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OCTOBER 15, 16 AND 17, 1982



Introduction by the Parliamentary Leader

of the National Country Party of Australia ...................................... 3

Federal President's Report ...................................................................4-S

State Reports

New South Wales • ........................................................................... 6

Queensland................................................................................... 8

Victoria ........................................................................................ 10

South Australia ............................................................................. 12

Western Australian ........................................................................ 14

Women's Federal Council Report ........................................................... 16

Y.N.C.P. Report .................................................................................. 18

Federal Organisation ............................................................................ 20

Conference Programme ........................................................................22

Indexto Conference Resolutions ...........................................................23

Conference Resolutions .......................................................................... 24-29

Rules of Debate ................................................................................... 30

Standing Orders ................................................................................... 31

N.C.P. Directory .................................................................................. 33-40




Advancing Australia is the theme of our party's 1982 Federal Conference - and it is a theme of great importance to us all.

Current economic conditions have made it imperative for our party and all its members to ensure we continue working with maximum effectiveness to build this nation and serve its people.

There are new challenges facing the party, and we must be prepared to meet them.

They include changing patterns of growth and development, new pressures on employment and on the family, and continued international instability.

As well, we face continuing problems of industrial disruption and wage pressures, affecting our international competitiveness and thus our national prosperity.

Overshadowing and compounding all these things are the drought, and the low world prices and demand for the vital exports of our rural and mining industries, with all the hardship this means for people represented by our party.

Sound, constructive policies are needed, policies which take a long-term view and help all Australians.

Over its more than 60-year history, our party has shown that it can provide the policies and the leadership needed to advance Australia, in good times and bad.

This Federal Conference will play an important part in enabling our party to meet the new challenges of the 1980s.

It is the second Federal Conference to be organised, and I am sure it will maintain the high standard set by previous Conferences for forward-looking debate and resolutions.

I believe delegates will find the Conference programme and speakers interesting and stimulating, and it will be a valuable experience for all taking part.

I have pleasure in warmly welcoming all delegates and observers, and I hope that while Conference is-under way, Margot and I will be able to meet as many of you as possible.

Doug Anthony



It is with pleasure and justifiable pride that I report on our Party's activities since November 1981.

Not only federally, but also State by State, the National Country Party, the Country Liberal Party and the National Party have continued to contribute stability, basic clear thinking and a sense of dedication to the well-being of the community.

In the various Parliaments of the nation, the Party has continued its task of effectively carrying out the responsibility and authority entrusted to its represent-atives by the electorate.

Congratulations are due to the organisations of each of our affiliated bodies for the conduct of their Annual Conferences this year. The common thread running through each of them was a strong sense of purpose and direction, and confidence in their ability to get the job done.

The atmosphere among the delegates to the Conferences right throughout Australia provided a stimulating and encouraging indication of a strong motive force to provide the basis of our Federal organisation.

Our members in Federal Parliament have continued to contribute strength, stability and unity of purpose to the Government. Our Party is predictable - and proudly so. When a voter chooses us she or he chooses a tried and proven party with clearly identifiable goals. And that is what our members concern themselves with in Parliament. They do not waste their time and ours on leadership battles and faction feuds.

The operations of the Federal Secretariat received a set-back when Laurie Neal

was unable to take up his appointment as Federal Director, due to continuing ill-health.

The problem was solved in early May with the appointment of John Harvey - a most enthusiastic and efficient young man with a perceptive mind and a capacity for hard and effective work. John has settled into the job very quickly and for my part I have benefited from his assistance in the carrying out of my responsibilities. I am assured that our Federal Parliamentarians regard John's appointment as a great stride forward in the development and expansion of the work of our Federal


Last November Federal Council decided to form an Inland Water Resources Committee. This positive move reflected the continuing and increasing concern with the chronic problems of water conservation and efficient usage, with particular reference to the Murray-Darling River system. This Committee has met

twice to date and will soon bring forward some positive policy recommendations to assist in alleviating the present rapid deterioration of water supply.

This year's Federal Conference should be the first Federal Conference with a legitimate policy-making input. Constitutional alterations to provide for the role and structure of such a Conference are to be debated at Federal Council prior to Conference. As the recommended alterations put forward by Management Committee follow the guidelines stipulated by Federal Council, I predict that the adoption of these changes will provide the Party with clear and workable procedures for Federal policy formulation.

In response to the present uncertainties in the political climate Management Committee has set up a Federal Campaign Committee, to be an on-going working group preparing for the next Federal election. All State organisations are represented on this Committee and planning is well advanced.

For their assistance to me, and their work for the Party, I wish to record my sincere thanks to our Federal Leader Doug Anthony, our Secretary to Federal Council John England and our Treasurer. Hugh Rogers. Their ready assistance has been invaluable and John England's gracious support and meticulous work has been a true delight.

