NSW NATIONALS CONFERENCE MOTIONS

 

The NSW Nationals is the most democratic grassroots political party in Australia. Each year, party members from across the State gather to discuss and debate policy motions that are put forward by the members themselves. These motions, if carried, go on to influence party policy at a State and Federal level. This model ensures the voice of rural and regional NSW is heard in Parliament.

Below are the motions passed at each of our conferences since 2015.

2018 — Cowra

NOTE

Find our Cowra Conference motions here.

 

2017 — Broken Hill

 

Disaster and Emergency Management

Bushfire hazard reduction

That Conference call for enforceable annual (and, where necessary, seasonal) actions to reduce bushfire hazards in each district in a coordinated effort.
Moved by Macleay Valley Branch
Amended, Carried

Eligibility for Flood Repair Grants

That Conference call on the state and federal governments to extend flood repair grants to all LGAs and farming families on a case-by-case basis, regardless of which local government area they reside in.
Southern Regional Conference (Cootamundra SEC)
Amended, Carried

Natural disaster relief funding arrangements for local governments

That NSW local governments be empowered to use their own day labour during normal working hours when completing 2016 Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) restoration works (as was the case with Queensland local governments) and that the Roads and Maritime Services 2012 Natural Disaster Guidelines be updated.
Gilgandra Branch
Carried

Economy and Taxation

Onshore fuel refinement

That Conference call on the Federal Government to reinstate the refinement of fuels on-shore in Australia.
Dubbo EC
Carried

Payroll incentives to employ new staff

That the NSW Nationals promote accelerated regional jobs growth by developing a pilot program giving employers a choice of paying payroll tax or diverting those taxes to directly paying the wages and costs of new staff.
Northern Regional Conference (Macleay Valley Branch)
Carried

Support for a Royal Commission into banking

That Conference supports the move to have a royal commission into white collar crime that encompasses:
a) The banking system in Australia
b) The tie between industry super funds and the union movement
c) Ponzi schemes
d) Phoenixing
Women’s Council
Amended, Carried

Education

Careers advice

That Conference call on the NSW Government to introduce an independent model of school based careers advice and further promote school based traineeships and vocational training.
Young Nationals
Carried

Provision of mobile internet for students

That Conference calls on the State and Federal Governments to jointly provision mobile internet access for disadvantaged regional and rural students, where it is determined that there is no or limited fixed internet access available for their residence.
Golburn EC
Amended, Carried

Students to register for Tax File Number

That Conference call on the NSW Government to implement a policy that requires all students in Year Nine to register for a Tax File Number.
Young Nationals
Carried

Support for needs-based school funding in regional areas

That Conference congratulates the Federal Government on committing to a needs-based school funding model; which will allow principals to have funding certainty, and will ensure a level playing field for current and future rural and regional students.
Metropolitan Branch, Women’s Council
Amended, Carried

Workload of secondary school principals

That Conference call for an urgent review of the workload intensification faced by all teachers, including principals, with a view to increasing the time they have to focus on teaching and learning.
Women’s Council, Education Policy Committee
Amended, Carried

Government and Electoral Matters

Early voting period

That pre-poll voting be limited to the prior Saturday, and five working days prior to local, state and federal elections.
Armidale Branch
Amended, Carried

Frequency of redistributions

That NSW and Commonwealth electoral laws be amended so as to reduce the frequency of redistributions.
Narrabri Branch
Carried

Length of Commonwealth parliamentary terms

That Conference support the adoption of four-year terms for the House of Representatives, and eight years for the Senate.
Armidale Branch
Amended, Carried

State political donation laws

That NSW election funding and disclosures laws be simplified.
Northern Regional Conference (Kingscliff Branch)
Carried

Truth in advertising

That ‘truth in political advertising’ laws be implemented for federal and state elections.
Northern Regional Conference (Kingscliff Branch)
Carried

Health

Compulsory nutrition plans for mental health plans

That Conference call for the inclusion of nutrition plans within all mental health plans.
Henty Branch
Amended, Carried

Drug education program

That the NSW Government launch a new drug awareness campaign, and a prevention and early intervention model similar to that used successfully in Sweden.
Northern Regional Conference (Kingscliff Branch)
Carried

