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=Py Vp ,RTYo X-16' of Australia Federal Council 1999Federal Management Committee Federal Management:

Federal President Mr Don McDonald, OBE

Senior Vice President & Chairman, National Party — New South Wales Mrs Helen Dickie

Federal Leader Hon John Anderson, MP

Deputy Leader Hon Mark Vaile, MP

Senate Leader Senator the Hon Ron Boswell

Federal Treasurer Hon Ralph Hunt, AO

Federal Secretary Mr Sandy MacKenzie

President, Women's Federal Council Mrs Karolee Wolcott

Acting President, Young National Party of Australia Mr Anthony Futia

President, National Party — Victoria Mr Brian O'Sullivan

President, National Party -Queensland Mr Terry Bolger

President, National Party — W.A. Hon Dexter Davies, MLC

President, National Party — S.A.: Mr Terry Mullin

President, NTCLP Mrs Suzanne Cavanagh

Chairman, Policy Review Committee Mr David Russell

Immediate Past President John Paterson

Don McDonald, OBE

Federal President National Party of Australia

Helen Dickie

Senior-Vice President Chairman, National Party—NSW

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x Federal Parliamentary Team

Hon John Anderson MPDeputy Prime MinisterLeader of the National PartyMinister for Transport &Regional ServicesMember for Gwydir - NSW

Hon Larry Anthony MP Minister for Community Services Member for Richmond - NSW

Hon Mark Vaile MP Deputy Leader of the National Party Minister for Trade Member for Lyne - NSW

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Senator the Hon. Ron Boswell Senate Leader Part. Sec. to the Minister

for Transport and Regional Services Senator for Qld

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Hon. Warren Truss MP Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry -Australia

Member for Wide Bay - Qld

Senator the Hon. Grant Tambling Part. Sec. to the Minister for Health and Aged Care

NTCLP, Senator for the Northern Territory

Hon Peter McGauran MP Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation Member for Gippsland - Vic

Hon Tim Fischer MP Member for Farrer - NSW

Hon Bruce Scott MP Minister assisting the Minister for Defence and Minister for Veterans Affairs

Member for Maranoa - Qld

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Mr. Garry Nehl MPDeputy Speaker of the House ofRepresentativesMember for Cowper- NSW

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Mr. John Forrest MP Chief National Party Whip Member for Mallee - Vic

Mr. Paul Neville MP National Party Whip Member for Hinlder - Old

Hon Bob Katter MP Member for Kennedy - Qld Hon Ian Causley MP Member for Page - NSW

Mrs De-Anne Kelly MP Member for Dawson - Qld

Mr. Tony Lawler MP Member for Parkes - NSW

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Mrs Kay Hul MPMember forRiverina - NSWMr. Stuart St Clair MPMember for New England - NSWSenator the HonDavid Brownhill Deputy Senate LeaderSenator for NSWSenator Julian McGauranSenate WhipSenator for Vic

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m ional of Australia Federal Council 1999PROGRAM .................................................................................................................................1RECOMMENDATIONS .............................................................................................................11. DELEGATE REGISTRATION .......................................................................................... 12. ADOPTION OF AGENDA ................................................................................................14. : Re istration 3. ADOPTION OF STANDING ORDERS AND RULES OF DEBATE ................................... 1 9 OBSERVERS REGISTRATfON ...................................................................................... 1(Name Tags) 5. MEDIA ATTENDANCE .................................................................................................... 1MOTIONS .................................................................................................................................. 2PARTY CONSTITUTION:Fl MederalManagement1 •SPECIAL MEETINGS OF FEDERAL COUNCIL .............................................................. 2 AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION AND NATIVE TITLE: Delegate 2. REPUBLIC REFERENDUM ............................................................................................. 2 3. CONSTITUTION .............................................................................................................. 24. STATEHOOD FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY ........................................................ 3FederalCouncil 5. NATIVE TITLE CLAIMS ................................................................................................... 3Delegates 6. NATIVE TITLE ................................................................................................................. 3 7. RIGHT TO GOVERN ....................................................................................................... 48. PARLIAMENTARY REPRESENTATION ......................................................................... 4Corporate Observers TRADE: AND COMPETITION: ^P 9. AUSTRALIAN LAMB EXPORTS TO USA ........................................................................ 510. RETAIL FOOD TRADE .................................................................................................... 511. QUARANTINE STANDARDS .......................................................................................... 5Observers 12. RALPH COMMITTEE ...................................................................................................... 5 13. NATIONAL COMPETITION POLICY ............................................................................... 5TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE:Diplomatic Observers p om 14. MASCOT AIRPORT - REGIONAL AIRLINE DELAYS ...................................................... 6 15. REGIONAL POLICY REVIEW ......................................................................................... 616. REGIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS ........................................................................... 61 It 17. WATER USE POLICY ..................................................................................................... 6Staff 18. ISDN CAPACITY OPTIC FIBRE CABLING ...................................................................... 7FINANCE:19. TELECOMMUNICATIONS COSTS .................................................................................. 720. GST CHANGEOVER COSTS .......................................................................................... 7 Late Motions: 21. ZONE ALLOWANCE ....................................................................................................... 7 Motionsfrom Women's 22. ZONAL TAX ALLOWANCES ........................................................................................... 7 FederalCouncil and the 23. WINE EQUALISATION TAX ............................................................................................ 8 Youn g National Party 24. WINE EQUALISATION TAX (W.E.T.) .............................................................................. 8 Federal Council will be 25. GRANT COMMISSION FUNDING ....................... . 8 ........................................................... submittedat the 26. TRANSFER PRICING AND MONOPOLIES ..................................................................... 8 conclusion of theirmeetings on Friday 10 PRIMARY INDUSTRIES:September. 27. GENE TECHNOLOGY ..................................................................................................... 9 28. LIVESTOCK UNDERPASSES ......................................................................................... 9Urgent Motions: INTERNATIONALUrgentmotions should be 29. WORKING VISAS ............................................................................. ........ ..... 9submittedin a form that 30. ISRAEL - ARAB NATIONS - BILATERAL AFFAIRS ......................................................... 9will permit them to be FAMILY, HEALTH AND WELFARE: displayed by overhead 31. FAMILY LAW .................... projection. 32. MAIL ORDER PHARMACY . ....................................................................................... .. . 1133. WELFARE PAYMENTS ................................................................. ............................... 11 Pleasehave proposed 34.PENS IONS .................................................................................................................... 12 urgent motions and 35. PRESCRIPTIONS ................... amendments lodged with 36. MEDICAL REGISTRATION 1 EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS ............... .... """" """ 12 the Secretariat desk prior 37. DOCTORS ..................................................................................................................... 12 to their being proposed on 38. MEDICARE REBATES ........... ......... ............................... ...... ..... . .............................. ... 12 the Council floor. 39. SPECIALIST SERVICES ............................................................................................... 1340. FEMALE DOCTORS ...................................................................................................... 1341. AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR REMOTE & RURAL MEDICINE ...................................... 1342. NURSE PRACTITIONERS ............................................................................................ 1443. HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TRAINING ........................................................................ 1444. SURGERY ASSISTANCE COSTS ................................................................................ 1545. WORKING CONDITIONS .............................................................................................. 1546. ATTRACTING STUDENTS TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ................................... 16STANDINGORDERS .............................................................................................................. 17MINUTESOF LAST FEDERAL COUNCIL .............................................................................. 19NATIONALPARTY FEDERAL CONSTITUTION .................................................................... 30