I have enjoyed working with my colleagues Marie Dilley, President of the Federal Women's Council, and Nigel Smith, Federal President of the Young National Country Party. These two have set a standard and pace which can only be of benefit to the Party.

I appreciate the assistance and courtesy of all our State organisations and our Parliamentarians. We are a great Australia-wide body only because of the high calibre of our people who dedicate themselves to the furtherance of our Party's objectives. I am convinced our Party stands on the threshold of an exciting period of expansion and increased influence on Australia's future.

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute what I can to this great Party.

Shirley McKerrow





Since the last meeting of Federal Council the NSW Party has changed its name. We are now the National Party. This change occurred at our 1982 Annual General Conference at Wagga Wagga. The vote was an overwhelming 80% in favour of the change and is evidence of the determination of our Party members to ensure the National Party progresses and grows.

The name change is the most obvious change in NSW but there have been several others.

The 1981 NSW State Election marked a critical point in our history. The Wran Labor Government introduced electoral laws which were to result in a redistribution which was to eliminate our party. The "new" boundaries eliminated six traditional country seats.

The challenge of this election welded our organisation. The results are history. Our vote increased. We have less seats but they weren't lost; they were eliminated.

The NSW Party proved it had the capacity to fight Labor on any grounds and win. We have a campaign capacity equal to any political party in Australia. This capacity comes from our organisational and administrative strength.

All present have heard about the NSW computer. It is the computer that has allowed us to build a cost effective sophisticated machine. We are well financed, have a large and rapidly expanding membership and a communication capacity not equalled by any other party.

Our organisation is . growing. We are recruiting new members- faster than at any other time in our sixty year history. This is in line with our philsophy - members everywhere to work and influence people, to support candidates and provide



Parliamentary Leader,

Leon Punch

We are the biggest political party in Australia with over 40,000 members and it is our aim to have 100,000 members.

While we have this as an organisational target our political objectives are now being given massive resources.

For the past two and a half years we have been laying foundations. This is now complete. We are now about to launch a campaign to become the most effective political machine in Australia. Our target is the Labor Party and we intend to destroy their public image.

We have the determination and the resources. The Wran Labor Government is in trouble and by the time we've finished they will be in opposition - despite the Labor gerrymander.

In coming months we will launch a Party magazine with an American style format and a series of newsletters. We will use these weapons to expose the weakness and corruption in the NSW ALP. Our targets won't be just Neville Wran and his henchmen but also the Federal Labor Party.

It is about time there was an effective counter to the ALP propaganda machine.

Our efforts won't be just criticism of Labor. We will promote National Party policies and initiatives. Far too long we have been almost anonymous. We need to be more vocal, more active and more effective.

Richard Killen




Under the leadership of Joh Bjelke-Petersen the past year has been one of consolidation for the Party in Queensland.

The National Party contested the 1982 Local Government Elections for the first time ever. The Party contested 6 wards in Brisbane City, and ran candidates in Logan City (South of Brisbane), Rockhampton and Townsville.

In Brisbane City although the Party polled 14.3% of the vote in the 5 wards it contested it did not win a ward. However, its preferences went strongly to the Liberal Party (89%) to assist it to win two wards. This was particularly significant

considering the Labor Party won the elections 11 wards to 10.

A National Party Alderman was elected in Logan City and Rockhampton.

This year's Annual Conference was attended by a record number of 620 delegates. Dame Beryl Beaurepaire, Chairwoman, National Women's Advisory Council and Victorian Liberal Executive Member, was the key-note speaker at the Women's Section Conference proceeding the main Conference. She criticised the decision of the Liberal Party State Convention in June to run a separate Senate ticket at the next Senate elections.

The Premier, the Hon. Joh Bjelke-Petersen officially opened the Conference and outlined the Party's strategy to the year 2000 and beyond. He also urged delegates to prepare for an early federal election.

The Hon. Ian Macphee, M.P. (Lib), Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations addressed the Conference on Australia's industrial situation and concentrated particularly on the demands by unions for a 38 hour week.



The Party's Federal Leader, the Rt. Hon. J.D. Anthony, delivered a key-note address to the Conference on Saturday morning launching a scathing attack on the ALP and the union movement.

On Sunday the Conference was addressed by David Trebeck, the Deputy Director of the National Farmer's Federation on the whole question of tariff reform.

As a general comment delegates geared themselves up for the possibility of a double dissolution at the end of the year.

The party has 25 policy committees corresponding with State and Federal Ministerial portfolios where feasible.

Committees which are particularly active include: Rural, Meat Industry, Industry and Commerce, Transport, Health, Tourism and Education.

Bob Sparkes

Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen meets the media.




The 1982 State election saw the National Party consolidate its position as a major force in Victorian politics. The number of seats held by the Party increased by one and the Party is now in a balance of power situation in the Legislative Council.

The Parliamentary Party, led by Mr. Peter Ross-Edwards is operating effectively and is playing a leading role in the Parliament. In the sensitive situation in the Upper House, the National Party Members have acted responsibly and will continue

to do so.