Headspace Centres

That Conference urge the Federal Government to mandate that Primary Health Networks actively involve young people in the decision making process regarding tendering and delivery of new and existing Headspace services.
Young Nationals
Carried

Maternity services in rural and regional hospitals

That Conference call for women’s health services to be increased in rural and regional areas.
Young Nationals
Carried

Residential mental health and drug services in regional NSW

That the NSW Nationals support increased support services for people with drug dependency and mental health issues in rural and regional NSW, as separate entities.
Women’s Council
Amended, Carried

Review into mental healthcare for older Australians

That the Federal Minister for Aged Care and Health review the management of mental health programs and support services for older Australians, with a particular emphasis on those people in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) and those being supported in the community through community-based Aged Care Programs.
Corowa Branch
Carried

Rural and regional training for nurses and allied health

Where no rural clinical schools or University Departments of Rural Health are available, that, as a means of attracting and retaining key health professionals in rural and regional areas, professional supervision and development be provided and enhanced by mobile units visiting country locations and offering training and education in emergency medicine (including procedures using simulation), nursing, palliative care, mental health and drug and alcohol services.
Metropolitan Branch, Henty Branch, Young Nationals
Amended, Carried

Shortage of aged care and disability service workers

That the NSW Nationals call on State and Federal Governments to initiate strategies to address the shortage of trained and qualified staff (and the levels of remuneration that are provided) in the aged care and disabilities services sector.
Gilgandra Branch
Carried

Unvaccinated children

That the NSW Nationals strongly supports the Federal Government’s push for the introduction of a national law banning the attendance of unvaccinated children at childcare centres and preschools.
Port Macquarie EC
Carried

Law and Justice

Admissibility of evidence in domestic violence cases

That Conference support an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (NSW) to allow, on application, the admissibility of vulnerable witnesses pre-recorded video in the absence of a jury at a special hearing.
Broken Hill Branch
Amended, Carried

Minimum penalties for repeat offenders

That Conference calls for repeat or recidivist offenders convicted of indictable offences to face minimum penalties where the offender is convicted of serious indictable offences (punishable by more than 7 years) on three or more occasions.
Broken Hill Branch
Amended, Carried

Psychiatric assessment for violent offenders before bail

That the NSW Nationals call for a psychiatric assessment of an offender prior to a bail determinations they have a history of violence, or violent crime.
Southern Highlands Branch
Carried

Party Affairs

Community pre-selections

That Conference urges all Electorate Councils to use the community preselection process, particularly where a sitting member is retiring.
Tamworth Branch
Carried

Nomenclature of Coalition

That NSW Nationals parliamentarians at State and Federal level replace ‘Coalition’ with ‘Liberal & Nationals’ or ‘Nationals & Liberals’ when in government and opposition, to differentiate the Nationals as a standalone Party.
Corowa Branch
Carried

Constitution and Rules

Ability of Central Council to suspend a member

That Rule 7.4.2 be amended by inserting the words “or suspended” or “or suspend” after the word “cancelled” or “cancelled”. So that it reads:
“7.4.2 Where Central Council receives a complaint that a Member’s or Associate Member’s general behaviour, public utterances, or writings, have been such as to bring or attempt to bring discredit or undue embarrassment to the Party, its Parliamentary Members or its officers, Central Council, at its discretion, may call upon that Member or Associate Member to show cause why membership should not be cancelled or suspended. After due consideration, during which the person may be heard in defence, Central Council may cancel or suspend forthwith the membership, or dismiss the complaint or deal with the Member or Associate Member in any other way.”
Constitution and Ethics Committee
Carried

Primary Industries and Environment

Building of dams

That Conference calls on the Federal Government to commence building major water storage dams as soon as possible.
Dubbo EC
Carried

Murray Darling Basin Plan offsets

That Conference calls on the Federal Government to undertake an evaluation of the long-term environmental merits of retaining (or modifying) the barrages which prevent clean tides refreshing Lakes Alexandrina and Albert.
Deniliquin Branch, Murray SEC, Farrer EC, Southern Regional Conference
Amended, Carried

Excess environmental water

That Conference calls upon the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to release excess environmental water for sale to productive industry.
Tamworth Branch
Carried

