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^TIONAL PARTY

X 594

OF

AUSTRALIA.

FEDERAL CONFERENCE

Rebuilding the Family - Rebuilding Australia -

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THE NATIONAL

PARTY OF AUSTRALIA ti ^ AOTY 01P7 1o Q .r zLA FEDERAL CONFERENCE 1994

Lakeside International Hotel Friday 9 September, 1994 to Sunday 11 September 1994

John Paterson, Federal President, Tim Fischer, MP, Federal Leader,

National Par ty of Australia. 1990 - National Party of Australia. 1990 -

PROGRAMME................................................................................................................1

ANTHEM ...................................................................................... ..............................2

STANDINGORDERS AND RULES OF DEBATE ........................... ..............................3

GUEST SPEAKER, ALEXANDER DOWNER, MP - Leader of the Opposition ..........5

MOTIONS:

ProceduralMotions .....................................................................................6

Government Administration, Constitutional, Legal & Electoral (1-25) .........8

Primary Industry, Resource Industries and Trade (26-45) ...........................14

Economy , Finance and Tax Reform (46-60) ................................................23

IndustrialReforms and Wages (61-69) .......................................................28

Healthand Education (70-88) .....................................................................30

Families, People and Social Services (89-109) ..........................................34

ForeignRelations, Aid and Defence (110-115) ............................................40

Transport, National Development and Communications (116-137) ............ 42

Research, Environment and Conservation (138-141) .................................48

REGISTRATION: Ballroom Foyer: Thursday, 8 September, all day from 11 am Friday, 9 September, all day from 7am

GREEN: Delegates to Federal Council and Conference

GOLD: Delegates to Federal Conference

WHITE: Observers

RED: Staff

1 1am (All Day)

Registration - Ballroom Foyer

9.00am - 5.00pm Women's Federal Council - Lake Hakone Room 9.00am - 5.00pm Young National Par ty of Australia - Lake Michigan Room 11.00am - 4.00pm Federal Management Commi tt ee - Lake Nyanza/Geneva Rooms 8.00pm Annual Federal Council - Lake Michigan Room

- Roll Call

- Apologies

- Adoption of Standing Orders & Agenda - Financial Report

- Procedural Motions - Resolutions for Federal Conference - Election of Office Bearers (to take effect from close of Federal Conference)

7.00am - 9.00am Registration - Ballroom Foyer

9.00am - 5.30pm Federal Confe re nce - Lake Superior/Huron Rooms - Assembly

9.05am - Anthem, Prayer

- Apologies

- Adoption of Standing Orders & Agenda - Procedural Motions

9.30am Opening address by John Paterson, Federal President - States' Reports

- Presidents' Reports - WFC & YNPA

12.00 noon Address by Mr Alexander Downer, MP Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia 12.30pm -1.45pm Lunch

1.45pm - 4.00pm - Resolutions

4.00pm Address by Senator Ron Boswell 4.30pm - 5.30pm Senators' and Members' Forum 6.00pm - 8.00pm Senators' and Members' Cocktail Party - Lake Michigan Room

8.30am-5.00pm Federal Conference - Resolutions

10.30am Address by John Anderson, MP - Resolutions

12.30pm - 2.00pm Lunch

- Resolutions

3.00pm Launch of National Par ty Youth Policy 4.00pm - Resolutions

7.00pm -12 Midnight Federal President's Bush Dance - Lake Michigan/ Huron Rooms

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10.30am Address by Tim Fischer, MP

Leader of the National Party of Australia - General Business

12.00 noon Close of Conference

One verse only

- Advance Australia Fair -

Australians all let us rejoice, For we are young and free; We've golden soil and wealth for toil; Our home is girt by sea;

Our land abounds in nature's gifts Of beauty rich and rare; In history's page, let every stage Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing, Advance Australia Fair

Definitions:

"Members" referred to in these Standing Orders means those members of or delegates to Federal Conference who are entitled to vote at meetings of Federal Conference.

Order of Business 1. Debate shall proceed by way of membership speaking for or against motions put one at a time to the Chairman of the meeting. 2. Subject to any direction from the Chairman the Agenda as accepted by the meeting

at its commencement shall be proceeded with in the order in which it is set out.

Speaking Generally 3. Each member shall have the right to speak: oncapn any motion before the chair; and

(b) once on any amendment. 4. Any member desiring to speak shall signify his or her desire to do so in such manner as determined by the Chairman. He or she will announce his or her name and the capacity in which he or she attends the meeting and address the Chairman

respectfully.

5. Whenever the Chairman rises during debate the member then speaking shall cease to do so. 6. No member shall use offensive or unbecoming words. 7. No speaker shall digress from the subject under discussion and imputations or

improper motives and all personal reflections on members shall be deemed disorderly. 8. No member shall interrupt another while speaking except on a point of order. 9. A member who formally seconds a motion or amendment without making a speech

may speak in support at a subsequent stage of debate. 10. A member who has moved a substantive motion shall be allowed 5 minutes to introduce the motion and at the conclusion of the discussion, even though his original motion has been amended, a further 3 minutes for reply to wind up debate.

There shall be no right of reply attached to the moving of an amendment. 11. Each other speaker to a motion may speak for 3 minutes.

Notices of Motion 12. The right to move a motion of which notice has been given shall in the first instance be that of the Party body which submitted it. If no representative of the Party body is presentwhen the motion is called, the Chairman may in his discretion either permit

some other member present to move it or defer discussion of the motion until all other business has been dealt with. 13. Upon a substantive motion being called, the Chairman may ask the meeting whether there is any opposition to it. If there is none, the motion may in the discretion of the

Chairman be put without debate. If there is opposition, the mover shall exercise his right of speech, a speaker against the motion will be called, thereupon the seconder of the motion will be called, or if he declines, some other speaker in favour of the motion will be called and debate will proceed until:

(a) there is no speaker wishing to speak in favour of the motion or against it when such a speaker is called for in order of debate;

(b) debate on the question has proceeded for 20 minutes; (c) it is resolved that the question be put; or (d) it is resolved that the debate be adjourned. 14. An amendment may be put on an original motion. The Chairman shall put the

amendment to the meeting first and, if carried, it shall be declared to embody the

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decision of the meeting, superseding the motion. When the amendment has been

decided, a further amendment may be moved, which, if carried, shall in turn, supersede the motion as amended.

15. The Chairman shall refuse to accept any amendment which is a direct negative or which does not preserve the substance of the original motion.

