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THE NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

FEDERAL CONFERENCE 1989

Contents

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

STANDINGORDERS AND RULES OF DEBATE .......................................................... 2

MOTIONS: Economy, Finance, Taxation ............................................................................. 4

Trade, Resources and Energy ...........................................................................12

PrimaryIndustry .................................................................... .............................14

Forei gnAffairs and Defence ..............................................................................18

Businessand Industry ........................................................................................22

Government Administration, Constitutional, Legal, Electoral .........................24 NationalDevelopment ........................................................................................28

HumanResources ................................................................. .............................30

Health, Education and Welfare ......................................................................... 34

Research, Environment and Conservation ...................................................... 42

Media ................................................................................................................. 44

NationalParty .................................................................................................... 46

LIFT OUT: The Federal Parliamentary National Party Contact List

SECRETARIATS ............................................................................................................... 53

REGISTRATION BADGES:

Yellow: Delegates to Federal Council and Conference Green: Delegates to Federal Conference White: Observers

Blue: Staff

Cover Photo: Parliament House, Canberra. Taken by Robert Gardini, 062/823076

PROGRAMME

WEDNESDAY. 28 JUNE. 1989

9.O0am-5.00pm: Women's Federal Council

Room E, Country Comfort Inn (Old Parkroyal Hotel)

9.00am-5.00pm: Young National Party of Australia

Room A, Country Comfort Inn (Old Parkroyal Hotel)

2.00pm-6.00pm: Federal Finance Committee and Federal Campaign Committee Room 319, Canberra Rex Hotel

THURSDAY. 29 JUNE. 1

9.00am-12 Noon: Federal Management Committee

Conference Room, Canberra Rex Hotel

2.00pm-5.O0pm: Federal Council

Ballroom, Canberra Rex Hotel -Roll Call -Apologies -Adoption of Standing Orders and Agenda -Financial Statements -Administrative Resolutions -Resolutions for Federal Conference

FRIDAY. 30 JUNE.1989

9.00am-5.30pm: Federal Conference

Ballroom, Canberra Rex Hotel

9.00am: Delegates Assemble 9.05am: -Anthems; Prayers

-Roll Call -Apologies -Adoption of Standing Orders and Agenda 9.30am: Address by Stuart McDonald, Federal President of the

National Party of Australia -Presidents Reports -Resolutions

4.00pm-5.30pm: Senators' and Members' Forum

6.00pm-8.30pm: Senators' and Members' Cocktail Party

Ballroom, Country Comfort Inn (Old Parkroyal Hotel)

ATURDAY. 1 JULY. 19

9.00am-5.00pm: Federal Conference

-Resolutions -Address by Charles Blunt, MP Federal Leader of the National Party of Australia

7.00pm-12Midnight: Federal President's Dinner Dance, Great Hall, New Parliament House - Black Tie

SUNDAY, 2 JULY, 1989

9.00am-11.00am: Federal Conference

-Resolutions

11.00am-12Noon: Annual Federal Council

-Election of Office Bearers

STANDING ORDERS AND RULES OF DEBATE - For Adoption

Definition:

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

Order of Business

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:

(a) once on 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 present when 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.

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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 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 submis-sions 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 Standing 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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ECONOMY, FINANCE, TAXATION

SPLIT INCOME TAXATION:

That the National Party promote a "split income" taxation system which does not disadvantage single income families

(Victorian Central Council)

YOUTH SAVINGS SCHEME:

2 That when returned to office in Federal Government, legislation be introduced to implement a compulsory savings scheme for the youth of the nation to assist in reversing the detrimental effects on the economy attributable to con-sumerism.

(Herbert Divisional Council, Queensland)

PERSONAL SAVINGS:

3 That Federal National Party policy be enunciated to protect the purchasing power of savings placed on deposit with recognised insitutions and that Taxa-tion Policy does not unfairly penalise those earning interest on savings as opposed to other forms of investment.

(Fairfax Divisional Council, Queensland)

INCOME TAX

4 That the National Party take steps to increase the income tax threshold and to reduce the schedule rates and implement automatic adjustment with CPI.

(Lilley Divisional Council, Queensland)

EXCISE TAX AND CPI:

5 That this Conference request the Federal National Parry, on return to Govern-ment, to abolish the automatic tax increases in excise, as a result of being tied to the consumer price index.

(Moncrieff Divisional Council, Queensland)

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX:

6 The National Party of Australia introduce legislation to delete all non-essential items, e.g.: all alcohol and tobacco products, overseas travel, etc., from the list currently used to calculate the Consumer Price Index.