In the election campaign a strategy was followed of concentrating our efforts and resources in a limited number of key seats. The results obtained fully justified this approach. A similar strategy will be followed leading up to the next election and target electorates have already been identified.

One pleasing feature of this election was the support received from persons and organisations that had not previously supported the National Party. This support has again been evident during the leading role played by the Party - the successful campaign against the re-introduction of probate duty.

At the Federal level we have opened nominations in the seats already held and will be also contesting the Indi Electorate. The possibility of standing in some other electorates is under review. Our primary aim will be to ensure that the maximum

number of coalition members is returned in Victoria.

A pre-selection to choose a National Party candidate for the Senate is in progress.


Parliamentary Leader,

Peter Ross - Edwards

The election of the first Labor Government for twenty seven years has brought about a dramatic change in Victorian politics. The period that the Labor

Government remains in office will depend to some extent on the ability of the National and Liberal Parties to co-operate at Parliamentary and organisational levels.

In recent years, the Liberal Party had adopted an agressive, competitive attitude to the National Party. Continuation of this attitude will prolong Labor's reign in Victoria.

On the organisational side, the Party is in good shape. The financial situation after the election is satisfactory and will improve.

Membership of the Party has declined marginally. However, a well organised plan to increase membership is being undertaken and the initial results are very encouraging.

In conclusion, may I say that the Victorian branch is ready and willing to play its part in maintaining and developing the Party that has made such a great contribution on the State and Federal scene.

Stuart R. McDonald




It gives me great pleasure to report to you at this time the progress which our Branch of the Party has made during the last twelve months. Although not all of our moves have been up to expectations, some have been more successful than

could have been imagined. Even if we sometimes become frustrated at the turn of events in South Australian politics, when we reflect over the past twelve months, we can say with honesty that the Party in South Australia has made progress and we are well on our way to achieving an increase in electoral representation in the State Parliament.

This' year, our Party has embarked- on one of the most ambitious programmes ever undertaken since the organisation was revived in 1964. I refer to "Operation Branchout", our major fund-raising drive. The decision of our members to participate clearly indicates our desire to become a permanent force in South Australian politics. Like all political parties, one of the limiting factors in enabling our Party to be effective is lack of finance. Although Operation Branchout is not yet completed, we are well on our way to obtaining the finance necessary to give us the stability we need. It seems that we were unlucky in choosing a drought year for the start of our programme; however, I am confident that, as we gain more political representation, a snowballing effect will be felt in our fundraising.

Our decision to stand a candidate in the May by-election for the Assembly seat of Mitcham marked the beginning of our campaign to acheive a higher profile in S.A. politics. The Party obtained an enormous amount of publicity from the exercise, which won us many friends. Unfortunately, however, our Liberal friends gained no credibility at all. They attempted to "blame" the NCP for their loss because of the drift in our preferences.

In actual fact, the Liberals gained 45% of the primary vote and we received 4%. 4 plus 45 does not make 51 and the reality of the situation is that, in all probability, the Liberals gained more votes because of the people who followed our card and

gave their second preference to the Liberals rather than the Party from which they deflected, more votes than they would have gained if we'd not contested the seat.

The publicity which we gained from the exercise incresaed the sympathy within the Metropolitan area for our cause and amplified the disenchantment which many


people have with the two party system. As a result of the Mitcham by-election, and

for other reasons, it has been decided that we will run candidates in several outer-metropolitan seats. There are many reasons for embarking on this course, not the least of which is that we have good candidates who will espouse the National

Country Party philosophy in these electorates.

Secondly, it is of prime importance that we gain representation in both the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council. We must stand in as many seats as possible if we are to aggregate enough votes for a seat in the Council.

Thirdly, it is certain that, after the next election, there will be a redistribution of electoral boundaries and it is possible that a rural seat will be lost. We need to be looking to the future now - not waiting until after the event and then taking years to gain a foothold.

Fourthly, it is important, as far as we are concerned, to keep Labor out. The mere fact that we are standing in these seats will mean an increase in the non-Labor vote - and that is what we are all about.

As for the future - we believe that we are better prepared to fight this election than we have ever been. We have more candidates and have a real chance of increasing our political representation. We have worked very hard to ensure that the National Country Party of Australia remains a truly National party and whilst our financial position is still not strong, we are, strategically, in the best position for growth that we have ever enjoyed in our entire history.

I'd like to thank those of our friends from interstate for visiting us and assisting us over the past twelve months. We appreciate the interest you continue to have in us. We need all the help we can get - and if it's true that the Lord helps he who helps himself, then we'll increase by at least 100% the tenuous hold we have in South

Australian politics at the moment.