16. The mover of any motion other than a procedural motion or a motion appearing in the Agenda as adopted by the meeting and of any amendment shall provide a copy of the same in writing to the Chairman prior to rising to speak to the same.

17. A member may move that the debate of a motion be adjourned. If the question is resolved in the negative the mover shall not be allowed to speak again on the question under debate. If the motion is resolved in the affirmative, the debate shall cease and resume at the time specified in the motion and the mover shall have the right of resuming the debate. No member shall move the adjournment after speaking on the motion.

18. At any time during the debate, any member who has not spoken to the motion or any amendment thereto moved may, without notice, move that the question be put, and such motion, being duly seconded, shall be put without debate. If the motion that the question be put is carried in relation to a substantive motion the mover of the original motion may then reply and the question shall be put to vote; if it is carried

in relation to an amendment the mover of the original motion, if he has not already spoken to the amendment, may speak to the amendment and the amendment shall then be put without debate, and if it is lost the debate shall proceed.

19. The meeting may, by resolution, grant an extension of time to any speaker, or for the discussion of any motion or amendment.

20. Upon a member raising a point of order, the member then speaking shall sit down until it has been decided. The member rising to order shall state concisely the point of order and the Chairman shall give his ruling. The Chairman may request any person present to make submissions on the point of order prior to giving his ruling.

21. It shall be competent for any member to move a motion of dissent from the Chairman's ruling. The mover of the motion of dissent shall have 3 minutes to state his point. The Chairman shall have 3 minutes to reply and the question will be put forthwith.

Determination of Motion

22. The Chairman may at his discretion declare a motion carried or lost. Should the Chairman's declaration be disputed by more than 10 of the members present, or should the Chairman so require, a count of votes for and against the motion shall be taken provided that a request by such members shall be made immediately after the Chairman shall have made his declaration.

23. In the event of a count of votes being required in accordance with Standing Order 22, the Chairman may appoint 2 or more tellers to count the votes for or against the motion then before the chair and report the result to the Chairman. Should 50% of the members then in attendance request a ballot, a secret ballot shall be taken. The Chairman may appoint 2 or more tellers to count the ballot papers and report the

result to him.

Matters Not Covered by Standing Orders

24. All matters not covered by these Standing Orders shall be determined according to the practice of the House of Representatives.

Suspension of Standina Orders

25. A member may at any time move that these Standing Orders or any of them be suspended. The member proposing any such motion shall have 3 minutes to state the reasons why such motion should be considered, whereupon the motion for suspension shall be put forthwith.

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GUEST SPEAKER

12 NOON, Friday, 9 September, 1994

ALEXANDER

DOWNER, MP

Leader of the Opposition

PERSONAL:

Born 9 September, 1951.

NATIONAL

PARTY of AUSTRALIA FEDERAL CONFERENCE, 1994

Married to Nicky with three daughters, Georgina, Olivia and Henrietta, and one son, Edward.

Educated at Geelong Grammar School, Victoria, Radley College, Oxford, UK and University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

QUALIFICATIONS:

BA (Hons) Politics and Economics

:.l_1;1=14.

1975-76 Economist, Bank of NSW, Sydney;

1976-82 Diplomat, Department of Foreign Affairs serving at the Australian Mission to EEC, Australian Representation to NATO, Australian Embassy, Belgium and

Luxembourg, Senior Foreign Affairs Representative in South Australia.

1982-83 Political Advisor to Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser;

Political Advisor to the Federal Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Andrew Peacock.

1983-84 Executive Director, Australian Chamber of Commerce

1984- Federal Member for Mayo

1987 Shadow Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment

1988-89 Shadow Minister for Housing, Small Business and Customs

1990-92 Shadow Minister for Trade and Trade Negotiations

1992-93 Shadow Minister for Defence

1993 Shadow Treasurer

1994 Leader of the Opposition

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STANDING ORDERS AND AGENDA

PM1. That this Conference adopt the Standing Orders and Rules of Debate and the Agenda as printed, for the purposes of this Conference.

(Federal Management Committee) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

NORTHERN TERRITORY COUNTRY LIBERAL PARTY

PM2. That the Delegates attending this Conference from the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party (NTCLP), as an Organisation associated with the National Party of Australia be invited to participate in the debates of this Conference and to vote, as provided for in Clause 72.1 and 72.2 of the Party's Federal Constitution.

(Federal Management Committee) CARRIED/LOST/AMENDED

OBSERVERS

PM3. That this Conference welcomes the presence of business, industry and diplomatic ob-servers; National Party Member observers; and spouses of delegates to attend the sessions of this Conference.

(Federal Management Committee) CARRIED/LOST/AMENDED

MEDIA

PM4. That this Conference welcomes the attendance of representatives of the media to report on all sessions of this Conference, unless specific motions are carried calling on this Conference to enter committee stages, or requiring the media not to report specific matters under discussion.

(Federal Management Committee) CARRIED/LOST/AMENDED

POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE

PM5. This Conference notes that the Policy Review . Committee established by Federal Con-ference in 1989 (now comprising David Russell and Peter McGauran) has reviewed the existing Federal Policies of the Party and circulated recommended amendments.

This Conference agrees that further proposed changes should be submitted in writing to the Review Committee before midday on Saturday 10 September.

This Conference further agrees that the final proposals of the Committee be considered by Conference in its session beginning at 9am on Sunday 11 September, following which the Party's Federal Policies be re-issued taking into account the changes accepted and the Resolutions adopted by this Conference.

(Federal Management Committee) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

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STANDING ORDERS AND AGENDA

PM1.

NORTHERN TERRITORY COUNTRY LIBERAL PARTY

PM2.

OBSERVERS

PM3.

MEDIA

PM4.

POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE

PM5.

MABO LEGISLATION

That the National Party of Australia seek a review of the Federal Native Land Title Legislation on return to Government.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED! LOST/ AMENDED

COMMONWEALTH LAND RIGHTS ACT

2. That the National Party calls on the Federal Government to immediately review the Commonwealth Land Rights Act, which applies only in the Northern Territory, so that Aboriginal land owners in the Territory have rights and title to land which are equal to and not superior to, titles granted to Aboriginal people in the States under the Native Title Act.

That, in Government, the National Party commits itself to institute a comprehensive review of the Native Title Act and to transfer from the Commonwealth to the Northern Territory legislature full responsibility for the Commonwealth Land Rights Act.