(Western Australian Central Council)

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CONSUMPTION TAX:

7 That this Conference endorse the policy of opposition to any form of consump-tion tax unless it is accompanied by a massive decrease in Federal Government expenditure and other taxation levels.

(Moncrieff Divisional Council, Queensland)

HOME MORTGAGES - TAX DEDUCTION:

8 That this Conference calls on the National Party of Australia upon return to Government, to introduce an income tax deduction for the interest on home mortgages for the principal place of residence.

(Young National Party of Australia)

TAX DEDUCTION OF HEALTH PREMIUMS:

9 That the National Party recommend that Private Health Insurance premiums become a tax deduction.

(Bendigo Federal Divisional Council, Victoria)

GRADUATE TAX:

10 That this Conference strongly oppose Labor's Graduate Tax and calls on the Federal National Party, as a low tax Party, to seek its abolition by a Coalition Government.

(Young National Party of Australia)

TAX FORMS

11 That the Social Service and Taxation Assessment Acts ,should be reviewed and the forms in use simplified, especially for those not submitting an "S" Return.

(Fairfax Divisional Council, Queensland)

TRADE DEFICIT

12 That this Conference express its deep concern at the extent and continuing nature of Australia's trade deficit.

(Victorian Central Council)

FAX INCENTIVES FOR EXPORT INDUSTRIES:

13 That the National Party seek greater tax incentives to encourage export in-dustries.

(Bendigo Federal Divisional Council, Victoria)

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INDIRECT TAX ON EXPORT INDUSTRIES:

14 That Australia's export and income competing industries be protected from State and Federal indirect taxation through a value added system of credits and thereby be more price competitive on international markets.

(New South Wales Central Council)

INTEREST RATES:

15A That this Conference oppose the increase in interest rates and condemn the Federal Government for their handling of the economy.

(Ma/lee Divisional Council, Victoria)

INTEREST RATES:

15B That the Federal Government's high interest rate regime be reversed and alternative monetary policies be adopted, reducing Government expenditure and reviewing priorities in line with the "Future Directions" document.

(Farrer Divisional Council, New South Wales)

AGRICULTURAL SALES TAX:

16 The National Party of Australia introduce legislation to provide the agriculture industry with generic exemption from sales tax in the same way as the mining industry, that is, similar to item 14 of the First Schedule of the Sales Tax Exemptions and Classifications Act.

(Western Australian Central Council)

CREDIT CARDS:

17 The National Party of Australia introduce legislation to increase the monthly minimum repayments on credit cards to 20% or more.

(Western Australian Central Council)

DUTY FREE ALLOWANCE:

18 That this Conference supports the raising of the Duty Free allowance from $400 to $2000.

(Young National Party of Australia)

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FOREIGN INVESTMENT

19A That while foreign investment in the development of the beef industry is wel-comed, such investment, particularly in feed lots and abattoirs, should be joint ventures which provide genuine reciprocal basis for investment by Australian companies in the prospective country.

(Murray Divisional Council, Victoria)

FOREIGN INVESTMENT REGISTER:

19B That a land register be set up for all foreign investments in Australia over one quarter of a million dollars.

(Giopsiand Federal Divisional Council, Victoria)

FOREIGN OWNERSHIP:

19C That this Conference actively oppose foreign ownership of freehold Australian properties.

(Victorian Central Council)

FOREIGN INVESTMENT:

19D That the National Party express concern at foreign countries monopolising particular industries and believe that foreign countries should be encouraged to diversify their investments.

(Victorian Central Council)

FOREIGN INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD:

19E That the National Party at State and Federal level show the strongest possible support for the operation of an effective Foreign Investment Review Board.

(Rankin Divisional Council, Queensland)

FOREIGN INVESTMENT REGISTER:

19F The National Party of Australia adopt as policy the necessity to establish a register of foreign equity in Australia so that foreign investment can be monitored.

(Western Australian Central Council)

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22- Draft Policy Position Papers

TRADE, RESOURCES AND ENERGY

AUSTRALIAN TRADE COMMISSION:

23 That a future Coalition Government should:

(a) disband the umbrella organisation which has assumed the name "Australian Trade Commission".

(b) return all essential functions associated with overseas trading and exporting to their previous decentralised powers, responsibility and accountability to the government and the private sector involved in overseas trading.

(c) redeploy any useful personnel in the central overseeing bureaucracy to form an independent trade advisory service without power over responsible trade func-tions and services.