Wayne Murphy

Y Parliamentar Leader, _.:=

Peter Blacker




The last twelve months have been a period of rebuilding for the National Country Party in Western Australia. The Conference of 1981 was a survival conference when the Party had to make up its mind whether or not it could carry on. Financial

problems were our main enemy for even though a start had been made on increasing our membership we couldn't get in front of our overdraft. A major membership drive we started after the 198.1 conference with groups of members working in individual shires. - During the last twelve months subscriptions have increase by 230%, commissions have stayed stable but donations have greatly increased. All this has put the Party on a much sounder financial footing.

Since Ray McPharlin for Mt. Marshall has rejoined the National Country Party in Western Australia, the Party's image in the country areas has been improved, as well as it electoral chances in the 1983 elections.

Any move to change the name of the Federal National Country Party would be disastrous in Western Australia because the NationalParty have the registered name, we would have the ridiculous case of the affiliated party National Country Party of Western Australia not having the name and the renegade National Party having the federal name and not the affiliation.

The National Party in Western Australia now only have three MP's and one Tom McNeill, Upper West, has no chance of winning his seat. The best result the National Party could hope for after the 1983 elections would be two MP's and even one of those would appear to be vulnerable. We would implore the other States to not change the name of the Federal Party at this stage.

The confidence and enthusiasm of the lay party in Western Australia is high.


Our recent 1982 conference held on August 14 and 15 was most successful and

complimented by visitors from all affiliated states which was greatly appreciated. Conference dealt with 99 motions which showed the interest the party has in government policy. The atmosphere at the conference was excellent with a strong feeling of confidence in the future.

The business world has a great respect for the abilities of Dick Old and Peter Jones in Cabinet, in fact, our whole Parliamentary team is respected by the community in general. Financial support is forthcoming because of this.

The future looks much brighter in Western Australia for the National Country Party and its aim of once again having one rural based Party in that State. Once this is achieved, I believe we should have a strong chance of once again having Federal representation in Canberra.

John Paterson

Parliamentary Leader - Dick Old inspecting abattoirs in W.A.





Throughout the last twelve months the Women's Federal Council has contributed:-• to the Federal policy of our party through resolutions to Federal Council, • to our Federal Parliamentary Party through attendance at Federal Manage-ment meetings, correspondence, and discussions with parliamentarians, • to the Government\ through correspondence with Ministers based on

discussions and decisions taken at our last meeting, and • to the National Women's Advisory Council and other bodies through correspondence and attendance at seminars, conferences and meetings.

Our Council is made up of two delegates from each affiliated state; its Executive Officer is in attendance. Observers include our Immediate Past President and a representative from the Northern Territory. Parliamentarians and office bearers from the Federal Council are also welcome as observers.

Our meeting in November 1981 provided the basis for our work during the year. Information from all states in the form of reports, study papers, and resolutions highlighted matters of concern to the women of our party throughout Australia.

Resolutions were forwarded to the Federal Council on:-the problem of tree decline in rural areas and recommendations to help overcome this, • a request that more encouragement be given to the manufacture of cotton

goods in Australia because of the difficulty in obtaining pure cotton materials and clothes, the inadequacy of the social security system in meeting the genuine needs of Australian society within realistic economic bounds, and • the present critical position threatening accessibility to the Western nations

via the four sea channels of Panama, Suez, the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, and the sea channels to the north of Australia.


A letter was sent to the Federal Minister for Education expressing our concern

about the relatively low participation of girls and women in studies and careers that have a scientific or technological orientation. Appropriate Federal Ministers were written to as follows:-

. A request that the Federal Government upgrade and increase its financial commitment to, and its priority for, water resource development.

A ' request that the Federal Government reject, as inappropriate and unrealistic, the recommendations of the committee of enquiry set up to investigate the level and range of zone taxation allowances pertaining to

northern, western and inland areas.

Opposition to the introduction of sales tax on the basic necessities of clothing and footwear.

A suggestion that interest rates on home loans remain fixed at the rate current at the time of signing the contract.

That measures to encourage interstate and intrastate air-service usage in Australia be investigated to counteract the relatively low air-fares at present enticing many Australians to holiday abroad, rather than at home.

That the Federal Government should ensure that improved standards set for tampon manufacture should require the production of a more hygienic product.

The sponsorship of television programmes in prime viewing time by Telecom.

Submissions were prepared and sent to the National Women's Advisory Council on "Food and Nutrition" and "Paid Maternity Leave" based on information received from all states.

A working paper on Family Policy was prepared by the Queensland Women's Section at the request of Federal Management Committee and this has been distributed to all delegates for circulation and discussion.

The Women's Federal Council has been represented at all Federal Management Committee meetings and at all State Conferences during the year.

Marie Dilley




The past eleven months have been interesting and fruitful for the Young National Country Party of Australia.

New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria all held Annual Conferences. I attended the Queensland Silver Anniversary Conference in Mackay during May and the New South Wales Conference in Young during June. Both conferences drew large numbers to (at least part of) their conferences. Seventeen Queensland delegates travelled to the New South Wales Conference - that's dedication!

