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Nationals In Government Protect The Right To Farm

The NSW Nationals have taken a strong stand for farmers, announcing a powerful new Independent Agriculture Commissioner to protect the Right To Farm. An increase in the number of anti-farming activists, combined with increasing urbanisation of traditionally rural areas, has put more and more pressure on farmers across the State. The NSW Nationals take the…

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Call To Ban Cotton Exports A ‘Senseless Stunt’

The Centre Alliance call to ban cotton exports is nothing more than “a senseless stunt”, according to Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton. “It just attacks hard-working farming communities right across my electorate,” Mr Coulton said. “Targeting those who need the support of our community and Government leaders the most right now is dangerous and…

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Nats Say ‘No Way’ To SA

A South Australian report wants drought-stricken New South Wales communities to give up even more of their water. The Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission report has recommended more buybacks to send even more water downstream – away from our towns and our farms. This comes as people in our communities are struggling through a devastating drought,…

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Nats In Government Erase School Maintenance Backlog

For the first time in the State’s history the school maintenance backlog will be wiped to zero, ensuring students across NSW enjoy the best possible learning environments. Tuesday’s announcement means every maintenance job currently outstanding at the State’s 2200 public schools will be cleared. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Government inherited a $1…

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Safety At Risk From Activist Website

The news reports about the website that lists the personal details of family farms are deeply concerning. This is a safety issue. These aren’t just farms, these are people’s homes. Their families, their children, live at these places. To go out there and publish this kind of material is not just reckless, it’s dangerous. We’ve…

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OPINION: Get The Little Things Right

by Michael McCormack – Member for Riverina, Leader of the Nationals, Deputy Prime Minister When you get the little things right, the big things look after themselves. Many of us are too busy focusing on the ins and outs of everyday life to really stop and think about the big things like raising a family,…

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Country Doctors To Be Trained In The Bush

A $17 million investment from the Nationals in Government will transform the way country-raised medical students are trained and retained in the Riverina. A new Rural Medical School Program will be developed in Wagga Wagga with the University of New South Wales, as part of a $74 million Australian Government investment in the Murray-Darling Medical…

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Speech: Defending our farmers

  Speech made to the Legislative Council by the NSW Nationals’ Bronnie Taylor: In recent weeks I have repeatedly had reason to reflect on agriculture in this State and the importance of regional New South Wales having strong representation in this place. We have heard the Honourable Mark Pearson on a number of occasions question…

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Nationals Advocate For Better Services

A new review into rural and regional telecommunications has been welcomed by Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton. Mr Coulton said the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review: Getting it right out there document put forward 10 recommendations to improve access to telecommunications infrastructure, modernise consumer protections and ensure better digital inclusion, shining a light on digital agriculture…

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Nationals MP Wants Level Playing Field For Dairy

About 30 local dairy farmers and industry representatives met with officials in Wauchope this week to have their say on a dairy industry code of conduct. Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie participated in the discussions about how the new mandatory code should look in order to improve help improve contracts between farmers and…

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Nationals Thank Farmers On Ag Day

NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has sung the praises of farmers in the Cootamundra electorate on National Agriculture Day for their contributions to the NSW primary industries sector. Cootamundra electorate farmers contributed to the state’s primary industries sector estimated output of $17.5 billion in 2017-18, despite the ongoing drought. Ms Cooke said the…

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Nationals MP Calls For Supermarket, Petrol Inquiry

A federal Nationals MP is sick of high petrol prices and stories of farmer exploitation, calling for a Royal Commission. Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan wants the Royal Commission to cover the alleged misuse of market power by Australia’s supermarkets, and petrol retailing in Australia. “I will be moving a Notice of Motion in…

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