(Northern Territory Country Liberal Party) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

MABO LEGISLATION

3. That the National Party of Australia suports the re-introduction of last year's Mabo Legislative Amendments which were aimed at securing the Leasehold Titles of Miners, Pastoralists and Fishermen.

(Young National Party of Australia) CARRIED! LOST/ AMENDED

NATIVE TITLE CLAIMS

4. That the National Party supports the right of all defendants to Native Title claims, including opposing aboriginals, as well as land lessees, local government etc., having their reasonable legal costs met by the Government where the claimants legal costs are funded by the Government.

(National Party - Victoria) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

LAND ACQUISITION FUND

5. That this Conference totally oppose the Land Acquisition Fund of $1.46 billion which the Federal Government is using to buy land that cannot be claimed under the Native Title Act and to then transfer that land into inalienable native title.

(Groom Divisional Council) CARRIED! LOST/ AMENDED

RACIAL VILIFICATION LEGISLATION

6. That the National Party strongly oppose the proposed racial vilification legislation on the basis that it would seriously restrict our freedom of speech and prevent honest criticisms of certain unjust behaviour, religious biases and malpractices, and certain government policies which are not in the Nation's best interest (eg. Immigration Policies). Furthermore that the

National Party supports an ongoing community education programme designed to build community tolerance between racial groups.

(National Party - South Australia) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

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MABO LEGISLATION

i1

COMMONWEALTH LAND RIGHTS ACT

2.

MABO LEGISLATION 3.

NATIVE TITLE CLAIMS 4.

LAND ACQUISITION FUND

5.

RACIAL VILIFICATION LEGISLATION 6.

NORTHERN TERRITORY STATEHOOD

7. Noting that the Country Liberal Government in the Northern Territory has demonstrated a remarkable record of social and economic achievement since the 1978 grant of self government, this Conference calls upon the Commonwealth Government to complete the transfer to State like powers to the Territory, including the ownership of uranium and

legislative authority for the Commonwealth Land Rights Act, and work towards conferring on the Territory full and equal rights as a State of the Commonwealth by the year 2001.

(Northern Territory Country Liberal Party) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

STATES' RIGHTS - TASMANIAN PARLIAMENT

8. That the National Party of Australia supports the Tasmanian Parliament's right to determine its own laws in relation to homosexual activities, and condemns the Federal Government for allowing domestic disputes to be heard by an international organisation.

(Young National Party of Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

LAKE PEDDER

9. That the National Party oppose the attempt by The Greens and Environmental Lobby groups to drain Lake Pedder by the year 2000, and that any future Federal Coalition Government would reverse any support that the Federal Labor Government extends to the project.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST / AMENDED

WORLD HERITAGE LISTINGS

10. That areas of Tasmania are not nominated for World Heritage Listing without due regard of the area's potential for resource development. Furthermore that any attempt to override the wishes of the Tasmanian Government only be considered if extraordinary circumstances exist.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS

11. That the National Party supports legislation to empower the Senate to have the right to debate all international agreements before any government decision is made.

(Gippsland Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES

12. That the National Party of Australia express its concern at the large number of international treaties, conventions and agreements being signed by the Federal Government; and in so doing:

(a) calls on the Federal Government to immediately implement a moratorium on the signing and ratification of any further treaties unless they have been examined by the Parlia-ment; (b) requests that this moratorium remain in place until such time as a referendum has been

held to determine whether Australians will support an amendment to the Constitution that would require international treaties, conventions and agreements to be examined by the Parliament before they come into force in Australia;

(c) produce and circulate a petition to this effect; and (d) urge other State Organisations of the National Party to take up the petition.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

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NORTHERN TERRITORY STATEHOOD

7.

STATES' RIGHTS - TASMANIAN PARLIAMENT 8.

LAKE PEDDER 9.

WORLD HERITAGE LISTINGS 10.

INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS 11.

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES 12.

(a)

(b)

(c) (d)

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INTERNATIONAL TREATIES

13. That it be National Party policy to seek amendments (via referenda) to the Australian Constitution to ensure that before further international treaties can be signed by the Federal Government, they must pass a two thirds Senate majority vote.

(Murray Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES

14. That the National Party of Australia opposes intervention by the Federal Government in respect of laws which are rightfully the responsibility of the Tasmanian Government, as a result of decisions reached by unrepresentative International Committees.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES

15. That the National Party of Australia: (a) strongly opposes the signing of any more International Treaties before such treaties have been scrutinised and approved by both Houses of Federal Parliament, because they are being used to override Australia's laws; and

(b) requests the Federal Coalition to vigorously oppose the Federal Government signing the UN Convention of Desertification because of the tremendous impact other countries could have on our farming practices.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

REPUBLIC AND THE AUSTRALIAN FLAG

16. That this Federal Conference does not support the current inappropriate push to make Australia a republic, and strongly supports the retention of the present Australian flag.

(Indi Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

NON-COMPULSORY VOTING

17. That the National Party support the abolition of compulsory voting at Federal Elections, (Murray Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

ELECTRONIC VOTING

18. That State and Federal Elections be carried out utilising computer facilities of the type used by the Totalisator Agency Board, or Telecom's 'discovery' network in order to prevent fraudulent voting.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES

19. That the National Party of Australia makes a submission to the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission on its failure to take into account the community of interest requirement when drawing up electoral boundaries.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

FOUR YEAR TERMS FOR COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTS

20. That the National Party of Australia supports the introduction of fixed four year terms for Commonwealth Parliament, with the election to be held on the nearest Saturday.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

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INTERNATIONAL TREATIES

13.

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES 14.

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES 15. (a)

(b)

REPUBLIC AND THE AUSTRALIAN FLAG

16.

NON-COMPULSORY VOTING 17.

ELECTRONIC VOTING 18.

ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES 19.

FOUR YEAR TERMS FOR COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTS 20.

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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION TIME

21. That the National Party supports the attendance of Ministers at Question Time.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED/LOST/AMENDED

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS

22. That this Conference of the National Party demand that Australian Governments: (a) not formally recognise couples of the same sex for the purposes of Government administration (b) not allow single people to adopt children or use reproductive technology.

