NSW Nationals Policy

The NSW Nationals have been in government since 2011 at a state level and 2013 at a federal level. During that time, we have worked hard to deliver a fair go for the people of regional, rural, and remote NSW.

Our policies are based upon traditional Australian values of fairness, equality, and mateship – which are reflected in our We Believe statement – and upon motions presented by grassroots members to our Annual General Conference.

 

We are proud to be the most democratic grassroots organisation in Australia, and the only one solely dedicated to serving the people of regional, rural, and remote NSW.

Economy

Transport

Transport

The NSW Nationals want to keep NSW moving and to do that we need roads, rail, and ports – both air and sea – to continually improve. The Nationals have held the transport portfolio in the state and federal governments for years and have delivered important road...

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Resources sector

Resources sector

Many regional communities are built around resources – fishing, forestry and mining are just a few of the industries providing vital jobs outside of the cities. The NSW Nationals understand how important our resources sector is to the economy of NSW and our nation....

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Primary industries

Primary industries

The NSW Nationals have always had a focus on agriculture, a sector worth more than $8 billion to our economy each year. But our support does not stop at farmers, pastoralists, and horticulturalists. We back all food and fibre sectors including fishing and aquaculture,...

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Tourism

Tourism

New South Wales is blessed with contrasting and diverse landscapes, from alpine wilderness to seaside beauty, rainforests, and bushland. There is a lot to enjoy, experience and learn about our state and the tourism sector plays a significant role in sharing these...

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Supporting small business

Supporting small business

There are hundreds of thousands of small businesses in our state, and more than a third of them are in the regions. These small businesses are a major part of their regional communities – supplying services, products, and supporting community groups through local...

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Services

Telecommunications

Telecommunications

The NSW Nationals in Government have invested heavily in improving regional telecommunications, which in conjunction with more Federal Government and private sector investment has reduced the number of mobile phone blackspots. However, we are not content to wait for...

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Energy

Energy

Power generation and supply People living in regional, rural, and remote areas deserve access to cheaper, more reliable, and cleaner energy. Our industries, businesses, schools, health system and households rely on a secure and uninterrupted power supply. We depend on...

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Housing

Housing

The NSW Nationals believe affordable housing is important for people living and working in regional, rural, and remote areas.We want to ensure people outside of the major metropolitan areas have affordable housing options. The NSW Nationals also want to provide social...

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Aboriginal Affairs

Aboriginal Affairs

The NSW Nationals acknowledge Indigenous Australians as the traditional custodians of our land and work to give them an effective voice in Parliament. All work and policy we develop about Indigenous people and communities involves and respects those affected and is...

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Health

Health

Health is not just about doctors and hospitals. It incorporates aged care, mental health care, allied health services dentistry and general medical services. It is vital regional people have access to health services – ranging from nursing posts in remote areas to a...

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Education and Training

Education and Training

We believe all students, regardless of where they live, should have access to quality education. The NSW Nationals value investing in improved education outcomes from childcare level right through schooling to vocational and tertiary learning. Affordable and quality...

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Community

Regional cities

Regional cities

We have some amazing regional towns and cities that form hubs for many surrounding regional communities. The NSW Nationals believe investing in our regional centres is vital to the growth of our state – supporting regional business and industry and supplying a...

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Community development

Community development

Arts and culture Access to a range of diverse artistic and cultural experiences is important for the social wellbeing of all Australians. A healthy arts scene builds community cohesion and vibrancy, encouraging social interactions and a sense of place as well as...

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Community safety

Community safety

Emergency Services Emergency services workers – both paid and voluntary – make a huge contribution to the safety of people and property in regional NSW. Our first responders need to be well trained and resourced to enable them to respond to incidents quickly and...

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Our country

People living and working in regional, rural, and remote areas have a close connection to the land and have an appreciation for the environment and sustainable development. We choose to live outside of the cities because we love our pristine beaches and waterways, our forests and bushland, and great outback spaces.

It is important to enjoy the natural beauty of our land, and ensure it is well-cared for into the future.

The NSW Nationals are committed to sustainability in many forms – well-managed forests, productive agricultural land, river management, alternative energy sources, recycling, and research programs to address land degradation and salinity.

Landcare

Landcare

The NSW Nationals in Government are investing in Landcare NSW to help it to deliver more initiatives for the environment and provide more support to their volunteers.

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Conservation

Conservation

The NSW Nationals support research to establish whether rare and endangered flora and fauna exist on reserves or in areas of remnant vegetation on agricultural private property located within rural areas, and will designate ‘environmentally sensitive areas’ if rare...

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Water

Water

Water security in our drying climate is vital for the growth of our regions – to supply quality drinking water as well as ensuring businesses and farms can maximise their potential. The NSW Nationals support initiatives to ensure water supply, licences and...

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Climate Change

Climate Change

The NSW Nationals acknowledge our climate is changing, resulting in more extreme and variable weather patterns. We know that it is important to minimise our impact on the environment where possible, but there is also important work that can be done on a local scale,...

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