(Ryan Divisional Council, Queensland)

TRADE:

24 The National Party of Australia investigate the possibility of barter trade with the Soviet and Eastern Bloc countries to offset their import costs involving our wheat produce, DAP and chemicals.

(Western Australian Central Council)

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URANIUM MINING AND EXPORT:

25 That this Conference accept the view that uranium mining and export under strict international safeguards, for peaceful purposes, is essential for the future development of cleaner and more efficient power; medical treatment and diag-nosis; and industrial and agricultural research.

Further, that this Conference accept the view that the mining and export of Australian uranium under strict international safeguards for peaceful purposes, can be undertaken in tandem with the objective of seeking world-wide nuclear arms reduction and that accordingly, the Conference calls on the Federal

National Party to adopt a policy which supports:

(a) continued strong support for a world-wide reduction in nuclear and convention-al arms and in particular support for the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

(b) continued mining and export of Australian uranium, on a non-discriminatory basis, for peaceful purposes under strict international safeguards

(c) the commissioning of a detailed feasibility study, including environmental con-siderations, into the establishment of a uranium enrichment facility in Australia.

(Federal Management Committee)

PALLADIUM:

26 That this Conference calls on the Government to ascertain all stocks and possible deposits of palladium and not allow any available stocks, prior to a further outcome from the recent discovery of the fusion reaction, to leave the country.

(Young National Party of Australia)

PRIMARY INDUSTRY

PRIMARY PRODUCTION TARIFFS AND TAXES

27 That the National Party use power in the Federal Parliament to progessively remove tariffs and taxes relevant to primary production.

(Mallee Divisional Council, Victoria)

WHEAT:

28A That the National Party support the retention of the Australian Wheat Board as the sole marketer of wheat in Australia.

(Victorian Central Council)

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WHEAT:

28B That the National Party expresses its strong support for retaining the role of the Australian Wheat Board, both export and domestic, and rejects the Kerin Plan and condemns those elements of the National Farmers' Federation which are supporting total deregulation against the wishes of the grain growers as ex-pressed through the Grains Council.

(Farrer Divisional Council, New South Wales)

WHEAT:

28C That the National Party view with extreme concern the move towards greater deregulation of marketing of wheat and as a Party we make a strong stand against further deregulation and ensure that growers maintain control of the Wheat Board.

(Farrer Divisional Council, New South Wales)

WHEAT:

28D That this conference reiterates and supports the stand taken by Senator Julian McGauran on his opposition to the deregulating of wheat marketing.

(Ma/lee Divisional Council, Victoria)

DAIRY INDUSTRY:

29 In view of the great uncertainty facing the Australian dairy industry with the Labor Government's acceleration of Closer Economic Relations (C.E.R.) with New Zealand to July 1990, and the termination of the existing market support levy in 1991, the National Party of Australia re-affirms the need for a suitably modified scheme to continue beyond that date to provide some stability in both the human consumption and manufacturing milk sectors.

(Murray Divisional Council, Victoria)

SUGAR EMBARGO:

30 That this Conference express its strongest opposition to the recent lifting of the embargo on sugar imported into Australia and requests the Party to oppose the measure in the strongest of terms and endeavour to have the Federal Opposi-tion agree to announce the re-imposition of the embargo on their attaining office and further, the Federal Opposition be asked in the strongest possible terms, when they attain Government, to put in place tariff protection to the extent of $200 per tonne of raw sugar and $150 per tonne of white sugar and this

protection to be reviewed periodically to ensure our sugar industry is protected and call upon National Party Senators to prevail upon Democrat and Liberal Senators to vote in the Senate against lifting the embargo.

(Queensland Central Council)

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FERTILISER DUMPING:

31 The National Party of Australia seek to change Government policy with regard to dumping of imported fertilisers, that is, to give Australian farmers access to fertiliser at world parity prices.

(Western Australian Central Council)

FORESTRY:

32 That this Conference supports the encouragement via taxation and other economic stimuli, of the establishment of eucalypt plantations on cleared land to eventually allow for the cessation of woodchip and lumber logging of native forests.

(Young National Party of Australia)

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34 - Reserved

35 - Draft Policy Position Papers

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENCE

SOUTH AFRICA:

36 That this Conference condemns the Federal Australian Labor Party's inequitable attitude to the South African issue and calls upon the next Federal Conservative Government to adopt a standard attitude towards all countries guilty of breaches of civil rights.