(Young National Party of Australia) CARRIED/ LOST/AMENDED

APPOINTMENT OF HIGH COURT JUDGES

23. That the National Party of Australia: (a) adopt as policy that the High Court should consist of one High Court Judge from each State of Australia appointed by State Parliament;

(b) head a public debate on examining new systems of appointing judges to try to make them representative of the public while always preserving their independence.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

FRAUDULENT INSURANCE CLAIMS

24. That the National Party should strengthen the existing insurance contracts Act to enable the apprehension and prosecution of persons involved in lodging fraudulent claims. The in-surance compaines involved should be required by law to notify the police of all such claims so that the perpetrators can be dealt with before the courts.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

APPROPRIATE CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT

25. That the National Party should, in conjunction with the States, encourage the provision of minimum sentences within legislation to ensure that criminal offenders are sufficiently punished for their crimes.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

26. That this Conference condemns the Federal Labor Government for its failure to implement an adequate national drought policy and calls for the:

(a) immediate return of severe drought to the Natural Disaster Relief Arrangements;

(b) extension of the drought exceptional circumstances provisions of the Rural Adjustment Scheme to New South Wales;

(c) suspension of the assets test for all federal welfare benefits such as Farm Household Support, Austudy and Family Allowance; (d) amendment of the Farm Household Support, Austudy and Family Allowance; (e) provision of a wages supplement up to the value of unemployment benefits for those

sharefarmers/employees at risk of losing their jobs due to the drought; (f) reinstatement of an effective Income Equalisation Deposit Scheme as a means of encouraging farmers to set aside income from good years as insurance against hard times.

(National Party Federal Parliamentary Party) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION TIME

21.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS 22. (a)

(b)

APPOINTMENT OF HIGH COURT JUDGES

23.

(a)

(b)

FRAUDULENT INSURANCE CLAIMS

24.

APPROPRIATE CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT 25.

26.

(a) (b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

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RURAL TAX REFORM

27. That the National Party vigorously pursue a policy of major rural tax reform to ensure the long term viability of primary industry in Australia, particularly in remote areas. Specifically, the National Party support tax policies which:

(a) help ensure the efficient family farm remains the foundation of Australia's agricultural industries;

(b) ensure no disadvantage in the overall tax mix to farmers or people living and working in regional and rural Australia; (c) reject quarantining of business, farm and investment losses; (d) provide investment allowances and tax concessions for on-farm water, soil and fodder

conservation; (e) ensure the tax-related efficiency of Income Equalisation Deposits and provide for tax averaging; (f) provide a fuel excise rebate for all fuel used in the farming, forestry, fishing and mining

industries; (g) reinstate a form of fuel freight equalisation to ensure country petrol prices are as near as possible to those in capital cities; (h) exempt remote area accommodation and meals for rural industries from fringe benefits

tax;

(i) reduce export inspection charges to primary producers; Q) abolish capital gains tax other than for speculative gains where an asset is held for less than five years, with the CGT liability reducing on a sliding scale over the five years; (k) guarantee no reintroduction of death or gift duties and no new wealth or inheritance

taxes;

(I) comprehensively review all assets testing and abolish the test for people who wish to retire on or from a family farm they are leaving to immediate relatives who are drawing their primary income from the farm; (m) ensure eligibility for assistance for isolated children is based on an income test only; (n) ensure eligibility for other Commonwealth benefits, pensions, health and education

assistance programs for country Australians is based only on an income test in times of extreme economic hardship; and (o) campaign to have the Commonwealth increase funding for rural adjustment and the agricultural research effort of the CSIRO; to reinstate Commonwealth contributions to

wool promotion and research; and to again become directly involved in drought aid funding.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

FEDERAL POLICIES

28. That the National Party of Australia examine ways and means whereby the Federal Coalition policies be made more reflective of the policies of the members of the National Party and that such examination reconsider the policies of tarrif reduction which affect the primary production sector of the nation.

(Fairfax Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

INCOME EQUALISATION DEPOSITS

29. When in Government the National Party: (a) reconstitute the present IED scheme to extend the time frame for investment in the year of returns to 30 September and to be fully deductible; (b) eliminate withholding tax; (c) apply interest at bond rate to 100% of investment; (d) make IEDs eligible for utilisation as superannuation on retirement.

(Maranoa Divisional Council) CARRIED! LOST/ AMENDED

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RURAL TAX REFORM

27.

(a)

(b)

(c) (d)

(e)

(f)

(9)

(h)

(I)

G)

(k)

(I)

(m) (n)

(o)

FEDERAL POLICIES

28.

INCOME EQUALISATION DEPOSITS 29. (a)

(b) (c) (d)

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INCOME EQUALISATION DEPOSITS

30. That the National Party of Australia calls for the following changes to the Income Equalisation Deposit Scheme (IEDs) (a) That the minimum term be reduced to three months on the proviso that an IED cannot be made after the withdrawal of a previous IED in the same financial year;

(b) that interest be paid on the full deposit;

(c) that tax be assessed at the end of the financial year; and (d) that IEDs be available to privately owned farming companies.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

RURAL ADJUSTMENT SCHEME

31. That the National Party revise the guidelines relating to exceptional circumstances provisions to ensure that farmers who have adapted and diversified their farming enterprises are not disqualified from accessing appropriate assistance, and that the National Party ensures that the Rural Adjustment Scheme is properly funded.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED! LOST/ AMENDED

RURAL ADJUSTMENT SCHEME

32. That in acknowledging the important role that the Rural Adjustment Scheme has played in supporting and developing Australia's Rural Industries, the National Party will:

- support the continuation of the Rural Adjustment Scheme, and in particular the current emphasis on enhancing farm productivity and improving farm management skills

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

RURAL ADJUSTMENT SCHEME

33. That this Federal Conference call on the Shadow Federal Minister for Primary Industry to approach the Federal Minister for Primary Industry to try to make the RAS more accessible to those who need help, but do not qualify under the present guidelines.

(National Party - South Australia) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

WHEAT POLICY

34. That the National Party reiterate its support for: (a) single desk trading capability (b) the maintenance of 95% underwriting in the year of production.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST / AMENDED

RIGHT TO FARM

35. That the National Party strongly defend farmers' rights to successfully farm their land in a viable and managed way, without continual interference from unproductive legislation and unrealistic endangered species pressure.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

AUSTRALIAN WHEAT BOARD

36. That in view of the uncertainty over the future role of the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) caused by a wheat inquiry review this Conference confirms the National Party's continuing commitment to the AWB export monopoly and underwriting.

(Murray Divisional Council) CARRIED/LOST/AMENDED

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INCOME EQUALISATION DEPOSITS

30.

(a)

(b) (c) (d)

RURAL ADJUSTMENT SCHEME

31.