Program

. . I ii va II - .1iiiiii .. . I!IJ 8.30am-3.30pm Federal Management Committee Lake Geneva Room 9am-5pm Women's Federal Council Lake Hakone Room 9am-5pm Young Nationals' Federal Council Lake Nyanza Room 4pm-5.30pm Board of John McEwen House Lake Geneva Room 6.15pm-8.30pm Cocktail train ride The Final Farewell Kingston railway station toTim Fischer Express Bungendore and back.Buses to the train will be at reception at 5.50pm. Cost $8 return - please pay when boarding. Busesto bring passengers back to the hotel will be at the station between 8.3Opm and 9pm.Saturday - ` . • • • OFFICES AND LOUNGES: These will operate on Saturday and Sunday of Federal CouncilFederal Secretariat Lake Titicaca RoomCorporate Lounge Lake Nyanza/Geneva RoomMedia Lounge Lake Hakone RoomCoffee & Tea Served in the foyer as a continuous urn.Sam Early registration - Council Foyer9am Federal Council - Great Lakes Ballroom• Opening and National Anthem• Address to Council by Federal PresidentMr. Don McDonald OBE• Recommendations and Standing Orders• Adoption of Minutes of last meeting• Tabling of Reports from States• Tabling of Reports from Women's Federal Council and YoungNationals• Resolutions10.30am • Address to Council by Federal LeaderThe Hon. John Anderson, MPDeputy Prime Minister of AustraliaMinister for Transport and Regional Services12.30pm • Lunch1.30pm • Resolutions2.30pm • Address to Council by Senate LeaderSenator the Hon. Ron BoswellParliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport andRegional Services3pm-4pm • Resolutions4.00pm • Senators' and Members' Question Time4.50pm • Close 7.30 for 8pm • Presidents' Dinner•. F1UJiltt i. .•.8.3Dam • Resolutionsloam • Election of Office Bearers• Election of Trustees• Appointment of Auditors• Resolutions11 am • Address to Council by Deputy LeaderThe Hon. Mark Vaile, MPMinister for Trade11.30am. • Youth Ambassador Competition12.30pm Adjourn

Recommendations

1. DELEGATE REGISTRATION That The National Party Federal Council 1999 accept the credentials of delegates registered by the Federal Secretariat.

2. ADOPTION OF AGENDA That the Agenda as printed be adopted.

3. ADOPTION OF STANDING ORDERS AND RULES OF DEBATE That this Council adopt the Standing Orders and Rules of Debate for the

purposes of this Council.

4. OBSERVERS' REGISTRATION That this Council welcomes the presence of business, industry and diplomatic observers, National Party observers; and

spouses of delegates to attend the sessions of this Council.

5. MEDIA ATTENDANCE That this Council welcomes the attendance of representatives of the media to report on all sessions of this

Council, unless specific motions are carried calling on this Council to enter committee stages, or requiring the media not to report specific matters under discussion.

1. SPECIAL MEETINGS OF FEDERAL

COUNCIL That this Federal Council amend clause 20.3 of the Party's Federal Constitution which currently reads:

Special meetings of Federal Council shall be held in Canberra. To read: Special meetings of Federal

Council shall be held at such date, time and place as decided by the Federal Management Committee. National Party - Victoria

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AUSTRALIAN _CONSTITUTION & TIVE TITLE . .

2. REPUBLIC REFERENDUM That, given the NSW National Party's policy supporting the existing Australian Constitution and the existing Australian National Flag, the Party overtly campaign for a 'No' vote in the forthcoming

referendum on a republic. National Party — NSW

3. CONSTITUTION That Federal Council: 2. Opposes all changes to the Constitution recommended by 1998

Constitutional Convention, particularly those relating: (a)The position of Head of State (b)Additions such as a Preamble 3. And furthermore calls upon the State

and Federal Parliamentary Party to demonstrate their commitment to these ideals by publicly opposing such changes at every opportunity and,

finally

4. Reaffirms the commitment of the Nationals to the continuation of Australia's present position as a Constitutional Monarchy within the

Commonwealth of Nations. National Party - Queensland

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STATEHOOD FOR THE NORTHERN TERRITORY That this Federal Council: 1. Supports the principle that all

Australians must have equal rights and responsibilities under the Australian Constitution; 2. Notes that those Australian citizens

living in the Northern Territory have not fully enjoyed these rights since the Northern Territory was separated from

South Australia in 1911; 3. Supports moves by the CLP Government of the Northern Territory

to ascertain if Territorians wished to redress this constitutional anomaly by moving to Statehood; and 4. That if a majority of Territorians

express the desire for full citizenship under the Constitution by moving to Statehood, this be granted by the Federal Government at a time chosen

by Territorians, and under such conditions as the Northern Territory Government negotiates with the Federal Parliament of Australia. Northern Territor y Countr y Liberal Party

5. NATIVE TITLE CLAIMS That this Council supports legal aid being made available for all those who are party to Native Title style claims. National Part y - Victoria

s. NATIVE TITLE That this Federal Council: 1. Recognises the Prime Minister's 10 points of amendment to the Native Title

Bill as the only way to salvage a degree of certainty for ALL land holders from the failure of previous Federal

Labor Governments to translate the Mabo and Wik judgements into workable legislation; 2. Notes that of all States and Territories,

only the CLP Government in the Northern Territory has passed legislation allowing for a workable, state-based regime based on the 10