Victoria unfortunately held their Conference on the same weekend as Queensland (due to the Victorian elections) which made it impossible for me to attend. However, some New South Wales members did attend.

The South Australian Conference is to be held in early 1983, 1 understand, however confirmation is pending. The Western Australian Branch of the Party has begun its second year and is looking toward holding its first Conference in 1983. Their

Executive has begun working to a programme which will hopefully see them in a sound position next year.

I also attended the New South Wales, Queensland, South Australian and Western Australian National Country Party Conferences and found the Y.N.C.P. held in high regard in all states.

The future of the N.C.P. lies in the hands of those who work in and with the Y.N.C.P. across Australia. The Y.N.C.P. has shown itself to be not only loyal to the N.C.P. but as a responsible and forward thinking political organisation. We are proud of our autonomy but equally as proud of our affiliation with the N.C.P. and its leaders.


During the year I had a clash with the Young Liberal Movement regarding the

future of the National Country Party in Australia. It is the future of the Liberal Party that they should be looking at and the future of the close coalition relationship that has existed for 42 years of Federal Government in Australia.

The Y.N.C.P. supports the coalition in Australia and believes that it is the coalition that has given this nation its stability when it has been in power.

It would be remiss of me not to press a couple of Y.N.C.P. policies to the Federal Government at this time.

The first is the gradual reduction of tariffs so that Australian industry and consumers relying on imported goods are not penalised because of it.

The second to be brought to the attention of the Federal Government is for a single joint Commonwealth/State meat inspection service.

We also believe that all sales tax should be calculated on the value as at the point of production.

The opportunity arose during the year for me to attend a World Youth Leaders Congress in Jerusalem, Israel. However just prior to the date it was postponed and will possibly be held in early 1983.

Our Council is again organising a Federal Camp-in to be held in Dubbo in February 1983 following a N.S.W. State Council meeting. Arrangements are well under way for this event.

I must thank all States for their support to the Y.N.C.P. It is this support that recognises the importance of a young political party as the foundation of the N.C.P. in the future and resultantly the foundation of Australia's future


To our Federal Director John Harvey and to the staff of the Federal Secretariat, my thanks to you for your assistance.

Finally, Madam President my thanks to you for your support over the past year and my congratulations to you for the way in which you have pursued the position as Federal President of this great party, the National Country Party of Australia, over the past twelve months.

Nigel Smith




The Rt. Hon. J.D. Anthony Mrs. S.M. McKerrow

DEPUTY LEADER: The Rt. Hon. I. McC. Sinclair


VICE PRESIDENTS: Hon._ R. W. Killen (New South Wales) Sir Robert Sparkes (Queensland) Mr S.R. McDonald (Victoria) Mr W. Murphy (South Australia) Mr J. Paterson (Western Australia)




SECRETARY: Mr J. A. England





The Rt. Hon. J.D. Anthony, C.H., M.P., Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the National Country Party of Australia, Minister for Trade and Resources, Member for Richmond (NSW)

The Rt. Hon. I.McC. Sinclair, M.P., Deputy Leader of the National Council Party of Australia, Minister for Defence, Member for New England (NSW)

The Hon. P.J. Nixon, M.P., Minister for Primary Industry, Member for Gippsland (VIC)

The Hon. R.J. Hunt, M.P., Minister for Transport and Construction, Member for Gwydir (NSW)

The Hon. D.T. McVeigh, M.P., Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, Member for Darling Downs (QLD)

The Hon. D. Thomson, M.C., M.P., Minister for Science and Technology, Member for Leichhardt (QLD)



Mr P.C. Millar, M.P., Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees, Member for Wide Bay (QLD)

Mr B. Lloyd, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industry, Member for Murray (VIC)

Mr P.S. Fisher, M.P., Party Whip, Member for Mallee (VIC)

The Hon. A.E. Adermann, M.P., Member for Fisher (QLD)

Mr R.A. Braithwaite, M.P., Member for Dawson (QLD)

Mr I.M.D. Cameron, M.P., Member for Maranoa (QLD)

Mr D.B. Cowan, M.P., Member for Lyne (NSW)

Mr N.J. Hicks, M.P., Member for Riverina (NSW)

The Hon. R.C. Katter, M.P., Member for Kennedy (QLD)

Mr S. Lusher, M.P., Member for Hume (NSW)

Mr A.J. MacKenzie, M.P., Member for Calare (NSW)

Mr F.L. O'Keefe, M.P., Member for Paterson (NSW)

The Hon. I.L. Robinson, M.P., Member for Cowper (NSW)

Mr G.E.J. Tambling, M.P., Member for Northern Territory (NT)


Senator the Hon. D.B. Scott, Senator for New South Wales.

Senator S.J. Collard, Senator for Queensland.

Senator F.I. Bjelke-Petersen, Senator for Queensland.