(Young National Party of Australia)

DEFENCE FORCES:

37 That the Federal National Party of Australia adopt a policy of growth, in real terms spending for the Defence Forces.

(Bendigo Federal Divisional Council, Victoria)

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DEFENCE:

38 That the National Party calls for the proper resourcing of the three defence forces and in particular the RAAF to enable it to adequately carry out surveil-lance of the northern coastline as an integral part of service operations and training.

(Farrer Divisional Council, New South Wales)

DEFENCE FORCES:

39A That this Conference:

(a) views with great concern the findings of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Australian Defence Force Wastage Rates which show the wastage of personnel leaving the forces has undermined experience and competence levels, and impacted on the capacity of the training and personnel management systems to maintain the forces' integrity at an enormous financial cost, and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to take immediate action to halt this wastage

(Ma/lee Divisional Council, Victoria)

DEFENCE FORCES PAY AND CONDITIONS:

39B That this Conference calls upon the Federal National Party Parliamentary Wing to use every endeavour to have pay conditions generally and equipment of defence services upgraded so as to provide for better defence force morale and increased enlistment levels.

(Queensland Central Council)

DEFENCE PERSONNEL:

39C That the conditions of defence personnel be improved and upgraded so as to stem the drastic loss of highly trained personnel over the past six years.

(Gippsland Federal Divisional Council, Victoria)

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ANZUS

40 That this Conference reaffirm the National Party's support for the maintenance of a viable ANZUS Treaty, in the interests of regional and national security.and that, in view of the New Zealand Labor Government's abrogation of its ANZUS obligations, the National Party of Australia on return to Government seek to

implement as a matter of urgency a policy which:

(a) seeks the reinstatement of a complete ANZUS alliance between Australia, New Zealand and the United States by taking all measures possible to have New Zealand reverse its present policies

(b) In the event of New Zealand remaining recalcitrant on the issue, ensures that a bilateral ANZUS-type relationship is maintained and strengthened between Australia and the United States

(c) maintains defence links with New Zealand and continues to press for New Zealand to re-enter ANZUS

(d) ensures the continued operation of Joint Australia/US Defence Facilities at Nurrungar, Pine Gap and North West Cape

(e) ensures continued access to suitable Australian ports and airports for ships and aircraft of friendly nations, particularly the United States, irrespective of whether they are nuclear powered or armed.

(Federal Management Committee)

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42- Draft Policy Position Papers

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES:

43 That this Conference request the Federal National Party to take immediate steps, on return to Government, to implement policy designed to improve Australia's international competitiveness in manufacturing industries, such policy to contain a means to improving productivity and utilisation of capital equipment.

(Lilley Divisional Council, Queensland)

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GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND INTERVENTION

44 That this Conference calls on the National Party in Government to immediately review, in conjunction with the States, all government regulation and interven-tion into the private sector, especially the small business sector, with the objective of simplifying it, reducing it, avoiding duplication and providing long-term consistency In policy.

(Federal Management Committee)

PRODUCT LIABILITY

45 That the National Party take urgent steps to block and reverse the proposed legislation pertaining to product liability and class actions.

(Lilley Divisional Council, Queensland)

46- Reserved

47- Draft Policy Position Papers

GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION, CONSTITUTION AL, LEGAL, ELECTORAL

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS:

48 That it be Party policy, immediately on return to Federal Government, to call a referendum to change the Australian Constitution so that treaties and agree-ments with foreign Governments and organisations cannot override the division of power as expressly provided under the Constitution.

(Queensland Central Council)

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE DEPARTMENTS:

49 That this conference call on the Federal Parliamentary National Party, on return to Government, to separate the Commonwealth Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade into two separate departments.

Further that the National Party ensure that maximum emphasis is placed on staffing these departments, both at home and overseas, so that our Foreign Affairs and Trade interests are represented in the most professional manner possible; and

That the Party review the positioning of Australian overseas trade offices, to ensure that they are stationed in areas which best meet our overseas trade interests.

(Federal Management Committee)

FEDERAL PARLIAMENTARY LEGISLATION - AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION:

50 The National Party of Australia support an amendment to the Federal Constitu-tion, by way of a referendum, to delete that particular sub-section of the present Constitution (Section 51) that gives power to the Federal Parliament to make laws for minority groups.

(Western Australian Central Council)

REVIEW OF ELECTORAL ACT:

51 That in order to reduce the number of informal votes at referendums and Parliamentary elections, the Electoral Act be amended so that:

(a) referendum questions should be answered by a 'Yes' or'No' only; and

(b) in Parliamentary elections only numerals be used.