Point Plan; 3. Notes that the Northern Territory, with half of its land mass owned by Aboriginal land trusts as a result of two

decades of the Aboriginal Land Rights

(NT), has amended its original Native

Title legislation and regulations six times to accommodate negotiated settlements with Aboriginal land councils and the Commonwealth

Government; and 4. Urges the Senate, as the House of States' Rights, to cease its blocking tactics and ratify the native title

legislation as presented by the Northern Ter ritory Parliament. Northern Territor y Countr y Liberal Party

7. RIGHT TO GOVERN That this Council: 1. Affirms the right of States and Territories to make laws for the peace,

order and good government of their respective areas; 2. Notes that the Northern Territory Parliament has introduced laws that

provide for mandatory minimum jail sentences for certain offences against persons and property; 3. Condemns moves by certain members

of the Federal Parliament to overturn those laws; and 4. Urges all National Party Federal Parliamentarians to oppose any

attempt to override the Northern Territory Parliament's strong stance on law and order issues. Northern Territor y Countr y Liberal Party

8. PARLIAMENTARY REPRESENTATION That the National Party opposes the provision of exclusive seats to members of any sectarian group within all levels of

government. National Part y — NSW

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TRADE

ANDCOMPETITION

9. AUSTRALIAN LAMB EXPORTS TO USA The National Party strongly opposes any move by the USA to impose a tariff or quota on our Australian lamb exports. National Party —. NSW

10. RETAIL FOOD TRADE That the National Party call on the Federal Government to place limits on the manipulative control of the retail food trade by the dominant major retailers in order to protect both food producers and consumers.

National Party — NSW

11. QUARANTINE STANDARDS That this Council opposes any decision that would allow the proposed import of feed grains into Australia which does not

satisfy the strictest of quarantine standards. National Party -_Victoria

12. RALPH COMMITTEE That Federal Council strongly opposes the recommendation of the Ralph Committee regarding the reduction of accelerated depreciation. Further that Federal Council

request the Federal and State Parliamentary National Parties to oppose any outcomes from the final Ralph report that adversely impact on partnerships and trusts. National Party— NSW

13. NATIONAL COMPETITION POLICY That this Federal Council of the National Party of Australia calls upon its Federal and State Parliamentary Representatives to use every avenue at their disposal to

ensure changes to the administration of NCP to more accurately reflect the social impact of competitive reform and that responsibility for NCP be transferred from the NCC to COAG with any State

Government having a right of veto in respect of NCP reform. National Party -_Queensland

TRANSPORT AND

INFRASTRUCTURE .. .

14. MASCOT AIRPORT - REGIONAL AIRLINE DELAYS That this Federal Council urges the Federal and State Parliamentary Members to vigorously oppose any curtailment of landing or departure facilities at Mascot Airport for regional airlines

National Party — NSW

15. REGIONAL POLICY REVIEW (a) That all State National Parties follow the NSW National's initiative and draw together all elements of State and

Federal policy relevant to the development and future of country and regional areas within their State; and (a)That these policies then be

workshopped and further developed through a major regional seminar in each State so that each State Party has a comprehensive, single policy document for rural and regional areas for the new millennium. National Party — NSW

16. REGIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS That this Council commend the Federal Parliamentary Party for a number of initiatives to move towards equivalent access for country people to telecommunications services to those enjoyed by all other Australians, but urges the Party to redouble its efforts to improve

local call access, Mobile telephones and data/internet services etc. National Party - Victoria

17. WATER USE POLICY That the National Party ensure that farmers affected by the application of national competition policy reforms to water-use policy, are compensated to allow for the higher costs of production and additional capital expenditure that is

required to comply with these reforms. National Party - NSW

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ISDN CAPACITY OPTIC FIBRE CABLING

That the Federal National Party ensure that all country towns have sufficient ISDN capacity optic fibre cabling to be fully competitive with the city in Accessing computer technology.

National Party — NSW

I FINANCE

19. TELECOMMUNICATIONS COSTS That the Nationals support the exemption of subscriber trunk dialling (SYD) communications charges from the goods and services tax. National Party - Western Australia

20. GST CHANGEOVER COSTS That this Federal Council: (a)Recognises the plight of Small Business and the incredible cost it

faces in changing to GST. (b)Urge Federal Members to encourage Treasury to support a No Interest Loan

to be made available to Small Businesses to overcome this problem. National Party - South Australia

21. ZONE ALLOWANCE That the Nationals urge the federal Parliamentary National Party to reform the zone allowance system in the next federal

budget to: (a)enhance employment and development opportunities (b)provide direct compensation for the

adverse impact of the goods and services tax on remote communities; and (c) redress generally the cost-of-living

inequities that apply in remote areas National Party - Western Australia

22. ZONAL TAX ALLOWANCES That this Federal Council of the National Party of Australia calls upon the Federal Government to provide significant tax and

regulatory concessions to major development projects in nominated zones in regional Australia and also increase the

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Zone Allowance for personal taxation in

remote areas of Australia, basing it on a service access frame which identifies individual communities, measuring their access to services and cost of living.

National Party -_Queensland

23. WINE EQUALISATION TAX That the Nationals urge federal Nationals' ministers and the parliamentary party to support the exemption from the wine equalisation tax of Australian wine producers who sell less than one million litres per year of their own production within Australia.

National Party -_Western Australia

24. WINE EQUALISATION TAX (W.E.T.) That this Council recommends that the wine Equalisation Tax (W.E.T.) recognition at cellar door be legislated at a

Federal level separately from the GST so that the current tax arrangements for cellar doorlmail order sales are

maintained from 1 July 2000. National Pa -_Victoria

25. GRANT COMMISSION FUNDING That this Council call for a review of the Grants Commission/Taxation reform funding formula to reflect equity of access for distribution of funding to local government.

National Party - Victoria

26. TRANSFER PRICING AND MONOPOLIES That the Federal Government act to control transfer pricing and monopolies

between trans-national companies that deny Australian producers adequate prices and the Government its legitimate taxation on real profits.

National Party — NSW

27. GENE TECHNOLOGY

That the National Party formulate a policy as soon as possible on gene technology and its implications for agriculture, having regard to the interest of rural and regional people, both as producers and consumers. National Part y -- NSW

28. LIVESTOCK UNDERPASSES That this Council calls for the depreciation rate on livestock underpasses to be increased so that they can be written off over a five-year period.