Increase in kangaroo cull quotas

That Conference calls on the Federal Government to increase the cull quota of kangaroos, and to take every step possible to re-establish the kangaroo export meat trade.
Dubbo EC
Amended, Carried

Koala conservation

That Conference call on the NSW Government to expedite the development of a whole-of-government Koala Strategy, which would involve the creation of a series of Koala sanctuaries in key areas to facilitate their breeding, health and re-population; and help protect them from their greatest threats – motor vehicles, dogs and wildfire. These sanctuaries would have a tourism component to aid their financial sustainability.
Northern Regional Conference (Macleay Valley Branch)
Carried

Murray Valley National Park

That Conference call for the “Murray Valley National Park” to be converted to the “Murray Valley State Forest” so that sustainable and viable forestry can be practiced as it was until 2010.
Southern Regional Conference (Urgency Motion)
Carried

Recognition of Snowy Mountains Brumby

That Conference acknowledge the cultural significance of the Snowy Mountains Brumby and call for the NSW Government to do the same, by way of introducing specific legislation.
Southern Regional Conference (Monaro SEC)
Amended, Carried

Reforms to hardwood forestry regulation

That Conference:
a) Call on the State Government to move control of forestry (including private forestry) from the Environment Protection Agency to the Department of Primary Industries;
b) support the implementation of the Natural Resources Commission review of the native hardwood forest industry; and
c) does not support further land being designated a Threatened Ecological Community, until the National Parks and Wildlife Service demonstrate that its National Park Estate is being actively managed, and is making a positive and lasting contribution to threatened species survival.
Northern Regional Conference (Macleay Valley Branch), Macleay Valley Branch
Carried

Research levy on plastics industry to promote disintegration

That Conference calls for a research and development levy on the plastics industry, with the aim of developing materials that disintegrate to the benefit of the environment.
Wagga Wagga Branch
Carried

Seeds for medicinal cannabis trial

That Conference support the use of seeds grown and developed in Australia for medicinal cannabis trials in Australia.
Northern Regional Conference (Macleay Valley Branch)
Carried

Support for Forestry Industry Roadmap

That Conference:
a) Fully supports the action being taken by the NSW Government’s Forestry Industry Roadmap in establishing an Independent Timber Industry and stresses the importance of meeting the Roadmap’s timelines; and
b) Reiterates its support for the North Coast hardwood timber industry and the regional towns that rely upon the local timber mills.
Bulahdelah Branch, Manning Valley Branch
Carried

Regional Development

Telecommunications Expert Panel

That Conference call for the establishment of a NSW Telecommunications Expert Panel which is:
a) Specifically focussed on NSW regional/rural and remote areas;
b) Is independent of the NSW Telecommunications Authority; and
c) Would oversee, endorse and recommend timely, effective and efficient practical alternative telecommunication initiatives for these areas.
Southern Regional Conference (Monaro SEC)
Carried

Roads and Transport

Passenger trains for North-West NSW

That Conference call on the NSW Government to expedite the delivery of the replacement passenger trains for North West NSW.
Young Nationals
Carried

Regulation of Mobility Scooters

That Conference calls on the Federal Government to introduce uniform Australian Design Rules and Standards for mobility scooters, also known as motorised wheelchairs, limiting the weight of these scooters to less than 150kg and restricting them to a maximum speed of 6km/h.
And furthermore, calls on the NSW Government to:
a) Introduce a permit for periods of three years for mobility scooters;
b) Introduce a fee of no more than $50 to be payable at the time of issue each three years, and such fee to be payment for a third- party Green Slip for mobility scooters;
c) Require a person registering a mobility scooter to furnish a doctor’s certificate confirming the applicant has sound mental health and is not affected by any other condition which would impede their ability to safely use the mobility scooter. This certificate should be produced at the time of permit issue.
Inverell Branch
Carried

Simplifying regulations on the movement of farm machinery

That Conference calls for:
a) simplified, standardised and cost effective regulation and licensing for the movement of agricultural machinery on (or across) local, regional and national roads; and
b) That the NSW Government change the regulation regarding overhang on augers and conveyors so they are able to be moved on roads without pilots and police escorts.
Parkes Branch, Cowra Branch
Amended, Carried