(Kennedy Divisional Council, Queensland)

CORRUPTION - POLITICIANS:

52 That this Conference support the concept that politicians found guilty of corrup-tion lose their Government funded superannuation and pension entitlements.

(Young National Party of Australia)

COMPULSORY VOTING:

53 That compulsory voting be abolished

(Bourke Divisional Council, Victoria)

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Mr Charles Blunt, MP

Leader Phone: 062/77 4058

Mr Bruce Lloyd, MP Deputy Leader Phone: 062/77 4193

Senator John Stone Senate Leader Phone: 062/77 3244

Mr Ray Braithwaite, MP Phone: 062/77 4218

Mr Tim Fischer, MP Phone: 062/77 4243

Mr John Sharp, MP Phone: 062/77 4211

Mr Peter McGauran, MP Phone: 062/77 4361

Senator Ron Boswell Phone: 062/77 3848

Trade & Resources

Primary Industry

Finance

Community Services & Aged Care

Veterans' Affairs Deputy Manager, Opposition Business

Land Transport & Shipping

Science & Energy

Regional Development & External Territories

Mrs Virginia Armytage

Mr Aldo Borgu

THE NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

LEADERSHIP SHADOW MINISTERS MR CHARLES BLUNT, MP Leader of the National Party, Shadow Minister for Trade & Resources.

Member for Richmond, NSW Phone: 062/77 4058 Electorate Office:

Australian House, Wharf St., MURWILLUMBAH NSW 2484 Phone: 066/72 1077

MR BRUCE LLOYD, MP Deputy Leader of the National Party Shadow Minister for Primary Industry Member for Murray, Victoria

Phone: 062/77 4193 Electorate Office: 56 High St., SHEPPARTON, VIC. 3630

Phone: 058/21 5371

SENATOR JOHN STONE Leader in the Senate Shadow Minister for Finance Senator for Queensland

Phone: 062/ 77 3244 Electorate Office: Level 3, Westpac Building 77 The Esplanade, MOOLOOLABAH QLD 4557 Phone: 071/44 7999

OFFICE BEARERS

Federal President: Mr Stuart R. McDonald Federal Secretary:

Senior V-President: Mr John Paterson President W.F.C.:

Federal Treasurer: Hon Ralph Hunt President Y.N.P.A.:

Mr Sandy MacKenzie

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MR BRUCE LLOYD, MP Deputy Leader, Member for Murray, Shadow Minister for Primary Industry, Electorate Phone: 058/21 5371 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4193

Electorate Fax: 058/21 8429

THE FEDERAL PARLIAMENTARY

NATIONAL PARTY MR CHARLES BLUNT, MP Federal Leader, Member for Richmond, Shadow Minister for Trade & Resources,

Electorate Phone: 066/72 1077 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4058 Electorate Fax: 066/72 4808

SENATOR JOHN STONE, Senator for Queensland, Senate Leader, Shadow Minister for Finance, Electorate Phone: 071/44 7999 Canberra Phone: 062/77 3244 Electorate Fax: 071/44 7427

MR TIM FISCHER, MP Member for Farrer, Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs Deputy Manager of Opposition Business, Electorate Phone: 060/21 3264 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4243 Electorate Fax: 060/21 6620

MR PETER McGAURAN, MP Member for Gippsland, Shadow Minister for Science & Energy Electorate Phone: 051/44 6744 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4361 Electorate Fax: 051/44 3945

MR NOEL HICKS, MP Member for Riverina/Darling, National Party Whip, Electorate Phone: 069/62 5922 Canberra Phone: 062/72 4694 Party Room Fax: 062/77 2064 Electorate Fax: 069/62 7722

SENATOR GRANT TAMBLING, MP CLP Senator for Northern Territory, National Party Senate Whip Electorate Phone: 089/81 3567 Canberra Phone: 062/77 3444 Electorate Fax: 089/81 3022

MR RAY BRAITHWAITE, MP Member for Dawson, Shadow Minister for Community Services & Aged Care, Electorate Phone: 079/57 6411 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4218, Electorate Fax: 079/57 2136

MR JOHN SHARP, MP Member for Gilmore, Shadow Minister for Land Transport & Shipping, Electorate Phone: 048/21 1399 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4211 Electorate Fax: 048/21 9766

SENATOR RON BOSWELL, Senator for Queensland, Shadow Minister for Regional Development & External Territories,

Electorate Phone: 07/225 2880 I Canberra Phone: 062/77 3848 Electorate Fax: 07/229 9735

