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National Party of Australia - NSW

Annual General Conference and National Party of Australia Federal Convention

Twin Towns Services Club Pacific Highway TWEED HEADS


National Party of Australia


Conference Program

Thursday June 15 2.00pm Opening Ceremony

Lindisfarne Anglican School Choir National Anthem Conference Prayer - Father Harry Reuss

2.15pm State Chairman's Address - Mrs Helen Dickie

2.40pm Conference Announcements Adoption of Standing Orders

2.45pm Motions: Transport and Regional Development Primary Industry and Trade

4.45pm Motions : Legal, Justice and Parliament Economy, Taxation and Workplace Relations

6.00pm State Parliamentary Question Time

7.00pm Conference adjourns

7.30pm-9.00pm Welcome to Tweed barbecue - Hosted by Richmond and Tweed Electorate Councils, NSWNational Party Tweed Heads Civic Centre

Friday June 16 7.00am-8.30am North Coast Business Breakfast - Hosted by Richmond and Tweed Electorate Councils, NSWNational Party Reflections Restaurant, Twin Towns Services Club

8.45am Conference Resumes

8.45am-10.30am Motions : Communications and Information Technology Resources, Environment and Conservation

10.35am State Leader's Address - The Hon George Souris MP

11.15am-12.45pm Motions Social Development Defence and Foreign Affairs

12.45pm-2.00pm Lunch adjournment - includes Women's Committee Luncheon Terraces 1 &2 - Twin Towns Resort

2.00pm-2.30pm Party Awards

2.30pm-3.30pm Motions: Health and Education Party Affairs

3.30pm-6.00pm Constitution and Rules

6.00pm Close of NSW Annual General Conference

National Party of Australia

Federal Convention 2000 Friday June 16 6.30pm-8.00pm National Party of Australia 80th Anniversary Cocktail Party Anzac Room, Twin Towns Services Club

Saturday June 17 8.00am-8.30am Commemorative photographs (Chris Cunningham Park adjacent to Services Club) Federal and State National Party and NT Country Liberal Party

Parliamentarians Former Federal and State National Party and NT Country Liberal Party Parliamentarians

Plenary Session

9.00am Federal Convention Opening ceremony

Lindisfarne Anglican School Choir Gold Coast Tweed Pipes and Drums National Anthem Convention Prayer — Father Paul McDonald

9.15am Introduction of Keynote speaker: Mrs Helen Dickie, Federal President

9.20am-10.10am Keynote Address: Mr Greg Daniel AM Chief Executive, Issues and Images Influencing contemporary Australia

10.10am-10.20am Vote of thanks: Mr David Russell RFD, QC, Senior Vice-President

10.20am Agenda Committee Report

10.25am Presentation of National Party of Australia Platform

10.40am-11.00am Morning tea

Concurrent Commission Sessions

11.00am Working groups assemble

12.30pm Working groups adjourn

12.3Opm-1.3Opm Lunch adjournment

Concurrent Commission Sessions

1.30pm Working groups reassemble

3.30pm Working groups adjourn

3.30pm-3.45pm Afternoon tea

Plenary Session

3.45pm-5.00pm State Parliamentary Leaders Forum

5.00pm-6.00pm Commission Reports and Recommendations (1) Resources and trade in the 21st century (2) Population — our people beyond 2000

6.00pm Evening adjournment

7.00pm for 7.30pm Federal President's Dinner Featuring Australia's leading country comedian, Jim Haynes Pandanus Room, Club Banora

Sunday June 18

Plenary session

9.00am-10.30am Federal Parliamentary Question Time

10.30am-10.50am Morning tea

11.00am Landmark Address: The Hon John Anderson MP Federal Leader, National Party of Australia Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services

The National Party - leading the way in the new century

11.45am Vote of thanks: The Hon Larry Anthony MP

National Party Member for Richmond Minister for Community Services

12.00pm-1.30pm Lunch adjournment

1.30pm-3.45pm Commission Reports and Recommendations (3) Rural and regional Australia — its social and economic future (4) Information technology — opportunities and challenges (5) Sustainable production from a fragile land

(6) Australia and the Kyoto Protocol

3.45pm Convention closing ceremony

4.00pm Close of Convention

Convention Commission Session Summaries

Resources and trade in the 21st century Chairman: Hon Mark Vaile MP Deputy Leader, Minister for Trade Facilitators: Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veteran's Affai s, MinisterAssisting the Minister for Defence Hon Hendy Cowan MLA Leader WesternAustralianNationals Deputy Premier, Minister for