Social Issues

Businesses’ provision of childcare not to trigger Fringe Benefits Tax

That Conference call on the Federal Parliamentary Party to introduce a policy enabling businesses to set up their own (non-subsidised) child care centres for their employees and exempt the provision of this care from the Fringe Benefit Tax.
Richmond EC
Carried

Urgency Motion

That this Conference call on the state and federal governments to jointly fund neurological nurses in collaboration with state health bodies to allow the provision of comprehensive care coordination for patients with neurological diseases in rural and regional NSW.
Bathurst Branch, Inverell Branch
Carried

Social Issues (continued)

Laundry facilities and clothing for the homeless

That Conference call on the NSW Government to provide ablution and laundry facilities as well as undergarments for the homeless in regional NSW in locations as recommended by the government agencies and non-government agencies that work with the homeless.
Northern Regional Conference (Clarence SEC)
Carried

Principal residence not an asset for Age Pension eligibility

That Conference reiterate its stance that the principal residence should not be counted as an asset when determining eligibility for the Age Pension.
Tweed EC
Carried

Review of ABC Charter

That Conference call on the Federal Parliamentary Party to push for a review of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Charter to reflect new media platforms and the need for factual reporting.
Narrabri Branch
Carried

2016 — Tweed Heads

 

Social Issues

 

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

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

 

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

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

That The Nationals support the status quo regulation in the pharmacy industry.
Northern Tablelands EC
Amended, Carried

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

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

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

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

That the NSW Nationals support a review of IPTAAS, to reduce the current minimum distance criteria.
Women’s Council
Carried

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

 

That the NSW Nationals support:a. additional funding for school based traineeships and VET courses for years 10-12; andb. the simplification of the process to undertake 2-3 VET courses as units of the HSC.
Coffs Harbour Branch
Carried

That this Conference calls for:a. the reintroduction of TAFE courses, facilities and qualified staff in regional and remote centres; andb. the provision of financial assistance to students in regional areas to travel to their nearest TAFE centre.
Coolah-Cassilis Branch, Forbes Branch
Carried

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

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

That this Conference call for a national student concession card.
Forbes Branch
Carried

Primary Industries

 

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

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 EC
Carried

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

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.

Wagga Wagga EC, Henty Branch, Southern Highlands Branch
Amended, Carried

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

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; andNational Park fencing responsibilities to be consistent with the Dividing Fences Act 1991 (NSW).
Young Nationals, Forbes Branch
Carried

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

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 SEC
Carried

 

Economy and Taxation

 

That the NSW Nationals support legislative reform to allow couples without self-managed funds to have the choice of joint superannuation accounts.
Dubbo EC
Amended, Carried

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 EC
Carried

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.
Wagga Wagga Branch
Carried

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 EC
Carried

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

 

Regional Development

 

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

That this Conference call for appropriate offices of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology be relocated to regional cities within their respective states.
Young Nationals
Amended, Carried

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 EC, Young Nationals, Coolah-Cassilis Branch, Farrer EC, Cowra Branch
Amended, Carried

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 EC
Carried

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

 

Constitution and Rules

 

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) 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

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 NationalParty of Australia – NSW, also known as The NSW Nationals Women’s Council, abbreviated to NWC
Women’s Council
Carried

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 and Ethics Committee
Carried

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 and Ethics Committee
Carried

 

Government and Electoral Matters

 

That the NSW Nationals support fixed four year terms for the House of Representatives of the Federal Parliament.
Dubbo EC
Amended, Carried

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 EC, Temora Branch, Forbes Branch, Yass Branch Murray SEC, Narrabri Branch, Cowra Branch
Amended, Carried

 

Disaster and Energency Management

 

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

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

 

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 EC
Carried

That this Conference call for all criminals to be means tested to pay for their incarceration.
Wagga Wagga EC
Amended, Carried

 

2015 — Lower Hunter

 

Transport & Infrastructure

 

That The Nationals commit to the upgrading of passenger rail services in the north and north west of the State.
Narrabri Branch
Carried