Thursday, 14 October, 1982

10.00 a.m. Women's Federal Council

(Canberra Rex Hotel)

10.00 a.m. YNCP Federal Council

(NCP Secretariat)

Friday, 15 October, 1982

10.30 a.m. Federal Management Commitee

12.30 p.m. Business Lunch - Address by the

Rt Hon J.D. Anthony,,.CH,-MP

2.00 p.m. Federal Council

7.00 p.m. Registration of Delegates

8.00 p.m. Opening of Federal Conference

by Federal President

8.20 p.m. Guest Speaker - Sir Larry Lamb,

Editor-in-Chief, The Australian

9.00 p.m. State Reports, Women's Federal

Report and YNCP Report

10.00 p.m. Supper

Saturday, 16 October, 1982

8.00 a.m. Federal Council to Discuss

Party's Name Change

8.30 a.m. Registration of Delegates

9.30 a.m. Resolutions

12.00 noon Guest Speaker - Mr Peter Nolan,

Secretary of the ACTU

12.30 p.m. Lunch

2.00 p.m. Address by the

Rt Hon J.D. Anthony, CH, MP

2.30 p.m. Resolutions

3.30 p.m. Guest Speaker - Vera Randall,

Governing Director of Knitwit

4.15 p.m. Resolutions

6.00 p.m. Conference Adjourns

8.00 p.m. Conference Dinner

Sunday, 17 October, 1982

9.00 a.m. Parliamentary Question Time

10.00 a.m. Resolutions

11.30 a.m. Guest Speaker - His Excellency

Mr Robert D. Nesen Ambassador of the U.S.A.

12.15 p.m. Final Address by President

12.30 p.m. Lunch

Morning and Afternoon Tea to be served in the Foyer 22





SMALLBUSINESSES ................................................................................. 22

WATERRESOURCES ..................................................................................22

DEFENCEAND FOREIGN POLICY ............................................................ 22

TAXATION.............................................................................................. 23

INDUSTRIALRELATIONS .........................................................................23

TRADE..................................................................................................... 24

COMMUNICATIONS................................................................................. 25

PRIMARYINDUSTRY ............................................................................... 25

EDUCATION............................................................................................ 26

GOVERNMENT......................................................................................... 26

GENERAL................................................................................................ 27

FAMILY................................................................................................... 27

ABORIGINALAFFAIRS ............................................................................ 27





1. That the National Country Party request the Federal Government to examine ways of providing assistance to small businesses in order to assist the survival of this important sector of our economy during the present period of economic recession.



2. That this conference strongly urges the Federal Government to formally designate the Waite Agricultural Research Institute as a research school in the agricultural sciences and allocate funds accordingly.


3. That, in view of the fact that Australia is the driest island continent in the world, the National Country Party is determined to see a greater priority given to the conservation of Australia's limited water resources for domestic, agricultural and industrial purposes by: - the allocation of additional funds to the National Water Resources

Programme; - the diversion of coastal river systems in eastern Australia into inland water storages; - the continued construction of water storages in our river systems

generally; - the provision of generous taxation incentives for on-farm water conservation and drainage works; - the rehabilitation of the River Murray System and its associated irrigation

area, salinity and other water quality problems.



4. Having regard for the expansion of Soviet influence in the southern hemisphere, this Conference urges the Commonwealth Government to reconsider its approach to relations with the Government and people of South Africa.


i. That this Conference believes that the protection of Australia's large coastline, much of which is unpopulated and therefore vulnerable, be supplemented by a number of patrol boats, and that this is particularly relevant to W.A., where these patrol boats could .be built.


S. That the NCP ensure that the defence of Australia be upgraded in the interest of our national security and that foreign aid be selectively reduced until this is achieved. 24


7. That the National Country Party welcomes the visits of ships and aircraft from ANZUS and other friendly countries to Australian ports and airports, commends the Government for the stand it has taken to maintain our defence commitment, and condemns those who by their words or actions seek to undermine our regional defence arrangements.



8. That this Conference recommends that the National Country Party continue to press for the implementation of a flat 20% rate of income tax and that, following research, its introduction, if shown to be feasible, be part of the Party's policy for the next Federal election.


9. That the child minding expenses of working sole parents be tax deductible.


10. (a) That the National Country Party consider introducing a retired persons savings bond programme with tax free interest on deposits up to $50,000 in an endeavour to reduce the current practice followed by some people of depositing funds in non-interest bearing accounts, (e.g. cheque accounts, and that the money be used for housing).

(b) That in relation to retired persons living on fixed incomes the Government should investigate the feasibility of raising the taxable threshold for this group of people when wages are being raised to keep pace with the C.P.I.


11. That the Government not confine itself merely to "cuts" in personal income tax but that they should complete the re-writing and re-structuring of the Tax Act to remove the very many anomalies at present to be found in our income tax structure.