Commerce and Trade, Regional Development and Small Business

Australia enters the 21st Century as a strong and emerging middle power on the global trade scene. Impor-tant domestic reforms over the last four years, including removing over $3.5 billion in indirect taxes on exporters

each year, are creating a more favourable environment for exporters, particularly small and medium sized enterprises. Regional Australia in particular stands to benefit from increased trade opportunities. One in four jobs in regional Australia depends on exports, more than in the capital

cities. Regional Australia generates over halfAustralia's exports, and accounts for one third ofAustralia's workforce. Trade is changing rapidly. Exports ofprimary products and minerals historically accounted for most of our export earnings. However recent years have seen a huge diversification, with significant growth in the trade of

services, while e-commerce is removing many of the traditional barriers to trade. The 21st century will see many more advances in communications technology, making the global trading market more crowded and

competitive. Increasing concerns about the exhaustion of our primary resources and the likelihood of increased environmental awareness by global consumers will also

make the 21st century a more complex environment for Australia to compete in. How should regional Australia respond to this emerging trade environment? Are export-ers in regional Australia equipped with the necessary tools to take advantage of technological improvements and

niche marketing in the global economy? Is Australia taking full advantage of its enormous stocks of natural resources and clean, green energy? And importantly, how do we ensure the Australian community understands the impor-tance of our export efforts? These are the challenges we must address in 2000.

Population - our people beyond 2000 Chairman: Hon Larry Anthony MP Minister for Community Services

Facilitators: Mr John Forrest MP Chief National Party Whip Mr Scott Mitchell, President Young National Party ofAustralia

Australia's population trends have changed dramati-cally over the past 20 years. In 1960 there were just under 10.4 million people. By 1970 that had grown to 12.6 million and by 1980 to 14.8 million. Over the past 20 years, our population has grown by around five million. Today there are 19 million people living inAus-tralia. Immigration has historically been the prime source

of population growth and it remains a fact that without immigration, Australia would have a negative population growth Immigrants have contributed to the hugely diverse cultural development ofAustralia, especially in more recent years with the growth in immigration from

Asian countries. We are faced with a very substantial ageing block in our population and we continue to see major population concentration on our capital cities and coastal areas. International experience suggests the

optimum size of a city is up to two million people - about the size of Brisbane and Adelaide. Beyond that, mega-city problems arise - rising crime, squalor and inefficiency. Has Sydney, with around four million people, reached the population saturation point? Can we attract more people to regional centres, rural and remote areas? Can those

areas sustain more people? Do we need a long-team policy on new regional city development to ease pressure on the largest cities? These are the challenges for the future.

Convention Commission Session Summaries

Rural and regional Australia - its social and economic future Chairman: Senator The Hon Grant Tambling Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister

for Health and Aged Care

Facilitators: Mrs Pam Stallman President National Party Women's Federal Council Dr AndrewBolamBAPhD, formerly Lecturer in Regional Development, Flinders University

Early in 1999, National Party Federal Leader John Anderson warned that Australia was in danger of becom-ing `two nations', divided between the relatively strong city economies and the less affluent country areas. It is a

situation that has been developing over a long time. Increasing mechanisation has been reducing the country labour force for more than 50 years and so undermining the population base of country communities. They were further undermined in the 1980s and 1990s with the rationalisation of government and commercial services,

some of the worst droughts in history, record high inflation and interest rates, the collapse of the wool market and generally weak commodity prices. Under John Anderson's leadership, the National Party has successfully

focused more government attention on the needs of country and regional Australia than at anytime since Federation. He developed the Regional Australia Summit, from which important action is flowing. He is pushing for

a national goal for the first decade of the new century to be the rebuilding ofregional Australia's economic and community base. Many issues come together in address-ing this subject - generating greater unity of purpose and

social cohesion, improving the equality of services like health, education and communications, building populations, encouraging business growth and develop-ment, providing major new infrastructure and taking

advantage of the emerging opportunities of the new economy. Developments in e-commerce and on-line communications offer exciting opportunities to really break down the tyranny of distance that has been a

constant inhibiting factor to Australia's inland develop-ment. But it too brings new challenges, notably the potential for j ob displacement as companies move to the

new economy and substantially change traditional work practices. These are the issues for the new century.