National Party - Victoria

29. WORKING VISAS That the National Party calls upon the Federal Government to make all permanent residents and residents on working visas fully aware on taking up

residence that their residency or work visa will be terminated if they are convicted of an indictable criminal offence which

carries a jail sentence of a year or more. National Party— NSW

30. ISRAEL/ARAB NATIONS - BILATERAL AFFAIRS

That this Federal Council of the National Party of Australia calls on the Coalition Government to urgently review its Foreign Policy towards Israel to:

(a)Ensure such policy is objective and even-handed compared to that it applies to Arab Nations and the Palestinian National Authority (PA) and that this be reflected in media reports;

(b)Support direct talks to establish peace between Israel and all Arab Nationals on a bilateral basis and that Israel be free of pressure to make unilateral

concessions for such peace;

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(c)Support Israel having clearly defined

and defensible international boundaries;

(d)Condemn in bilateral and multilateral forums all terrorist threats and acts of violence against Israel as they occur;

(e)Recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital; and

(f) Promote Australian commercial activity and opportunities with Israel and encourage cultural exchanges. National Party - Queensland

That this Federal Council calls on the second Howard Government to re-institute the Family Law (Anthony) Committee as a fully recognised Coalition Policy Committee to continue the review of Family Court and Child

Support Agency matters, and that it consider the following: (a) To perform such studies and research, and develop such

programs which will allow children to spend their time more equitably as between contact (access) and

resident (custody) parents; and where applicable with grandparents or members of the extended family. (b) The transfer of limited jurisdiction

in Family Law matters to appropriately trained and experienced Federal Magistrates and State Magistrates. (c) To ensure fairness prevails in all

property settlements and all child support matters. (d) To ensure the development and implementation of educational

programs to properly inform adolescents and adults of their rights and responsibilities regarding child raising and

parenting.

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To ensure sufficient and adequate funding of the Family Court, Federal Magistrates; and State Magistrates Courts exercising

Family Court jurisdiction, to reduce and minimise delay between the commencement of proceedings and hearing. (f) To ensure sufficient and adequate

funding of the Legal Aid system with regard to Family Law matters, so that all parties appearing before the Family Court, Federal

Magistrates and State Magistrates Courts exercising Family Court jurisdiction are represented by appropriately trained, qualified and

experienced persons, so as to reduce the incidence of self-presented parties. 2. That this Federal Council directs this

resolution be referred to the Chief Government Whip Mr Michael Ronaldson and the Chief National Party Whip Mr John Forrest. 3. And further that this Federal Council,

as a matter of urgency, call on the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Government Leader in the Senate, to make every effort to have passed, forthwith, the 1998 Child Support Legislation (as approved by the Anthony Committee) which is currently available for passage in the Senate. National Party - Queensland

32. MAIL ORDER PHARMACY That the National Party opposes mail order pharmacy in view of its undermining: (a)the Pharmacists advisory role

(b)the quality use of medicines; and (c) pharmacy as part of the social, economic and health delivery fabric of regional Australia

Essential remote area dispensing based on direct patient relationships should continue to be provided for.

National Party— NSW

33. WELFARE PAYMENTS That this Council recommends that food and rent vouchers make up part of welfare payments, with cash being the other part. National Part y - Victoria

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PENSIONS That this Federal Council calls on the Federal Government to increase age and invalid pensions to fully defray the impact of the GST. Such increase to be indexed to the cost of living. National Party -_South Australia

35. PRESCRIPTIONS That this Federal Council urge Federal Members to actively legislate to restore Medications which have been removed from the RBS/RPBS Register to aged and

inform pensioners via prescription and at the same nominal rate which applies to all Health Care Card Holders.

National Part - South Australia

36. MEDICAL REGISTRATION ! EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS That the National Party supports: a) The establishment of the system of

registration, of medical doctors on a national basis and not State; b) The Federal government ensuring that provider numbers be allocated

according to areas of greatest need. National Party — NSW

37. DOCTORS That this Council calls on State and Federal Governments for continued action to overcome the shortage of GPs and Specialists in Rural and Regional Victoria.

National Part - Victoria

38. MEDICARE REBATES That the Nationals support: (a)the introduction of differential Medicare rebates for medical practitioners in

rural areas, and (b)the inclusion into the Medicare rebate of a component for the work which

regional general practitioners undertake with other care providers in planning care for people with chronic and complex needs, particularly aged

persons National Party - Western Australia

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39.

SPECIALIST SERVICES

That the Nationals support the provision of specialist services in areas of need by: (a)increasing resources for the Rural Surgical Service Program (b)reviewing the current specialist

'capping' rules to ensure that specialists are able to undertake a greater number of procedures in rural and regional practices; and (c)developing access for regional general

practitioners to immediate specialist advice on a toll-free telephone service and through an expansion in the use of tele-health advisory services National Party - Western Australia

40. FEMALE DOCTORS That the Nationals support a strategy which provides greater freedom for patients in the choice of a medical

practitioner in rural and regional areas, recognising that some women prefer to receive medical services from a female practitioner, by:

(a)increasing funding for the Female Locum GP Program; and (b)developing strategies to encourage greater female GP participation in rural

and regional medical practice National Party - Wester Australia

41. AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR REMOTE & RURAL MEDICINE That the Nationals recognise the valuable service provided by ACRRM in rural areas by supporting: (a)the maintenance of, and appropriate

increases in, funding to enable ACRRM to continue and expand its task of obtaining general practitioners for rural

areas; and (b)an extension of ACRRM's role of supporting nursing students intending

to work in regional areas to include allied health workers National Party - Western Australia

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42. NURSE PRACTITIONERS

That the Nationals recognise the potentially valuable role of nurse practitioners in the provision of medical

services in regional Australia by: (a)urging state governments to support the formal recognition of nurse practitioners in terms of specific

training and accreditation; and (b)urging the state health ministries to examine the development of procedures which would enable nurse

practitioners to fill designated areas of need where no doctor is available and a general medical practice in not viable National Part y - Western Australia

43. HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TRAINING That the Nationals support programs which enable the maintenance and expansion of training programs for doctors, nurses and allied health

professionals by: (a)providing more training and continuing education programs in regional and rural centres (b)providing locums to general

practitioners practising in rural and remote areas to allow them time for training and continuing education; and (c) providing assistance to rural and

regional doctors to promote the use of technology, such as the internet, to expand training opportunities (d)providing assistance to nurses and

allied health professionals to attend training and continuing education courses held in major metropolitan or regional centres which are not

available locally; and (e)recognising the extended role of rural and regional nurses by encouraging re-

training and support opportunities in specialised nursing fields (e.g.: midwifery, mental health, extended care and geriatric, remote area, community health, post-operative care and surgical nursing) National Part y - Western Australia

