require approval, providing a significant protection for agricultural land. By bringing the threshold…


Let common courtesy be infectious

NSW Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro says it’s important to stick together during tough times such as these, in this opinion piece below: This week a number of restrictions were announced. These restrictions are designed to prevent numbers of people gathering together. As we have seen throughout the world, leaders and countries are…


Nats in Government supporting rural communities

Federal Parliament has passed important coronavirus economic support measures that will cushion the blow of the coronavirus for Australians, including those living in rural and regional areas. Nationals Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton welcomed the news that Bills had passed Parliament on Monday night across two economic support packages…

Australian War Memorial

Changing but not forgetting says Nats MP

Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton says the way we commemorate ANZAC Day this year will unfortunately need to change, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, governments and officials are working to find ways for Australians to continue to observe this solemn day. “Attending an ANZAC Day service in my electorate every year…


Strong industry & Government ties through COVID-19

Federal Agriculture Minister and Deputy Nationals Leader David Littleproud has announced a new measure to maintain agricultural production and supply chains through the COVID-19 response. “I’m pleased to announce Mark Tucker will be our Senior Agriculture Industry Engagement Officer,” Mr Littleproud said. “Mr Tucker will be the key liaison between my department and agriculture, fisheries…