RURAL ADJUSTMENT SCHEME 32.

RURAL ADJUSTMENT SCHEME 33.

WHEAT POLICY 34. (a) (b)

RIGHT TO FARM

35.

AUSTRALIAN WHEAT BOARD 36.

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Indi Divisional Council,

National Party - Victoria) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

SUGAR INDUSTRY DEREGULATION

37. When in Government the National Party stop any further deregulation of the sugar industry and carry out a full investigation on tariffs.

(Dawson Divisional Council) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

DAIRY

38. That this Conference regrets the Labor Government's impending termination of the current milk levy arrangement for the dairy industry without the simultaneous introduction of a more "GATT acceptable" but otherwise equal scheme, and requires the Federal National Par-liamentary Party to ensure that any new scheme is equal and in place before the next dairy season in July 1995.

(Murray Divisional Council) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

CSIRO

39. That this Conference express concern at cutbacks to funding of rural research in CSIRO and in so doing :

(a) commend the Federal Coalition for convening a Senate Inquiry into all aspects of rural research conducted by CSIRO;

(b) call on the CSIRO to immediately reinstate rural research as a priority funding area;

(c) demand that in the National interest the Federal Government secure adequate funding for CSIRO rural research.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

ANTI-DUMPING LEGISLATION & COUNTERVAILING DUTIES

40. That the National Party seek to tighten anti-dumping legislation and countervailing duties as well as:

(a) shorten the period of time for cases to be heard; and

(b) introduce interim duties on prima facie evidence.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTS AND LABELLING

41. That this Federal Conference of the National Party supports legislation at both State and Federal level which accurately identifies Australian manufactured or grown produce, and accurately identifies the percentage of Australian content.

IMPORTED PRODUCTS

42. This Conference supports legislation to ensure that imports meet the same environmental standards as Australian products.

(Gippsland Divisional Council) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

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SUGAR INDUSTRY DEREGULATION

37.

DAIRY

38.

CSIRO

39.

(a)

(b) (c)

ANTI-DUMPING LEGISLATION & COUNTERVAILING DUTIES

40.

(a) (b)

AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTS AND LABELLING

41.

IMPORTED PRODUCTS

42.

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LANDCARE

43. That in recognising the important contribution the National Landcare Programme has made to reversing soil, land and water degredation and to promoting sustainable agricultural production systems, the National Party policy will be to:

(a) provide a major increase in funds for the National Landcare Programme over the next 10 years;

(b) revise the guidelines to allow for on-ground works in addition to community demonstra-tion projects;

(c) note that currently, incentives for landcare related activities are only available as deductions to taxable income, and that therefore other incentives such as carry forward tax credits must be introduced;

(d) ensure that monies under the National Landcare Programme are focused on, and targeted towards, on-ground and community projects and not used to finance State Government programmes that should properly be funded by the State.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

NATIONAL STONE FRUIT BODY

44. That the National Party of Australia supports the Western Australian Stone Fruit Growers in their opposition to the formation of a national stone fruit body and to incorporation into the Australian Horticultural Corporation.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

URANIUM MINING

45. Noting that the Northern Territory contains 20% of the world's known low cost uranium deposits, and expectations that the world uranium market will experience an upturn from 1996, this Conference calls on the Commonwealth Government to reverse its ideological opposition to new uranium mines in Australia and proceed forthwith to sanction the opening of new mines at Jabiluka and Koongarra in the Northern Territory.

(Northern Territory Country Liberal Party) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

COALITION POLICIES

46. That this Conference of the National Party calls upon National Party Parliamentarians not to pursue any joint Coalition policies in the lead up to the next Federal Election unless they guarantee:

(a) fair protection for all Australian industries against unfair international competition includ-ing the use of anti-dumping laws and, as a last resort, tariffs

(b) flat rate personal income tax as the ultimate goal of any taxation reform

(c) that until the implementation of Flat Rate Tax, income tax splitting between married couples should be allowed

(d) opposition to any attempt to curtail tobacco advertising and sponsorship of sports and the arts

(e) an economic and trade policy in which the concept of a "level playing field" in world trade not be allowed to be used to prevent protection of Australian industries against unfair international competition.

(Young National Party of Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

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LANDCARE

43.

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

NATIONAL STONE FRUIT BODY

44.

URANIUM MINING

45.

COALITION POLICIES

46.

(a)

(b) (c)

(d)

(e)

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ECONOMIC POLICY

47. That this Conference: 1. Recognise that the main issues that need to be corrected as soon as possible by economic policy include:

(a) the national debt

(b) the current account deficit

(c) the high level of unemployment

(d) the "selling off of the farm" being done to balance the current account deficit

(e) the growing and inexcusable poverty in both rural and urban areas. 2. Recognise that most of the above issues could be readily corrected by replacement of an appropriate proportion of imports with Australian made products - even if exports remain static. 3. Recognise that to achieve the necessary amount of import replacement, the essential

strategies have to include:

(a) imposition of adequate import tariffs on those imported goods and services that can be replaced with Australian made products;

(b) the provision of adequate investment and production incentives (mainly in the form of tax incentives on investment funds and profits), to enable Australian Industry to expand and competitively produce import replacement products;

(c) concurrent adoption of export enhancement and incentive policies to assist in achieving a current account surplus and reducing the national debt. 4. Recommend that a paper on this matter which has been forwarded to the Policy Review Committee (aimed at overcoming the above main issues of concern in the minimum of

time) be considered for National Party policy.

(National Party - South Australia) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

DEBT SUMMIT

48. That the National Party call for the establishment of a National Debt Summit to put forward solutions on the plight of primary producers and small business.

(Kennedy Divisional Council) CARRIED! LOST/AMENDED

COMMONWEALTH BONDS

49. That Australians should be encouraged to invest in Commonwealth bonds which are used to reduce the National Debt. Income from these bonds, at special interest rates should be tax exempt.

(Gippsland Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

50. That the National Party policy on capital gains tax provide for a sliding scale reduction from the date of property acquisition and cut out completely after five (5) years.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

51. That the National Party of Australia supports the amendment of the Federal Coalition taxation policy to abolish the Capital Gains Tax in favour of a speculative gains tax related to gains realised within five years of investment.

(Young National Party of Australia) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

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ECONOMIC POLICY

47. 1.

(a) (b) (c) (d) (e)

2.

3.

(a)

(b)

(c)

a.

DEBT SUMMIT 48.