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44. SURGERY ASSISTANCE COSTS

That the Nationals recognise the additional costs incurred by rural, remote and regional medical practices by: (a)developing a national program to

provide some assistance with infrastructure costs incurred by general practitioners in the provision of services in towns without a hospital, possibly by the establishment of a formula to define the needs of these GPs (b)providing assistance to facilitate the

best use of available technology in rural practices, including communication with specialists, access to medical records and improvements to the co-ordination of regional

healthcare administration (c)providing assistance to practitioners for indemnity insurance payments in areas where insufficient numbers of

procedures, such as obstetrics or anaesthesia, make the cost of insurance prohibitive (d)providing publicly-funded access to

consultation with the most experienced GPs and specialists in both the public health system and private practice to overcome some of the disadvantages suffered by single doctors in a rural practice; and (e)expanding tele-health as a tool to

assist practitioners to gain access to specialist medical services and advice National Partv - Western Australia

45. WORKING CONDITIONS That the Nationals recognise the special circumstances and needs of health professionals in regional and rural areas through their working conditions by:

(a)providing the authority to local health administrations to negotiate localised and flexible packages with employees (b)providing flexibility for all medical staff

to allow for sufficient and useable recreation periods (c)improving housing conditions; and ensuring that service in such areas is adequately recognised (possibly by means of a points system) should the employee desire to return to the city

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46.

ATTRACTING STUDENTS TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONS That the Nationals urge the federal and state governments to encourage rural

students to the study of medicine, nursing and allied health by: (a)promoting medical and healthcare career opportunities to rural and

regional secondary students, including Aboriginal students (b)Providing a waiver of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme

(HECS) liability in return for medical and healthcare students giving a commitment to work in an area of unmet need after graduation. (The commitment would have to be equivalent to the length of time that the

HECS liability was waived, as is currently done with defence forces officer cadet programs.) (c)ensuring country students have access

in rural and remote high schools to subjects required and applicable for medicine, nursing and healthcare courses (d)providing affirmative entry to medical

school for rural high school students (e)continuing the funding of regional teaching centres to enable medical

students to experience rural life and medicine in a regional centre (f) continuing funding for Country Medical Foundation scholarship schemes (g)continuing funding for the Rural

Training Unit to provide a comprehensive four-year post-graduate training program for potential rural doctors; and (h)Providing a HECS liability rebate to

doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who spend a period of three (3) years in an area of unmet need. National Party - Western Australia

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Standina Orders

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

Order of Business 1. Debate shall proceed by way of membership speaking for or against motions put one at a time to the Chairman

of the meeting. 2. Subject to any direction from the Chairman the Agenda as accepted by the meeting at its commencement shall be proceeded with

in the order in which it is set out.

Speaking Generally 3. Each member shall have the right to speak: (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

15 minutes; (c) it is resolved that the question be put; or (d) it is resolved that the debate be adjourned. 14.An amendment may be put on an original

motion. The Chairman shall put the amendment to the meeting first and, if carried, it shall be declared to embody the 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

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Determination of Motion

22.The Chairman may at his discretion declare a• motion carded 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 b y 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.

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 carded 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. 1 9. The meeting may, by resolution, grant an extension of time to any speaker, or for

the discussion of any motion or amendment. 20. Upon a member raising a point of order, the member then speaking shall sit down until it

has been decided. The member rising to order shall state concisely the point of order and the Chairman shall give his ruling. The Chairman may request any person present to make submissions on the point of order

prior to giving his ruling. 21 .It shall be competent for any member to move a motion of dissent from the Chairman's ruling. The mover of the motion

of dissent shall have 3 minutes to state his point. The Chairman shall have 3 minutes to reply and the question will be put forthwith.

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MINUTES OF NATIONAL PARTY FEDERAL COUNCIL

6,7 SEPTEMBER 1997

1. That the credentials of delegates registered by the Federal Secretariat be accepted 2. That the Agenda as printed be adopted 3. That the Standing Orders and Rules of

Debate for the purposes of this meeting of Federal Council as printed, be adopted 4. That this Council welcome the presence of business, industry and diplomatic observers,

National Party observers and partners of delegates to attend the sessions of this Council. 5. That this Council welcome the attendance of

representatives of the media to report on all sessions of this Council, unless specific motions are carried calling on this Council to enter committee stages, or requiring the media not to report specific matters under discussion. Moved: Helen Dickie Seconder: Ray Daily CARRIED

PROXY: "Pursuant to clause 9.2 of the Constitution of the Party, I advise that the National Party of Australia - Queensland appoints as alternate

delegates in the absence of its Central Council representatives Mrs. Teresa Cobb, Miss Rae McCaull, Dr. Don McKenzie and Mr. Graeme Haycroft."

David Russell, QC President, National Party Queensland

Ralph Hunt - tabled financial statement for National Party of Australia. Notes and auditors report. Seconded: Brian O'Sullivan. CARRIED

NATIONAL PARTY CONSTITUTIONAL MOTIONS

I. YOUNG NATIONALS That the words "Young Nationals" be inserted in definitions Clause 3 (n) so that Clause 3 (n) reads:

Young National Party of Australia" or "Young Nationals" means the federal organisation formed in accordance with the Young National Party of Australia Federal

Constitution approved by Federal Council.' (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved: Micheal Martin; Seconded: Ray Dally CARRIED

2. CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR TO CLAUSE 8: That a new paragraph be added to clause 8 to read:

8(k) The Federal Senior Vice-President (National Party of Australia -Queensland) Moved: David Russell; Seconded: Helen Dickie

CARRIED

3. IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT a. "That clause 24 of the Federal constitution be amended by deleting item (k) thereby removing the immediate past Federal

President as a member of the Federal Management Committee, and b. "That clause 8 of the Federal Constitution be amended by deleting the existing item

(m) and replacing it with (m) former Federal Presidents of the National Party of Australia." (National Party of Australia -Western Australia) Moved: Dexter Davies; Seconded: Murray Montgomery LOST

