Basin communities sold down the river for a pittance

At a time when Australians are suffering from cost-of-living pressures, they are now being forced to fund a massive job-destroying policy which will decrease the nation’s productivity, drive up the cost of living, and see more imported food on our supermarket shelves whilst diverting billions of dollars of taxpayers’ funding from health, education, roads, and…

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Labor abandons regional communities – again

Federal Nationals Member for Riverina Michael McCormack says river communities have been “shafted” by the Labor Government over its decision to sidle up to the Greens to strip water for irrigation in the Murray-Darling Basin. Mr McCormack said this was yet another blow to Riverina and Central West residents already hurting from the high cost-of-living…

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Cowper health and aged care forums

Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan and Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Dr Anne Webster have undertaken a three-day tour of the Mid North Coast that included site visits and round-table forums with local Health and Aged Care providers and educators. Three forums were held – in Port Macquarie, Kempsey, and Coffs Harbour.…

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“To say I am devastated is an understatement”

Photo – Steph Cooke with Tresillian CEO Rob Mills  Nationals Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, is seeking an urgent meeting with the NSW Health Minister following a decision that the promised Tresillian residential unit at the new Cowra Hospital would not be proceeding. In September last year Ms Cooke announced there would be two beds…

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Oberon locals fear Labor’s wrecking wind towers

Nationals Leader David Littleproud and Senator Ross Cadell have met Oberon locals, concerned about plans for wind turbines in the areas as part of Labor’s reckless race to renewables. The Oberon Community Forum heard how prime agricultural and forestry land in the area could soon be ripped up for hundreds of wind turbines. Mr Littleproud…

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Gillespie says get cracking on infrastructure projects

Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has called on State Governments and Local Councils to get on and build projects where funds have been allocated. Dr Gillespie said he had several meetings with Federal Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King requesting that funds previously allocated to local projects by the former Nationals Government continue…

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Crippling the regions and driving up the cost of living

Nationals Leader and Shadow Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Labor’s plan to underwrite a five-fold increase in new government-backed renewables across Australia will have profoundly damaging consequences on regional Australia and continue to drive up the cost of living for everyone. Mr Littleproud said Energy Minister Chris Bowen’s panicked market intervention to achieve Labor’s target…

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Remembering Stephen Bromhead

Yesterday, in both Houses of the NSW Parliament, a condolence motion was moved for Stephen Bromhead – the former Member for Myall Lakes. Stephen entered the NSW Parliament at the 2011 election, having joined The Nationals in the mid-1980s from a background of nursing, policing, and the law. His involvement with our Party lasted some…

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Water Minister must come clean on Basin deal

Shadow Water Minister Steph Cooke has slammed the ongoing secrecy surrounding the rewritten Murray-Darling Basin Plan between the NSW Labor Government and the Commonwealth, labelling it as “politics at its worst”. Ms Cooke, the NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra, said buybacks are a blunt instrument that literally wipe communities off the map. “The Premier has…

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Agriculture under siege on Ag Day

Nationals Leader and Shadow Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has warned farmer confidence is at an all-time low on Ag Day, after the National Farmers’ Federation surveyed more than 1600 farmers and found the majority thought Labor was harming the industry. Mr Littleproud said Ag Day was important to acknowledge the incredible work being done by…

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Show Upper Hunter the money Premier!

Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell has challenged the Minns Labor Government to show his electorate the money, with the local community still not advised whether a $400,000 March election commitment has been honoured. Mr Layzell said Labor’s candidate publicly made promises in the days before the March 25 poll that two Upper Hunter electorate organisations…

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“A hero who gave everything to keep us safe” – a statement from Tanya Thompson MP on the passing of volunteer firefighter Leo Fransen

Captain Leonardus Fransen, a life member of the Diamond Beach Rural Fire Brigade, tragically lost his life yesterday while fighting the Hudson bushfire in north-western New South Wales. With great sadness, I extend my condolences to Leo’s family; his wife Margaret and children Julia and Paul, as well as his friends, and his entire RFS…

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