That, in the next tranche of the NSW Government’s programs to improve regional roads, the NSW Nationals give high priority to upgrading the Oxley Highway from Wauchope to Walcha to b-double standard.
Wauchope Branch
Carried

That the NSW and Federal National Party begin to budget and plan for additional livestock, wildlife and human crossings along the federal and state transport corridors (Rail and Highways).
Primary Industries, Resources & Energy Committee
Carried

 

Social Issues

 

That the NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages regulations surrounding the adoption of children by non-biological parents be streamlined.
Young Nationals
Carried

That governessing and childcare for remote families be added to the eligibility criteria used by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection when approving second year working visas.
Education Committee
Carried

That the NSW Nationals call upon the NSW Government to evaluate the effectiveness of ADVOs in the prevention of domestic violence.
Women’s Council
Carried

 

Health

 

That the NSW Government urgently reconsider the decision to place the management of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program with a Local Health District and the proposal to reallocate the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health to the Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Health Education and Training Institute, both of which are Sydney-based.
Women’s Council
Carried

That the NSW Nationals call upon the Federal Government to add the Meningococcal B vaccine to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme so that the vaccine can be included in the NSW childhood immunisation schedule.
Young Nationals
Carried

That the NSW Nationals support the legalisation of medical cannabis for use in treating terminal illness.
Young Nationals
Carried

That nurse training become more hospital-based, with reduced annual periods of academic learning in universities.
Cessnock Branch
Carried

 

Education

 

That all existing TAFE Colleges in rural and regional NSW be retained and that sufficient funding be provided so as to keep these Colleges operational.
Glen Innes Branch
Carried

That the NSW Government extend the types of technology, such as the video links used by Aurora College, in delivering TAFE courses to regional and rural students.
Young Nationals
Carried

That Conference commend the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government for committing to the fifth and sixth years of the Gonski school funding model and call upon the Federal Government to do the same.
Young Nationals
Carried

That the NSW Nationals call upon the Department of Education and Communities to pilot a distance education pre-school, using public school facilities and supervised by a carer, so that eligible three and four year old children in remote areas can access the fifteen hours of pre-schooling mandated to them via the Universal Access Guarantee and already available to children in other communities.
Education Committee
Carried

 

Primary Industries

 

That the NSW Nationals call on the NSW Government to support the welfare of domestic animals by implementing the mandatory quotation of a breeder licence or microchip number when advertising, transferring or selling a companion animal and where the animal is of an appropriate age.
Young Nationals
Carried

That the NSW Nationals commend the work of the Commonwealth Government in implementing improvements to federal country of origin labelling laws, and encourage the expedition of these reforms.
Young Nationals
Carried

 

Economy, Taxation & Regional Development

 

That the NSW Nationals call upon the Federal Government to greatly lift its assistance to research, especially rural and medical research, so as to maintain Australia’s competitiveness as a ‘smart country’.
Narrabri Branch
Carried

That the Competition and Consumer Act be amended to include:
a) divestiture powers, and,
b) a stricter Section 50 “substantial lessening of competition” test.

Tamworth Branch
Carried

That Australia’s company tax rate be substantially reduced.
Parkes EC
Carried

That Conference call upon the NSW Government to vigorously pursue policies designed to relocate additional government departments to regional areas.
Hume EC, Macleay Valley Branch
Carried

 

Electoral Matters

 

That NSW electoral law be amended so as to insist that the Electoral District Commission shall apply the maximum variation from the quota in determining the boundaries of more sparsely populated electorates.
Narrabri Branch
Carried

That electors be required to provide proof of identification before voting in any federal, state or local government election.
Dubbo Branch
Carried

That The Nationals press ahead with electoral reform so that candidates for micro-parties lacking significant voter support are not elected to upper houses.
Riverina EC, Macleay Valley Branch, Lithgow Branch
Carried

 

Environment & Planning

 

That, as part of the forthcoming NSW Government biosecurity legislation reform, the species classified as threatened be reviewed, so as to ascertain whether or not they should remain in that classification.
Macleay Valley Branch
Carried

That, as means of eradicating fruit fly:
a) the State and Federal Governments invest in media campaigns aimed at assisting the eradication of the pest;
Carried
and b) the reintroduction of fenthion be fast-tracked.
Amended, Carried 
Temora Branch, Cumberland Branch