PARTY MATTERS

4. POLICY CONSULTATION: That this Council write to the National Party's federal Ministers requesting better consultation between Minister's offices and

grass roots party structure with regards to Government's decisions to ensure, as often as possible that a) these decisions reflect Party Policy; and

b) these decisions are politically sensible and not just made on the strength of financial considerations. (Young National Party of Australia) Moved: Don Burnett; Seconded: Ray Dally

CARRIED

5. PARLIAMENTARY REPRESENTATION That this Council express that there needs to be greater communication of National Party membership ideals by our Parliamentary

parties, at both State and Federal levels within the Coalition. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved: Micheal Martin;

Seconded: Trevor Cooper CARRIED

6. NAME OF "YOUNG NATIONALS That this Council urge the Australian Electoral Commission to impose a condition of registration of the One Nation Party that they

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not name their youth wing, "Young Nation"

and its members "Young Nationals". (Young National Party of Australia) Moved: Stuart Copeland; Seconded: Donald Burnett CARRIED

7. PREFERENCE ALLOCATIONS That this Council reaffirms that decisions in respect of preference allocations are the province of individual State National Party organisations. (National Party of Australia - Queensland)

NOTED

AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION

8. AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION That this Council strongly supports the Australian Constitution and declares there is no reason for change. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved: Helen Dickie Seconded: Micheal Martin; Against: Grant Tambling

Amendment moved by Mover: Add "To our system of Government" after "reason for change."

Amendment to original motion CARRIED

9. COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS That this Council reaffirms its belief that Australia should remain a member of the Commonwealth of Nations headed by the

Queen. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) NOTED

Procedural Motion moved that motions 10, 11 and 12 be noted as those issues had been disucussed at the Special Federal Council

Meeting in March. Moved:: Bruce Lloyd; Seconded: Ian Armtstong CARRIED

10 HEAD OF STATE That this Council urges that the process of Constitutional debate now under way should be limited to the provisions of the constitution dealing with the Head of State. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales)

NOTED

11.THE QUEEN That if as a result of a proper process of Constitutional debate a change to those provisions dealing with the Head of State is agreed to and put in a referendum then this

Council should urge that these changes should not take effect before the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales)

NOTED

12.CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION That this Council notes there is no need to change the Australian Constitution. However,

if the Australian people do decide on changes to the Head of State which should not take effect before the end of the reign of Queen

Elizabeth ii, then the National Party believes the appropriate mechanisms for implementing such a change would involve:

(a) the establishment of an Australian Governors Council (AGC) which would appoint, dismiss or accept the resignation of a Commonwealth Head of State or a State Governor. Appointment would be on the nomination of the Prime Minister or a

State Premier, respectively. Meetings would be chaired by the outgoing incumbent (or in his/her absence by the

Commonwealth Head of State, or in his/her absence, by the senior State Governor by date of appointment). The Chairman would have a deliberative vote only. The AGC would have no other

function. (b) The appointment of the Commonwealth Head of State to be for a term of five years (with a potential

extension of no more than two years). (c) The qualifications for holding office as Commonwealth Head of State to be those set down in Section 44 of the

Australian Constitution. (d) Section 63 of the Constitution to be amended so that the Head of State in Council shall be construed as the Head

of State acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council. (e) The Reserve Powers of the Head of State be those applying to the

Governor-General under the current Constitution. The Prime Minister to be identified in the Constitution as the most senior Federal Minister, and recognised as the Chief Executive of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales)

NOTED

13.PLEBISCITE OR REFERENDUM If the planned Constitutional Convention recommends significant changes to the Constitution, or the holding of a plebiscite or

referendum, then this Council should meeting within six months, or before the plebiscite or referendum, whichever is sooner, to consider

its response. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved: Dr Ramon Bullock; Seconded: Trevor Cooper CARRIED

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14.CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY

That this Council pursue open debate on the issue of Constitutional Monarchy so that: (a) it seeks active Party participation in the People's Convention; (b) the debate not be confined to a specific

time frame; (c) with active membership and wider community input it aims to have control of the debate; (d) it oppose moves to a Republic until a

community debate has occurred and its legal and structural implications are clear; and it reaffirms National Party support for Australia's Constitutional Monarchy. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Helen Dickie sought leave of Federal Council to

withdraw motion. Leave Granted. WITHDRAWN

15.AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION That this Council supports a factual and unbiased educational programme detailing the existing Constitution. (Young National Party of Australia) Moved D Burnett; Seconded M Martin

CARRIED

16. CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE That this Council acknowledges that there is a well-organised movement that supports Constitutional change. Any such change

should only take place through a series of referenda, with no specific time frame, after thorough examination of the issues concerned and a detailed analysis of the consequences of the proposed changes. (Young National Party of Australia) Moved Stuart Copeland; Seconded Stephanie

Calder CARRIED

NATIVE TITLE

17.NATIVE TITLE That this Council of the National Party: (a) Notes the 10-point proposal put forward by the Prime Minister to amend and clarify

the Native Title Act following the High court Wik decision. (b) Notes the further eight (8) undertakings for inclusion in the amending legislation,

given in writing by the Prime Minister and made public in the Longreach Commitment of May 17, 1997, to take account of concerns raised by the National

Party;

(c) Accepts that, providing all elements of the undertakings outlined in the Longreach Commitment by the Prime Minister are

included in the amending legislation, the National Party has been central to negotiating a solution that provides

security and certainty for pastoral lease holders and justice and equity for Aboriginal people; (d) Accordingly commends the Federal

Leader Tim Fischer, Deputy Leader John Anderson, Federal President Don McDonald, and the Federal Management

Committee for their efforts in ensuring a Coalition package that delivers fairness and equity for all; and (e) That the States and Territories reserve the right to examine any Federal

Government legislation on the Native Title Act before supporting or introducing complementary legislation in New South Wales. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales)

WITHDRAWN

18.ABORIGINAL LAND RIGHTS That this Council believes the uncertainties surrounding leasehold land title created by the High Court's decision in the Wik case

need to be resolved by legislation and: (a) that the rights and obligations of all title holders need to be clear, providing certainty of title for lease holders and that

Lease holders affected by Native title claims must have the right to be heard at hearings of such claims; (b) that the question of individual ownership

under Native Title should be closely considered; and (c) that, to the extent where Native Title on leasehold land exists, it should be

confirmed by legislation so that access to land is provided for the conduct of ceremonies or exercise of traditional rights, on reasonable notice to leaseholders. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales)

WITHDRAWN

17. NATIVE TITLE (Replacement motion for motions 17 and 18) This Council expresses concern that the Federal Government's Native Title

Amendment Bill does not provide adequate certainty and security for primary producers.