COMMONWEALTH BONDS 49.

CAPITAL GAINS TAX 50.

CAPITAL GAINS TAX 51.

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FRINGE BENEFITS TAX

52. That the National Party revise the Fringe Benefits Tax to remove those provisions which unfairly target small business as well as removing application of the Fringe Benefits Tax to isolated and remote area industries.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

PROVISIONAL TAXATION

53. That as an incentive for the establishment of small business there should be a mechanism provided for the deferral of provisional tax for the first three years of operation.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST / AMENDED

SMALL BUSINESS TAX INSTALMENTS

54. That this Federal Conference calls upon the National Party to adopt as policy, as an initiative of significant assistance to small business, support for the re-introduction of the payment of tax by instalments (over at least a nine month period) for small businesses, rather than the up-front payment of tax in one lump sum.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

INCOME SPLITTING

55. That the National Party introduce income splitting for single income families as part of tax policy.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

DEATH TAX

56. That the National Party of Australia oppose the re-introduction of death duties or other forms of tax applicable at death.

(National Party - South Australia) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

PROVISIONAL TAX THRESHOLD

57. The threshold for provisional tax be raised from $1000 to $5000 and linked to the CPI increase.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

TAX CREDITS

58. That the National Party supports the policy of providing tax credits as a more realistic alternative incentive for low income farmers to implement essential farm sustainable agriculture policies and projects.

(Murray Divisional Council) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

INHERITANCE TAX

59. That this conference resist all moves to re-introduce an inheritance tax on estates of primary producers and small business passing to direct descendents.

(Gippsland Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

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FRINGE BENEFITS TAX

52.

PROVISIONAL TAXATION

53.

SMALL BUSINESS TAX INSTALMENTS

54.

INCOME SPLITTING

55.

DEATH TAX

56.

PROVISIONAL TAX THRESHOLD

57.

TAX CREDITS 58.

INHERITANCE TAX

59.

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RURAL OBSTETRIC SERVICES

74. That the Federal and State Governments work together to investigate the issue of profes-sional indemnity insurances for doctors in the obstetrics field, so that country practitioners are not precluded from practising obstetrics due to exorbitant insurance premiums, and that the State Government ensure the continuation of high quality obstetrics services to rural

NSW.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

CANCER SCREENING

75. That the National Partly calls for increased research funding for breast cancer from the Federal Government, directly and through tax incentives.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

MEDICARE

76. That the National Party: (a)policy platform on Health support the continuation of Medicare; and (b)support full tax deductibility of private health insurance contributions.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

77. That the National Party support the policy that subscriptions to Private Health Insurance should qualify as tax deductions.

(Murray Divisional Council) CARRIED/LOST/AMENDED

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

78. That the Private Health Insurance policies as proposed by the Coalition at the March 1993 Federal election be supported as National Party policy.

(Mallee Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

79. That the National Party urge that private health insurance be tax deductable (National Party - South Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

TAX DEDUCTIBILITY OF HEALTH COSTS

80. That this Conference call on the Federal Parliamentary Party to make every endeavour to have the Coalition Health Policy provide for the tax deductibility of the full cost of hospital, medical, dental and like costs.

(Fadden Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

HEALTH INITIATIVES

81. That the National Party support Health initiatives which include: (a) The Provision of a Medicare Office/Agent in all major towns (b) Clear labelling of all pharmaceuticals (c) Elimination of elective surgery waiting lists.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED! LOST / AMENDED

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RURAL OBSTETRIC SERVICES 74.

CANCER SCREENING 75.

MEDICARE 76. (a)policy platform on Health support the continuation of Medicare; and (b)support full tax deductibility of private health insurance contributions.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

77.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE 78.

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE 79.

TAX DEDUCTIBILITY OF HEALTH COSTS 80.

HEALTH INITIATIVES 81. (a) (b)

(c)

YEAR OF THE FAMILY

90. That in this Year of the Family, the National Party of Australia work in a positive way to re-establish the values of the traditional family by:

(a) raising the general perception of the importance and value of the mother and father in the bringing up of children, who are our country's greatest asset;

(b) working towards the goal of achieving income-sharing for taxation purposes in single-income married couples where one parent stays home to care for children;

(c) canvassing the establishment of some financial reward for either parent who leaves the workforce to care for their children and thus by their worthy action create job opportunities for our .young unemployed.

(Dawson Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

FAMILY LAW ACT

91. That the Family Law Act be amended to become the Family and Divorce Act. (Fairfax Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

AUSTUDY

92. That the National Party support the motion that Austudy payments should equal those payments made to recipients on unemployment benefits.

(Gippsland Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

AUSTUDY

93. That this Conference condem the Keating Labor Government's decision to withdraw Austudy allowances to students whose parents are Health Care Card holders and request the immediate reinstatement of this allowance.

(Women's Section - Queensland) CARRIED/LOST/AMENDED

ASSETS TEST FOR AUSTUDY

94. That where the family income is from fixed assets, the assets test be relaxed in assessing the eligibility for Austudy and only the income test be applied.

(Rankin Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST AMENDED

ASSETS TEST

95. That the National Party of Australia campaigns for the Federal Government to remove the assets test for Austudy and Social Security payments.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED! LOST/AMENDED

SELF FUNDED RETIREES

96. That the National Party of Australia support a policy which allows self funded retirees to be treated in the same way as pensioners for taxation purposes.

(Rankin Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

TAX WELFARE SYSTEM

97. In view of the Federal Coalition's current promise to develop a package of policies designed to improve the economic position of families with children compared to the rest of society, this Conference calls for reliance upon taxation reforms as the central feature of the policy package, in preference to any new system of direct welfare payments.

(Murray Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

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YEAR OF THE FAMILY

90.

(a)

(b)

(c)

FAMILY LAW ACT

91.

AUSTUDY 92.

AUSTUDY 93.

ASSETS TEST FOR AUSTUDY 94.

ASSETS TEST 95.

SELF FUNDED RETIREES 96.

TAX WELFARE SYSTEM 97.

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VETERANS' PENSIONS

98. That war veterans retain T.P.I. pension irrespective of age.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

CHILD CARE

99. That the National Party ensure that approved tax funded child care be equally available to all families.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

FAMILY ALLOWANCE

100. That the National Party support a policy which advocates a basic family allowance be paid to all Australian families, regardless of assets if they qualify under the income test.