MR GARY NEHL, MP Member for Cowper, Deputy Whip, Electorate Phone: 066/52 6233 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4826 Electorate Fax: 066/52 5179

SENATOR DAVID BROWNHILL Senator for New South Wales, Parliamentary Secretary to Mr Blunt, Electorate Phone: 067/66 6998 Canberra Phone: 062/77 3705 Electorate Fax: 067/66 1498

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MR MICHAEL COBB, MP Member for Parkes, Electorate Phone: 068/82 0999 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4950 Electorate Fax: 068/82 9935

MR PETER FISHER, MP Member for Mallee, Electorate Phone: 050/32 4510 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4417, Electorate Fax: 050/32 9407

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RT HON IAN SINCLAIR, MP Member for New England Electorate Phone: 067/72 7688 Canberra Phone: 062/77 44064 Electorate Fax: 067/72 7575

HON BOB KATTER, MP Member for Kennedy, Electorate Phone: 077/43 3534 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4437 Electorate Fax: 077/43 0189

SENATOR LADY FLO BJELKE-PETERSEN, Senator for Queensland, Deputy Leader in the Senate, Electorate Phone: 07/221 2164 Canberra Phone: 062/77 3277 Electorate Fax: 07/229 3284

MR BRUCE COWAN, MP Member for Lyne, Electorate Phone: 065/52 5222 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4692 Electorate Fax: 065/52 5835

HON IAN ROBINSON, MP Member for Page, Electorate Phone: 066/42 1699 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4535 Electorate Fax: 066/42 7792

HON EVAN ADERMANN, MP Member for Fairfax, Electorate Phone: 071/41 3166 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4427 Electorate Fax: 071/41 2610

MR CLARRIE MILLAR, MP Member for Wide Bay, Electorate Phone: 071/21 2936 Canberra Phone: 062/77 5703 Electorate Fax: 071/22 3968

MR IAN CAMERON, MP Member for Maranoa, Electorate Phone: 076/62 2715 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4190 Electorate Fax: 076/62 4935

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SENATOR DR GLEN SHEIL, MR JOHN ANDERSON, MP SENATOR JULIAN McGAURAN Senator for Queensland, Member for Gwydir, Senator for Victoria, Electorate Phone: 075/92 1188 Electorate Phone: 067/42 3155 Electorate Phone: 03/614 3489 Canberra Phone: 062/77 3678 Canberra Phone: 062/77 4320. Canberra Phone: 062/77 3657 Electorate Fax: 075/50 1548 Electorate Fax: 067/42 1840 Electorate Fax: 03/614 2373

STATE PARLIAMENTARY LEADERS

QUEENSLAND: Telephone: 07/224 4500

Hon Mike Ahern, MLA, Premier Fax: 07/229 2990

NEW SOUTH WALES: Telephone: 02/230 2267

Hon Wal Murray, MLA, Deputy Premier Fax: 02/27 4715

VICTORIA: Telephone: 03/651 8524

Mr Pat McNamara, MLA Fax: 03/651 8474

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Telephone: 09/222 7405

Mr Hendy Cowan, MLA Fax: 09/321 6197

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Telephone: 08/237 9407

Mr Peter Blacker, MLA Fax: 08/211 7541

NORTHERN TERRITORY COUNTRY LIBERAL PARTY: Telephone: 089/89 6222 Hon Marshall Perron, MLA, Chief Minister Fax: 089/81 2415

SECRETARIATS

National Party of Australia — Federal Secretariat John McEwen House, National Circuit, BARTON, ACT 2600 Telephone: 062/73 3822

Facsimile: 062/73 1745

National Party of Australia — New South Wales 34 Hunter Street, SYDNEY, NSW 2000 Telephone: 02 /231 4377

Facsimile: 02/221 6151

National Party of Australia — Victoria 7th Floor, Farrer House 24 Collins Street,

MELBOURNE, VIC 3000 Telephone: 03/654 6588 Facsimile: 03/650 2525

National Party of Australia — Queensland 6 St. Pauls Terrace, SPRING HILL, OLD 4000 Telephone: 07/831 1949

Facsimile: 07/839 2802

National Party of Australia — Western Australia Suite 5/907 Canning Highway MOUNT PLEASANT, WA 6153 Telephone: 09/316 1044

Facsimile: 09/364 9962

National Party of Australia — South Australia 2nd Floor, Aston House 13 Leigh Street,

ADELAIDE, SA 5000 Telephone: 08/ 211 7061

Northern Territory Country Liberal Party 107 Wood Street DARWIN, NT 0801 Telephone: 089/81 8986

Facsimile: 089/81 4226

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TELECOM:

57 That the National Party of Australia draft legislation compelling Telecom to install meters on all telephones, where requested, the meters being visible to the user, and all charges be rendered in accordance with the reading of the meter.