Council condemns the deplorable lack of concern so far displayed by the NSW Labor Government for the interests of leaseholders in the Western Division of NSW - an area

covering more than 40% of the State.

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Accordingly, Council requests the Prime

Minister to urgently meet the Premier of NSW in an effort to persuade him to include Western Lands Division grazing leases in the Schedule to the Native Title Bill, in light of the opinion provided by Dennis Rose QC regarding the 'exclusive possession' category of those leases.

Council calls on the Federal Parliamentary National Party to continue to seek necessary amendments to the Bill so that pastoral leaseholders are guaranteed security for the future free of anxiety, uncertainty and legal proceedings.

Specifically, Council requests the Federal Parliamentary National Party to (1) negotiate for amendments to further tighten the threshold test so that any

claimant must have a `current traditional physical connection with the land', and (2) ensure that the registration of a claimant of native title is defined in a way that

guarantees against irresponsible vexatious claims on pastoral and grazing leases. (National Party - New South Wales) Moved: Helen Dickie; Seconded: Rob Borbidge

CARRIED

19.LAND RIGHTS COMMITTEE That this Council should establish a committee comprising Parliamentary and organisational representatives of the Party,

including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, to advise on further steps in this area. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved: Helen Dickie; Seconded: Christine Ferguson CARRIED

20.TOTAL EXTINGUISHMENT That the National Party restates its current policy of total extinguishment of native title on pastoral, perpetual and conditional purchase leasehold and freehold land, and actively

promotes this policy. (National Party of Australia - Western Australia) NOTED

2't.LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAND EXEMPTION The National Party calls on the Federal Government to exempt all local government land from the effects of the High Court Mabo

and Wik rulings. (National Party of Australia - Western Australia) NOTED

TAXATION AND ECONOMY

22.OVERHAUL OF THE AUSTRALIAN TAXATION SYSTEM That this Council asks the federal Party to research an overhaul of the Australian

taxation system, with particular reference to the implementation of a consumption tax to replace a range of other taxes. (National Party of Australia - Western Australia) Moved: Dexter Davies; Seconded: Anna Beaton

CARRIED

23.TAX REFORM: That this Council urges the National/Liberal Federal Government to look at reforming tax by reducing current taxes - both direct and

indirect - by way of introducing a "spending tax". (National Party of Australia -Tasmania) LAPSED

24. FUEL EXCISE That this Council opposes the introduction of any additional fuel taxes, given the existing retention of fuel taxes by the Federal Government, and demands that all fuel taxes collected by the Commonwealth in place of any State fuel levy be dedicated to the Transport Trust Fund. (National Party of Australia - Western Australia) Moved Dexter Davies; Seconded Murray Montgomery CARRIED

25.TAXATION REFORM That this Council calls on the Coalition to broaden the field of the study group investigating taxation reform to include the

option of a debits tax. (Young National Party of Australia) WITHDRAWN

26.CAPITAL GAINS TAX That this Council demands the Federal Coalition government ensures that Capital Gains Tax rollover relief legislation is

changed so that farmers and small business owners who operate a trading entity, but whose passive assets are held in a separate entity, receive the relief they were promised. (National Party of Australia - Western Australia) Moved: Dexter Davies; Seconded: Murray Montgomery CARRIED

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27.CAPITAL GAINS TAX

That this Council seeks amendments to appropriate commonwealth legislation and regulations to allow an income-producing asset held for more than five years to be exempt from Capital Gains Tax. (National Party of Australia - Western Australia) Moved: Dexter Davies; Seconded: Murray Montgomery CARRIED

28.TAX REFORM FOR TASMANIA That this Council urge the Federal Government to consider that Tasmania be a duty free State for inbound Tourism with

stays in excess of 48 hours. (National Party of Australia -Tasmania) LAPSED

29.TAX DEDUCTIBILITY That the National Party of Australia insists that the Federal Coalition supports the granting of tax deductibility of donations together with annual government support to the Sir Earle Page Memorial Trust. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved: Trevor Cooper; Seconded: Ramon Bullock; Speaker against: George Price Procedural Motion: "This issue is referred to the Federal Management Committee and look at the possibility of establishing a Federal Trust."

Comment: David Russell CARRIED

30.CREDIT UNIONS That the Federal Leader intervene to ensure that Credit Unions throughout Australia continue to pay a maximum tax rate of no

more than 21 percent. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) LAPSED

31.CREDIT UNIONS That this Council call on the Federal Leader to intervene to ensure that Credit unions throughout Australia continue to pay a

maximum tax rate of no more than 21 percent. (Young National Party of Australia Moved: Micheal Martin; Seconded: Trevor Cooper LOST

32.TAX RELIEF That this Council call for some income tax relief for the parents of dependent tertiary students required to live away from home for geographical reasons in order to defray the very significant extra costs faced by the

parents of such students. (National Party of Australia -Victoria) Moved: Garner Smith; Seconded: Meredith Dickie Amendment: remove "income tax". Agreed to by

mover. CARRIED

33.NATIONAL WEALTH That the National Party of Australia call upon the Federal Government to ensure that there is equity in the distribution of the wealth of this nation in the provision of Government

services and programmes, between the cities and the regional/rural areas. (Tasmanian Nationals) NOTED

34.TAX REFORM That this council, recognising the need for a considered approach to Tax Reform in Australia, resolves that:

(a) submissions be called for from interested State National Party Organisations to the Federal Policy Review Committee, with a deadline of October 3151, 1997; and that (b) those submissions be collated and

circulated back through the Party Organisations for comment with a view to formulating recommendations on a Tax Reform package at the next meeting of

Federal Council which takes into consideration the passage of time and changed circumstances. (National Party of Australia - Queensland) Moved: David Russell; Seconded: Jenny Russell

Speaker against: Bruce Lloyd Amendment foreshadowed by Bruce Lloyd: Dates changed from OCTOBER 31 to March 31 1998. Amendment agreed to by mover CARRIED

34A. INCREASED TAX INCENTIVES FOR SMALL BUSINESS That this Council calls on the Federal Coalition Government as a matter of urgency

to: (a) provide increased tax incentives for small business and that in any review of taxation it assess the abilities of foreign owned

companies, and (b) that in any review of taxation it assess the abilities of foreign owned companies to avoid paying their fair share of tax in this

country and take steps to help ensure that they do; and (c) review and introduce a new taxation system and incorporate within its taxation

policy a broad-based goods and services tax. Women's Federal Council Moved: Pam Stallman; Seconded: Di Nesbitt

CARRIED

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Youth Ambassador Competition:

Entrants: Stuart Copeland (QLD) Kelby Williams (NSW Karma Denney(VIC) Rebecca Lannin (WA)

Winner Stuart Copeland

INDUSTRY & MANUFACTURING

35.INDUSTRY POLICY That the National Party of Australia take a leading role in developing a national policy framework to ensure a growing, diversified,

efficient and internationally competitive manufacturing sector in Australia as a primary source of jobs and employment growth.