That the Minister for Local Government take steps to ensure that Councils act within state-wide guidelines when processing applications for tree removal in residential areas.
Port Macquarie Branch
Carried

That the NSW Nationals support the eradication of feral cats and feral dogs as a matter of urgency.
Southern Highlands Branch
Carried

 

Disaster and Emergency Management

 

That the NSW Nationals urgently call for updated policies for the handling of fighting bushfires and regular hazard reduction.
Carried

That the NSW Nationals call for a review of the SES with the aim of improving the liaison between the SES and local authorities in times of disaster.
Carried

 

Land, Water, Natural Resources & Energy

 

That 50% of royalties from the CSG industry be returned to the Local Government Area in which they were generated, supplementing normal grants and funding and boosting local infrastructure.
Narrabri Branch, Coraki Branch
Carried

That the mothballed Cobbora coal deposit be utilised as a major energy hub.
Coolah-Cassilis Branch
Carried

That Conference call for a review of the management of the NSW Forest Estate and the National Parks Estate with a view to:
a) managing the entire estate for the range of common threats and values under a single governance structure and agency;
b) ensuring that the current threats to biodiversity are addressed;  and,
c) making all plantation timber and regrowth forests available to the timber industry using appropriate silvicultural and ecological practices to ensure sustainability.

Wauchope Branch
Carried

That the Water portfolio be transferred from the federal Environment Ministry to the Agriculture Ministry.
Inverell Branch
Carried

That the NSW Nationals support the building of the Byrrill Creek dam in the Tweed Valley to ensure its water security.
Tweed EC
Carried

That all water entitlements and allocations conveyancing work be conducted by professional conveyancers; not brokers and real estate agents.
Primary Industries, Resources & Energy Committee
Carried

That Conference call for the NSW Government to encourage supermarkets in regional areas to:
a) display a schedule of items that are produced, or substantially processed, in the region in which a store is located;  and
b) prominently feature Australian-grown, produced or substantially processed goods, on their web sites and shopping apps.

Macleay Valley Branch, Macksville & District Branch
Carried

 

Constitution & Rules

 

That Rule 4.6.1 be amended by deleting “31st March” and replacing those words with “31st July”.
Dubbo Branch
Carried

 

Communications

 

That, in any expansion of the mobile phone coverage footprint, the provision of services to rural and remote schools be given a high priority and that the NSW Government contribute to having mobile services extended to such schools.
Education Committee
Carried

That the NSW Nationals call for the managers of government businesses and departments in rural areas, such as Post Offices, to be given more authority.
Henty Branch
Carried

 

Law & Justice

 

That The Nationals call on the Federal Government to ban all online gambling advertising.
Tamworth Branch
Carried

That The NSW Nationals initiate an independent review of the Farm Debt Mediation Act, 1994, and amend it so as to accommodate its original intent – to help preserve farmers’ tenure of their land where debt reduction and viability can be demonstrated.
Primary Industries, Resources & Energy Committee
Carried

That women undertaking education programs in NSW prisons receive a similar rate of pay as those working in prison industries.
Women’s Council
Carried

That Conference calls on the NSW Nationals to support a review of rehabilitation programs of low risk prisoners to reduce reoffending, reduce numbers in prison, and enhance successful rehabilitation.
Southern Highlands Branch
Carried

 

Urgency Motions

 

The the Nationals oppose the sale of the Kidman and Co. assets to a foreign government state owned enterprise.
Carried

That the Coalition Government of NSW should investigate the NSW Electoral Act with a view to allowing the creation of smaller electorates in regional NSW. Size could be as low as half the existing quota, which is 52,000 plus or minus 10%.
Carried

That the NSW Nationals, working through the Federal Coalition in Government, require the Federal Arts Minister, Senator George Brandis to:
1. Identify regional and youth arts as key priority areas for funding under the new Nationals Program for Excellence in the Arts; and
2. Ensure there is at least one regional representative on the Committee for the new National Program for Excellence in the Arts.

Carried

The NSW Nationals encourage the Federal Government to include the investigation of bank interest charges on bank cards and all loans in their inquiry.
Carried