Information technology - opportunities and challenges Chairman: Hon Peter McGauran MP Minister for the Arts and Centenary of

Federation Minister representing the Minister for Communications and Information Tehcnology in the House of


Facilitators: Mr Paul Neville MP National Party Whip, Chairman - Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the

Arts Chairman - Policy Committee on Communications, Information Technology, Arts and the Centenary of Federation Mr Simon Swan, B Info Tech,

Information Technology Manager

The information technology (IT) revolution is already upon us and there are major changes and innovations being announced each day. This rapid advance in technol-ogybrings with it many opportunities for remote and rural

Australia as we gain access to new communications methods and more and more information is made available via the Internet. Satellite phones are quickly expanding to fill the significant void in the older communications tech-

nologies and the costs are coming down. The tyranny of distance is quicklybeing eroded. However, that distance has also insulated many communities from change and helped preserve the lifestyle that makes rural living so unique. With the new opportunities also come some

significant threats, in particular to small businesses, which must be considered by rural communities. While the technologybrings goods and services closer to every Australian, we must ask ourselves who is actually offering

these services and is it being done at the expense of our traditional business sector? As a political Party, we need to look past the immediate issues that are currently domi-nating the communications debate. Issues such as basic

access to communications services, and the cost of that access, are quicklybeing addressed. We must plan strategies on how we live in the new on-line world with

new technologies (such as Interactive Digital Television) after the access issues are solved and assess what impact this will have on the way we live, work and play.

Convention Co*mmission Session Summaries

Sustainable production from a fragile land Chairman: Hon Warren Truss MP Minister forAgriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Facilitators: Hon Ian Causley MP Member for Page Chairman - Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage

Senator Sandy Macdonald National PartyNew South Wales

• Australians area unique people living in a unique land. Ours is the world's driest inhabited continent. It has some of the world's oldest and least fertile soils, and most of us live on its coastal fringe. Over the past 200

years we have become efficient producers of agricultural commodities which contribute greatly to our export income and domestic economy. But in recent decades we have come to realise the importance of sustainable

land management to ensure we maintain our productive capacity. The' 80s saw the birth of the Landcare move-ment - individuals voluntarily working together to tackle common problems like soil degradation through wind and

water erosion, salinity, water quality, and the loss of native vegetation and habitat. Amajor initiative of the National Party in Government after 1996 was the creation of the Natural Heritage Trust - the biggest financial commitment

to the environment by any government inAustralia's history - with $1.5 billion over six years. But what direction should we take in future? This is a hot topic nationally, and led to the release last year of a detailed

public discussion paper on natural resource management, which prompted over 500 submissions. These will help the Government - in consultation with the States, land-owners and community groups - in the vital task of

developing a national policy on managingAustralia's natural resources - its soil, water and vegetation.

Australia and the Kyoto Protocol Chairman: Hon Tim Fischer MP Member for Farrer Facilitators: De-Anne Kelly MP

Member for Dawson Mr David Russell RFD, QC, Senior Federal Vice-President

The Kyoto Protocol was developed at an interna-tional summit on global warming in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997. Under the protocol, industrialised countries that are signato-ries have committed to targets to reduce their greenhouse

gas emissions. Australia agreed to limit its greenhouse emissions to no more than eight per cent above 1990 levels by the year 2012. While that might not appear too ambi-tious, it has wide reaching ramifications for allAustralians.

As one way of meeting the targets, the Government is currently looking at anew system of Federal approval for all new mining, gas and energy production facilities that are likely to generate more than 500,000 tonnes of carbon

dioxide or its equivalent each year. Australia must also consider methane emission levels in the overall equation and the potential impact on livestock industries. Should produc-ers have their livestock numbers capped, should theyplant

more trees, to what extent canAustralia develop and benefit from new farm and plantation forestry and trading in carbon credits, is carbon credit trading a viable option or alternative for land holders? The National P arty, through

this Commission, is taking a leading role in developing the debate. Australia must develop a comprehensive long-term plan now to give future investment certainty for its mining energy, farming and manufacturing industries. It must

develop a long-term strategy if these sectors are to continue as the primary export earning and job creating sectors of theAustralian economy.

Keynote Speaker - Greg Daniel AM

Greg Daniel is one ofAustralia's foremost experts inadvertising, communications and marketing. In 1998 hefounded Issues & Images, Australia's largest independ-ent communications group, which is now breaking newground, offering diversified marketing services, includ-ing through new media channels. These technologiesgive him aunique backdrop to analyse the mood, mindand aspirations of contemporaryAustralians. Hisextensive experience allows him to project a fascinating focus on the development of

Australian society into the 21's century. He was awarded the Order ofAustralia for his work as Chairman of The

Communicaitons Commission for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Bid. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

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