(Kennedy Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

HOMEMAKERS ALLOWANCE

101. That the National Party of Australia support the payment of a Homemakers Allowance by the Federal Government sufficient to enable mothers and fathers of children to make an honest choice between paid work in the workforce or work in the home. The amount should be revenue neutral within reason i.e. not cost the taxpayers anymore than the existing child care system.

(Dawson Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

ALLOWANCE FOR HOME CHILD CARE

102. That the National Party support an allowance of sufficient size to allow mothers (partners) to remain at home to care for children. This would enable better parental care in the Year of the Family.

(Gippsland Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

HOMELESS YOUTH ALLOWANCE

103. That the National Party, recognising the adverse effects of the Allowance on family structures and on parental rights and responsibilities, adopt as policy the abolition of the Homeless Youth Allowance.

(McMillan Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

PENSIONERS' BANK ACCOUNTS - DEEMING RULES

104. That the National Party of Australia deplores the actions of the Federal Government in regard to its deeming rules as they apply to shares and savings bank accounts held by social security pensioners. Further, that tha National Party campaign to have the Government remove the deeming rules as they now stands.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

PENSIONER INCOME

105. That the National Partly support changes to the Social Security system with regard to pensioner income derived from shares and managed investments so that capital growth is not deemed as income for the purpose of means testing.

(National Party- NSW) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

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VETERANS' PENSIONS

98.

CHILD CARE 99.

FAMILY ALLOWANCE 100.

HOMEMAKERS ALLOWANCE 101.

ALLOWANCE FOR HOME CHILD CARE 102.

HOMELESS YOUTH ALLOWANCE 103.

PENSIONERS' BANK ACCOUNTS - DEEMING RULES 104.

PENSIONER INCOME 105.

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SOCIAL SECURITY IDENTIFICATION

106. That the National Party of Australia supports the introduction of photo identification cards for ALL recipients of social security in an attempt to prevent fraud.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

FAMILY REUNION PROGRAMME

107. That the "Family Reunion" programmes under the immigration legislation be tightened to reduce the excess number of unqualified migrants coming into Australia under these programmes.

(Gippsland Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

RURAL SUICIDES

108. That the National Party promote an inquiry into suicides in rural areas.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

USER PAYS

109. That this Conference calls on the Federal National Parliamentary Party to ensure "equitable" treatment for rural and regional people relative to urban Australians in any industry "user pays", welfare tests, and quality of life issues with particular reference to:

(a) Telecommunications

(b) Postal services

(c) Assets and income tests for education and welfare

(d) Money for roads and distribution of fuel excise

(e) Infrastructure capital and "user pays" criteria. eg: city projects versus irrigation systems.

(Murray Divisional Council) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

MIDDLE EAST

110. That the National Party Policy on the Middle East include: (a) Support for the Leaders of the State of Israel and the Palestinian people in their signing of the Declaration of Principle (DOP) on 13 September 1993. The National Party further supports DOP including the establishment of Palestinian autonomy within Israel. The

National Party calls forflexibility and goodwill on both sides to ensure sustainable peace including, eventually, the formation of a Palestinian State.

(b) A call for the Federal Government to provide true even-handedness in its approach to the Middle East, including an affirmation of its support for UN Resolution 425 which calls on Israel to withdraw from Southern Lebanon. At the same time the Government should support the call for the withdrawal of Syrian troops and recognise the need for true independence of Lebanon.

(Farrer Divisional Council) CARRIED! LOST / AMENDED

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

111. That the National Party call on the Australian Government to maintain sufficient defence capacity to respond to any proper invitation to fulfil a military role in our region.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED! LOST/ AMENDED

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SOCIAL SECURITY IDENTIFICATION

106.

FAMILY REUNION PROGRAMME 107.

RURAL SUICIDES 108.

USER PAYS 109.

(a) (b) (c) (d) (e)

MIDDLE EAST

110.

(a)

(b)

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

111.

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EAST TIMOR

112. That the National Pa rty of Australia requests the Federal Government to reverse its policy on East Timor by withdrawing recognition of Indonesian sovereignty in East Timor.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

ETHNIC VIOLENCE

113. That the Na tional Party deplores Australians of diverse ethnic background taking violent action in Australia in support of disputes in their country of origin.

(National Par ty - NSK) CARRIED! LOST/AMENDED

FOREIGN OWNERSHIP

114. That the National Party support the tightening of regula tions relating to the foreign ownership of agricultural land, by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

(National Party - NSWJ CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

DEFENCE BUDGET

115. That the National Party supports a minimum and predicatbie expenditure on Defence of 3% of the current GDP, and be maintained at this level, to keep an edge on our south east Asian counterpa rts who are engaging in an arms race, before Australia is left behind.

(Ferrer Electorate Council) CARRIED/LOST/AMENDED

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NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

116. That the Federal Government upgrade the Australian infrastructure including our port facilities, work practices and taxation system to make us more efficient in world trade.

(Ferrer Electorate Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMNENDED

TRANSPORT AND SHIPPING

117. That before taking the final step to abolish "cabotage" eve ry effort be made to improve the efficiency of Australian Coastal Shipping se rvices by continuing reform of the indust ry, which could remove the need to abolish "cabotage".

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

BASS STRAIT TRANSPORT SUBSIDY

118. That a travel subsidy be introduced by the Federal Government to enable persons crossing Bass Straight with vehicles to do so at a cost which reflects a comparison with vehicular traffic across mainland State borders.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

ALICE SPRINGS-DARWIN RAILWAY

119. That the Federal Government be required to construct, upgrade and maintain a north-south rail link between Alice Springs and Darwin.

(Ferrer Electorate Council) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

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EAST TIMOR

112.

ETHNIC VIOLENCE 113.

FOREIGN OWNERSHIP 114.

DEFENCE BUDGET 115.

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NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

116.

TRANSPORT AND SHIPPING 117.

BASS STRAIT TRANSPORT SUBSIDY 118.

ALICE SPRINGS-DARWIN RAILWAY 119.

NATIONAL RAIL POLICY

120. That the National Party Rail Policy include: (a) The retention of the Parkes-Broken Hill-Port Pirie rail link.

(b) The construction of a north-south rail link between Alice Springs and Darwin.

(c) The thorough investigation of the development of a national inland railway.