(Western Australian Central Council)

TELECOM AND AUSTRALIA POST - COMPETITION

58 That the National Party of Australia support the opening up of Telecom and Australia Post to increased commercial competition, where appropriate, provid-ing:

(a) there is no threat to the standard of service provided, particularly in rural and remote areas, and

(b) the job security of Telecom and Australia Post employees is properly con-sidered.

(Federal Management Committee)

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HUMAN RESOURCES

ATSIC:

61A That this Conference rejects in total, the concept of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), and places on record its opposition to establishing any racially based quasi Parliament.

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FAMILIES:

63 That greater financial, taxation and welfare assistance be granted to Australian married couples to encourage the raising of their families.

(Victorian Central Council)

VIDEO VIOLENCE:

64 That the- National Party support a national approach in restricting access by a minor to inappropriate violence and explicit sex and brutality on video material.

(Victorian Central Council)

HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE

HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CARE:

65 That this Conference request the Federal Government to implement a fairer system of health payments for hospital and medical care.

(Ma/lee Divisional Council, Victoria)

HEALTH INSURANCE:

66 That the National Party recommend that Private Health Insurance becomes a tax deduction.

(Bend/go Divisional Council, Victoria)

MAMMOGRAPHY SERVICE:

67A That this Conference, recognising the value of women, urges the Federal Coalition when it attains power to provide a mammography service totally covered by Medicare, or its successor, and will publicise the service and encourage women to use it."

(Fisher Divisional Council, Queensland)

MAMMOGRAPHY TESTS FOR WOMEN:

67B That as a matter of urgency a National/Liberal Government include as part of its national health programme, mammography tests freely available to all women.

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MEDICAL RESEARCH:

68 That the National Party push for extra Federal funding for research annually with $1 million being allocated to each of the following:

(a) Ross River Virus

(b) Arbo Encephalitis

(c) Cot Death Syndrome

(d) Life Education Units

(Farrer Divisional Council, New South Wales)

AIDS:

69 That this Conference deplores the ineffectiveness of Labor's AIDS awareness campaign and calls on the National Party of Australia to support a campaign which:

(a) recognises that 91 % of AIDS cases are the result of homosexual relationships, 8% of drug related causes, and 1% of other causes,

(b) accordingly targets AIDS awareness campaigns in a more effective manner, and

(c) maintains adequate funding levels to ensure the success of such targetet campaigns and AIDS research activity.

(Federal Management Committee)

CONTROL OF PHARMACY PROFESSION:

70 That this Conference requests the Federal National Party of Australia to formu-late a policy and legislate accordingly, when in Government, to ensure:

(a) that Commonwealth power over the pharmacy profession and its activities be restricted to those currently within the pharmaceutical benefits scheme under the National Health Act.

(b) that control over all aspects of the pharmacy profession and its activities remain vested in the State Legislatures with the exception of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme as it now stands.

(Hinkler Divisional Council, Queensland)

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PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS CUTS:

71 That this Conference condemn the Federal Labor Government for its consistent cuts in funding to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme over the past six years, because such cuts have undermined the quality of health services, increased costs to people, particularly pensioners, and threatened the viability of many chemists, especially in country areas.

Further, that the Federal Parliamentary National Party, on return to Govern-ment, support policies which will reverse Labor's trends and provide long-term certainty to the funding and operation of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

(Federal Management Committee)

TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR COUNTRY RESIDENTS:

72 That this Conference urge the Federal Government Departments respon-sible for taxation and Medicare to provide a toll-free number for country residents who are not served by a local departmental office.

(Queensland Central Council)

AUSTUDY:

73A That the National Party endeavour to see all asset related tests in regard in AUSTUDY, deleted.

(Mallee Divisional Council, Victoria)

AUSTUDY:

73B That the National Party on returning to Government through Coalition, abolish the assets test on AUSTUDY, and make education a priority.

(Farrer Divisional Council, New South Wales)

ASSET TESTING:

74 That this Conference strongly objects to asset testing of AUSTUDY,, Isolated Children's and Family Allowances as outlined in the recent Federal budget.