12. That the National Country Party call upon the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments to take stronger action on industrial disputes the extent of which are damaging Australia's export reliability and reputation.


13. That the Commonwealth Government seek the support of all State Governments in implementing the registration of all trade and industrial unions in-the ACT; then set up one industrial arbitration system for the whole of Australia.



14. We express our concern about the union interference in all industries and its effect on the economy and we believe that the Party urgently investigate the possibility of forming a National Industrial Relations Committee to formulate a suitable Industrial Relations policy based on justice to both management and the workers and that such a policy include a clause that no industrial dispute

be allowed to sabotage the security or the economy of our Nation.


15. That this Conference recommends that Trade Unions should be made legally and finacially responsible for the consequences of their actions within the context of the law as it now stands, particularly where industrial action is damaging Australia's export reliability and reputation.


16. That this Conference views with alarm the increasing tendency in this nation towards less and less working hours for higher and higher wages, with a consequent lowering of productivity at a rising cost, as this trend if unchecked will culminate in the collapse of the economy. Accordingly, this Conference urges both the State and Federal Governments to do all within their power to resist this trend. In the state sphere we urge the State Governments to: (a) maintain close and continuing consultation and co-ordination with the

Confederation of Industry and other relevant bodies to ensure that as far as possible fully co-ordinated and unified approach to all matters relating to employment conditions, especially working hours, as unilateral action by one body or another could undercut the position of the others and seriously impair the viability of the economy generally, (b) consider the publicly declared support of the Commonwealth Government

(indicated by the Minister for Industrial Relations on 30 April 1982) and resist pressures being exerted by the trade union movement for further reduction in working hours, in the absence of conclusive evidence and that such reduced working hours are economically and socially viable and justifiable.



17. That Conference opposes Trans-Tasman free trade of primary produce, particularly whilst the Australian dollar holds such a substantial premium over the value of the New Zealand dollar.


18. That the Federal Government be requested to gradually reduce tariffs and protection to prevent the current financial penalty being imposed on export producers and thus increase the efficiency, production and employment of viable Australian industries, and that the motor vehicle, footwear and textile

industries be returned to the index of reference for review by the Industries Assistance Commission.


19. That the National Country Party should pursue concrete reductions in protection of Australian industry. (Continued.)


In so doing it should be aware of the need for and vigorously promote

(1) general international reductions and in particular, reciprocal reductions by our major trading partners; (2) the outlawing of subsidised surpluses, distorting legitimate world trade and the most economic use of natural resources; (3) the use of tariff in industrial relations; (4) an avoidance of paranoia in the tariff debate, remembering the

protection of some Australian primary industries and the fact that 70% of imports are virtually free while Australian quotas are more generous than most around the world; (5) compensation where artificial trade barriers and local high cost

increments make Australian export industries non-competitive.



20. That in order to encourage decentralisation of Australia's population, industry and commerce, the National Country Party proposes uniform telephone charges throughout Australia.


21. That the Federal Government explore the Canadian system of telephone charges with a view to implementing such a system in Australia in an . effort to

reduce the cost burden of STD calls on non metropolitan people.



22. This Conference re-affirms its support for the unrestricted live sheep trade.


23. That there be no importation of live animal viruses until all parties interested in the proposal are satisfied. .


24. Bureau of Agricultural Economics indicators show that since mid 1960's farm costs have consistently risen faster than commodity prices, resulting in a serious down trend in farmers' terms of trade. This situation and the prediction that, in the long term, farm costs will continue to rise faster than commodity prices, whether inflation is high or low, emphasised the imperative

need for the introduction of a national strategy under which rural producers throughout Australia will be able to function profitably on a basis of equality with every other Australian. Consequently, this Conference views this need as a major importance in the national interest and directs the National Country Party Executive and Parliamentary Parties to take positive action, at Federal and State levels, to devise and implement national strategy for agriculture to achieve the abovementioned ends.



25. That this conference applauds research into diseases which affect Primary Industry but expresses grave doubts about the necessity of importing the live foot and mouth virus into Australia.


26. (a) That this Conference once more urges the Federal Government to refrain from introducing live foot and mouth virus into Australia.

(b) That as additional measures to prevent the introduction of foot and mouth disease and other exotic diseases there be increased surveillance at possible sources of introduction.

(c) That primary producers be paid adequate compensation for stock destroyed.


27. That this Conference recognising the importance of the sugar industry to Northern Australia, being aware of the serious downturn in sugar prices and the need to maintain a viable, efficient industry, requests the State and Federal Governments to give favourable consideration to any industry request aimed at reconstruction of short-term support in those areas where it is found necessary.



28. That the Conference condemn the recommendation of the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission to amalgamate the University of New England with the Armidale College of Advanced Education and urge all NCP Federal politicians to work to rescind the decision.


29. That the character and the range of separate tertiary courses provided by universities and colleges of advanced education be protected by adequate funding from Government.