(d) The investigation into the feasibility of privatising selected rail links in NSW.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

NATIONAL RAIL POLICY - SOUTH AUSTRALIA

121. That in order to secure the efficient handling and transport of grain and other commodities in the future, the National Party of Australia support the following:

(a) standardisation of the railway lines from Wolseley to Mount Gambier and to the port of Portland;

(b) either standardisation of Murray Mallee lines or the placing of a third rail on the main line from Tailem Bend to Port Adelaide, and call upon the Federal Government to fulfil its obligations in this matter.

(National Party - South Australia) CARRIED/ LOST/AMENDED

FEDERAL AIRPORTS COMMISSION

122. That the National Party of Australia not support the proposed sale of Federal Airport Commission (FAC) Airports within the State of Tasmania unless guarantees are given that there will be no increases in costs of operations which will be reflected in higher fare and air freight costs to and from Tasmanian ports and that there will be no diminuation of existing

levels of safety, prodedures, service and equipment at FAC airports.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

MASCOT AIRPORT

123. That the National Party reject any transfer of NSW country commuter airlines away from Mascot.

(National Party - NS%) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

ROAD FUNDING

124. That the National Party deplores the reduction in money made available for roads and highways, considering the fact that efficient transport is so essential to Australian trade and commerce.

(National Party - South Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

ROAD FUNDING

125. That the National Party press for greater funding for rural roads, through the maintenance of the 3 x 3 program in NSW plus a greater Federal Government contribution including the return to the 1983 level (ie 63%) of the proportion of fuel excise allocated to roads.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

ROAD FUNDING

126 That this Conference calls on the Federal and State Governments to increase road funding to ensure safety and also take into account the economic benefits of local production.

(National Party - Victoria) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

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NATIONAL RAIL POLICY

120.

(a) (b) (c) (d)

NATIONAL RAIL POLICY - SOUTH AUSTRALIA

121.

(a)

(b)

FEDERAL AIRPORTS COMMISSION

122.

MASCOT AIRPORT

123.

ROAD FUNDING

124.

ROAD FUNDING

125.

ROAD FUNDING

126

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ROAD FUNDING

127. That the National Party of Australia strongly supports the Western Australian Minister for Transport's "Fix Australia - Fix the Roads" campaign to have an increased allocation per litre from revenue raised through the Federal Fuel Excise returned to the States for road funding and that the increase be introduced gradually as follows:

(a) the existing allocation of seven cents per litre be increased to ten cents in the first year;

(b) further increases of one cent per litre per year apply until a minimum of 50% of excise collected is returned to the States for roadwork; and

(c) that 'Black Spot' funding be re-introduced.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

NATIONAL HIGHWAY UPGRADING - SA

128. That this Conference calls upon the Federal Government to make funds available immedi-ately to upgrade the National Highway Number 1 from the Devils Elbow to the South Eastern Freeway.

(National Party - South Australia) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

FUEL TAX

129. That this Conference oppose an increase in fuel tax to fund a job creation measure as it is a discriminatory tax against regional Australia.

(Maranoa Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

UNLEADED FUEL

130. That the National Party call for the Federal Government to offer tax incentives for people to upgrade to unleaded vehicles.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

FUEL POLICY

131. That the National Party rectify the inequality of fuel prices in country areas.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED! LOST/ AMENDED

FUEL PRICES

132. That this Conference recognises the disadvantage to country people in particular, due to the big differences that occur from time to time in petrol prices, and supports the recommenda-tions of the Victorian Coalition Back Bench Petrol Pricing Committee to address this issue by the introduction of:

(a) Terminal Gate Access at the same price, (b) enforcement by a legislated Oil Code or similar means, (c) introduction of a "whistle blower" clause, under which large price variations can be called to account by a monitoring authority and seeks the co-operation by all State Governments and the Federal Government to achieve this objective.

(Indi Divisional Council) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

FREIGHT EQUALISATION SCHEME

133. That the Freight Equalisation Scheme continues to be supported by the Federal Government at existing or enhanced levels.

(National Party - Tasmania) CARRIED! LOST / AMENDED

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ROAD FUNDING

127.

(a)

(b)

(c)

NATIONAL HIGHWAY UPGRADING - SA

128.

FUEL TAX 129.

UNLEADED FUEL 130.

FUEL POLICY 131.

FUEL PRICES 132.

(a) (b) (c)

FREIGHT EQUALISATION SCHEME 133.

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FUEL TAXES

134. That this Conference rejects the increased taxes on leaded fuel on the basis that it is inequitable to owners of older vehicles, many of whom cannot afford a new vehicle or cannot convert to unleaded petrol, and that therefore the new taxes will not achieve their stated objective of limiting lead in the environment.

Further, that this Conference draws attention to the inconsistency of a tax on leaded petrol which ignores similar adverse environmental effects of unleaded petrol, and particularly notes that most of the Federal tax on petrol is paid direct to Consolidated Revenue.

(Indi Divisional Council) CARRIED/LOST/AMENDED

AUSTRALIA POST CHARGES

135. That Australia Post base its charges on weight and distance regardless of State boundaries.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

UNTIMED LOCAL CALLS

136 That this Conference calls for untimed local calls for subscribers in isolated areas to their main trading centre.

(National Party - Victoria) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

TELECOM LOCAL CALL CHARGES

137. That the National Party call for Telecom to expand the radius of local calls to 100 kilometres and that all subscribers have access to a local call to their nearest regional centre.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

CSIRO

138. That this Conference express concern at the cutbacks in funding for the CSIRO and the sale of the CSL in regard to the future of scientific research and development in this country.

(McMillan Divisional Council) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

CONSERVATION SUPPORT

139. That the National Party of Australia supports the introduction of a 120% tax deduction, or an equivalent tax credit, in the year of purchase, for the purchase of "NO TILLAGE", and that other conservation equipment and expenditure on other conservation measures should also qualify for a deduction or credit.

(National Party - Western Australia) CARRIED / LOST/ AMENDED

NATIONAL PARKS & WILDERNESS MANAGEMENT

140. That all Crown and Government owned land be subject to noxious weed and feral animal control.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED / LOST! AMENDED

RESEARCH PROJECTS

141. That the National Party call for a rationalisation of Federal and State Government research projects to prevent duplication.

(National Party - NSW) CARRIED! LOST! AMENDED

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FUEL TAXES

134.

AUSTRALIA POST CHARGES 135.

UNTIMED LOCAL CALLS 136

TELECOM LOCAL CALL CHARGES 137.

CSIRO 138.

CONSERVATION SUPPORT 139.

NATIONAL PARKS & WILDERNESS MANAGEMENT 140.

RESEARCH PROJECTS 141.

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