(Queensland Central Council)

AGE PENSIONS:

75 The National Party of Australia support old age pensions being available to any Australian citizen over the age of 65, irrespective of the assets they possess.

(Western Australian Central Council)

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VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS:

76 That immediate action be taken to incorporate merchant naval personnel in the Veterans' Entitlements Act where those personnel served in World War II and other conflicts covered by repatriation legislation.

(Ferrer Divisional Council, New South Wales)

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:

77A That people on unemployment benefits work for that benefit.

(Gippsland Federal Divisional Council, Victoria)

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS QUALIFICATION:

77B That, whilst recognising the need of the community to support members who are, through no fault of their own, unable to find remunerative work to support themselves and their families, the National Party of Australia expresses its belief that:

(a) People in receipt of unemployment benefits should be given an option initially, and after a period of grace, be required to do community work in exchange for this support;

(b) Such work should be commensurate with the skills of unemployed workers with different programmes catering for the various age groups; and

(c) Work with the many voluntary organisations that are so important a part of our society and should be especially encouraged in this regard.

(Queensland Central Council)

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RESEARCH, ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION

DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH OF ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE:

80 That this Conference requests the Federal National Party of Australia to initiate a policy which supports the development and research of ecological agricul-ture.

(Hinkler Divisional Council, Queensland)

CSIRO:

81 That increased funding be made available to the CSIRO to enable the further employment of scientists to promote projects benefiting Australian Industry and Agriculture.

(Farrer Divisional Council, New South Wales)

CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS (CFC):

82 That this Conference calls for:

(a) a phased ban on the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's) in pressure pack cans.

(b) a freeze on production of CFCs at current levels, with the aim of a total ban within five years.

(c) compulsory recycling and reclamation technologies wherever possible.

(d) global introduction of these strategies by local promotion.

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NATIONAL LAND INVENTORY:

83 That a comprehensive National Land Inventory be established by State and Federal Governments and form the basis for all future environmental planning.

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SALINITY:

84 That this Conference resolve to include the following statement in its policy platform:

(a) that the salinity problem of the Murray Darling Basin is one of the most critical issues facing rural Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

(b) that the National Party resolves to set a priority to determine an immediate strategy to find a sustainable solution which is to be implemented in the next ten years.

(c) that, as a step toward determining a solution, the National Party add its imme-diate support for the undertaking of a feasibility study to examine methods of disposal of saline effluent to the sea in accordance with a brief prepared by the Kerang Lakes Area working group.

(d) that the National Party actively encourages the inclusion of independent experts in the above assessment to ensure that advantage is taken of all available expertise.

Further, that this Conference resolve to recommend to State Conferences of the National Party in New South Wales and South Australia, the inclusion of this statement to ensure a united direction is taken in the resolution of the salinity

problem of the Murray Darling Basin.

(Mallee Divisional Council, Victoria)

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86 - Draft Policy Discussion Papers

MEDIA

ABC CUTS:

87 That this Conference opposes funding cuts to the ABC especially where regional and rural services may be decreased and where news services are nationalised instead of state based.

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MEDIA:

88 That a media 'fairness doctrine" similar to that which applies in the USA be legislated by the Coalition on return to Government.

(New South Wales Central Council)

NATIONAL PARTY

NATIONAL PARTY LOGO:

89 The National Party of Australia take action to adopt a common logo acceptable to all State Branches.

(Western Australian Central Council)

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TARIATS

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National Party of Australia — Federal Secretariat John McEwen House National Circuit

BARTON A.C.T. 2600 Telephone: (062) 73 3822 Fax: (062) 73 1745

National Party of Australia — New South Wales 34 Hunter Street, SYDNEY N.S.W. 2000 Telephone: (02) 231 4377 Fax: (02) 221 6151

National Party of Australia — Queensland 6 St Pauls Terrace SPRING HILL QLD 4000 Telephone: (07) 831 1949 Fax: (07) 839 2802

National Party of Australia — Victoria 7th Floor, Farrer House 24 Collins Street MELBOURNE VIC. 3000 Telephone: (03) 654 6588 Fax: (03) 650 2525

National Party of Australia — South Australia 2nd Floor, Aston House 13 Leigh Street ADELAIDE S.A. 5000

National Party of Australia — Western Australia 5/907 Canning Highway MT. PLEASANT, W.A. 6153 Telephone: (09) 316 1044 Fax: (09) 364 9962

Country Liberal Party — Northern Territory 107 Wood Street DARWIN N.T. 5790 Telephone: (089) 81 8986 Fax: (089) 81 4226

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