W. That this Conference supports the holding of a referendum so tnat:

(1) the term of the House of Representatives could be extended to four years from the first meeting of the House, and no longer, but remain subject to the provision that it may be sooner dissolved by the Governor-General; and

(2) Section 24 of the Commonwealth Constitution could be amended to enable the number of members of the House of Representatives to be determined without regard to the number of Senators.




31. That the Commonwealth Government pass the Sex Discrimination Bill, 1981, recognising that Australian women suffer serious disadvantages in employment, education, accommodation, membership of licensed clubs banking, insurance, and to promote affirmative action programmes for women in employment.


32. That the Federal Government consider a national contributory superannuation scheme.



33. That a -family allowance capitalisation scheme be introduce in Australia.



34. This Conference expresses its concern at Federal policies on aborigines and suggests that a committee of enquiry be set up with terms of reference to include:

i The effect of Commonwealth Social Services on the aboriginal way of life.

ii The suspected misuse of funds for aboriginal projects.

iii To consider the advisability of establishing communities on pastoral leases.

iv To recommend no change in the Licensing Act in Aboriginal areas.

v To investigate ways to reduce State expenditure on essential services in aboriginal centres.

vi To consider education and employment issues.

vii Housing.



1. Debate shall proceed only by way of members speaking for or against motions put one at a time to the Chairman of the meeting.

2. Any member desiring to speak shall stand up and shall, on the Chairman's call, address the Chairman respectfully.

3. The mover of a motion shall not occupy more than three nor any other speaker more than two minutes.

4. No member may speak more than once to a question, except in explanation or reply.

5. A reply shall be allowed only to the member who has moved the original motion.

6. A member who formally seconds a motion or amendment without making a speech may speak in support at a subsequent stage of the debate.

7. No . speaker shall digress from the subject under discussion, and imputations or i mproper motives, and all personal reflections on members and the use of offensive or unbecoming words, shall be deemed disorderly.

8. Whenever the Chairman rises during debate, the member then speaking shall sit down.

9. No member shall interrupt another while speaking, except on a point or order.

10. Any member during the debate may raise a point of order, when the member then speaking shall sit down until the point of order has been decided. The member rising to a point of order shall state concisely the point of order and the Chairman, without further discussion, shall give his or her ruling which shall be final unless a motion of dissent is carried.

11. 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 concisely state his point. The seconder and the Chairman only may speak to the motion.

12. An amendment may be moved on any original motion. The first amendment to any motion shall normally be debated in conjunction with the 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 an amendment has been decided, a further amendment may be moved, which, if carried, shall in turn supersede the motion. If there be no amendment, the original motion shall be put after the mover has replied.

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

14. A delegate, other than the mover of the original motion, who has spoken to the original motion before the introduction of the amendment may be given permission to speak to the amendment provided he speaks only on the effect of the amendment on the motion. At the conclusion of the debate on the

motion and the first amendment, the mover of the original motion may exercise his only right of reply without closing the debate. The mover of the


original motion is entitled to speak to any subsequent amendment but he has

no special status.

15. At any time during the debate any member, who has not participated in the debate, may, without notice, move a variation in standing orders, for the meeting to go into committee or any usually accepted formal or procedural motion, and such motion, being duly seconded, shall then be put without debate. If carried, the mover of the substantive motion shall be called upon to reply and the question shall then be put to the vote; if lost the debate shall proceed.

16. A member may move the adjournment of the debate. If the motion be resolved in the negative, the mover shall not be allowed to speak again on the question under debate. If the motion be resolved in the affirmative the mover shall have the right of resuming the debate at the ensuing meeting. No member shall move the adjournment at the end of his speech.

17. At any time during the debate any member, who has not participated in the debate, may, without notice, move "That the question be now put," and such motion, being duly seconded, shall then be put without debate. If carried the mover of the substantive motion shall be called upon to reply and the question shall then be put to the vote; if lost the debate shall proceed.

18. Three consecutive speakers in the affirmative or in the negative shall close the debate.

19. Resolutions shall be decided by voice, or upon a show of hands. In the case of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

20. Any objection as to the validity of any vote must be made before the next business is proceeded with.

21. All matters not covered by these rules or procedure shall be determined according to the practice of Parliament.


(For Adoption)

The business programme shall generally follow the printed schedule

The rules of debate shall be those printed in the Agenda.

Conference may, at any time, agree to vary its standing orders or discuss its business in committee.

Except for formal motions all matters for discussion shall be submitted in writing to the Chair.

On rising to debate, speakers shall give their name and delegate status.

The mover of the original motion should be a delegate from the Branch or Council which submitted the motion to conference.

Delegates wishing to change the order of consideration of motions or wishing to bring forward a new motion, may express that wish from the floor of the Conference.








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Telephone (W)-(065) 523533, (H)-(065) 521303


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Telephone (098) 201082, (09) 3867831 ..

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