That accordingly the National Party of Australia works on the development of an integrated National Industry Policy, covering State and Federal administrations, to

encourage the establishment of more export oriented industries and individual business expansion, especially among small and medium enterprises in rural and regional

areas.

That the basic principles of such an over-arching policy include: (a) more efficient linking of inter-related policy areas such as taxation, trade,

micro-economic reform, industrial relations, primary and secondary industry and Federal/State financial arrangements; (b) the provision of clear directions so

businesses have the confidence to make long-term investment and growth decisions; (c) the development of an internationally competitive tax system; (d) encouragement for growth through an increased commitment to research and development, export market development and business establishment in rural and regional centres; (e) encouraging the establishment of an

industry-sponsored annual National Industry Outlook Conference, separate from and in addition to the ABARE Conference, to fully analyse Australia's

total industry performance and identify growth opportunities across the board of farming, mining, manufacturing and service, thereby ensuring the continuing

relevance of National Industry Policy to changing domestic and international trends. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales)

Moved: Ramon Bullock; Seconded: Trevor Cooper Ammendement: After "accordingly" add "a working party of the NPA under the direction of

the Federal President" Amendment agreed to by mover. CARRIED

3B.TARIFFS That this Council call on the Federal Government to not consider any cuts to tariffs in the Textiles Clothing and Footwear

Industries until there is a significant improvement in national unemployment and the current account deficit. (Young National Party of Australia) Moved: Gamer Smith; Seconded: Trevor Cooper

LOST

37.TARIFFS That tariffs in the Textiles Clothing and Footwear Industries not be reduced to a level which would directly result in unemployment. (National Party of Australia - South Australia)

WITHDRAWN

38.TARIFFS That this Council express the strong view that great caution be exercised before tariff protection for Australian primary and

secondary industries is reduced.

Further, that this Council note that industries such as textile, motor car, fruit juice, for example have been placed in jeopardy,

particularly as many other nations are using a variety of non-tariff barriers. (Note: meat, for example, is subject to quotas, live sheep and

cattle to a variety of impediments). (National Party of Australia -Victoria) Agreement to replace original motion: That this Council believes that further tariff

reductions for then TCF industries beyond 2000 should be based on: A) a measurable progress in trade liberalisation by our overseas competitors

B) a clear progress with domestic Microeconomic reform and C) a clearer understanding of the structural adjustments costs facing the industry Moved: Pat McNamara; Seconded: Brian O'Sullivan CARRIED

39.TARIFFS That this Council's support for tariff reductions be conditional upon further micro economic reform being put in place first to

avoid the situation currently confronted by the citrus and dried fruit industries. (National Party of Australia -Victoria) WITHDRAWN

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40.YOUTH AWARD WAGES

That this Council resolves to call on the Federal Government to instruct the Industrial Commission to address the relativity of Youth

Award wages to Adult Award wages so that the relative level of unemployment for each group becomes the same. (National Party of Australia) Ammended Motion:

That this Council expresses a desire to reduce youth unemployment and calls on the Federal Government to-(1) give a strong emphasis to improving

training and education to redress the lack of skills and experience of young people and; (2) urge the Industrial Commission to alter

award rates of pay to rectify the discrepancy between youth and adult and employment rates in an endeavour to create higher levels of youth employment. (amended motion) Moved: Donald Burnett; Seconded: Jason

Hughes CARRIED

TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

41.ROADS That this Council express concern with the decline in the standards of Australia's road system and calls on the Federal Government to

dramatically increase road regional funding. (National Party of Australia -Victoria) Moved: Garner Smith; Seconded: Isobel

Arbuthnot Amendment: Moved by Bruce Lloyd to replace "Federal Government" with "All levels of Government"

Ammendment agreed to by mover. CARRIED

42.RAIL That this Council support the completion of the standardisation and upgrade of all rail lines in Victoria, South Australia and relevant lines in

New South Wales as a formal Federation Fund project. (National Party of Australia -Victoria) Moved: Brian O'Sullivan

Seconded: Marie Schlemme Amendment: Moved by Dexter Davies that "All states included" replace "New South Wales.

Seconded: David Russell QC CARRIED

43.FUEL EXCISE DUTY FOR ROAD SYSTEM That this Council, as a matter of urgency, calls for a larger percentage of the Federal Excise Duty on fuel be used on the road system, especially regional

roads.

(National Party of Australia -Victoria) Moved: Karolee Woolcott; Seconded: Marie Schlemme CARRIED

44.MOBILE PHONES - ANALOGUE NETWORK: That this Council call for a review of the mobile phone communications system

allowing the retention of the Analogue Network. (Young National Party of Australia) Moved: Ray Dally; Seconded with amendment:

Ian Armstrong moved to replace "review" with "urgent review" LOST

SUNDAY 7T" SEPTEMBER, 1997

Election of Office Bearers Don McDonald vacated chair. Tim Fischer then called for nominations for the position of Federal President.

Isobel Arbuthnot nominated Don McDonald for the position of Federal President. ELECTED

Dexter Davies nominated Helen Dickie for the position of Senior Vice President. ELECTED Brian O'Sullivan nominated Dexter Davies for the position of Vice President.

ELECTED

Dexter Davies nominated Brian O'Sullivan for the position of Vice President. ELECTED Helen Dickie nominated David Russell for the

position of Vice President. ELECTED

Ramon Bullock nominated Robin Dixon-Thomson for the position of Vice President. ELECTED Sandy Mackenzie nominated Ralph Hunt for

the position of Federal Treasurer. ELECTED

Bruce Lloyd nominated Sandy Mackenzie for the position of Federal Secretary. ELECTED

Don McDonald nominated KPMG as the auditors for the Federal Party. APPOINTED Dexter Davies nominated all existing trustees

as a block for reappointment.

Sandy Mackenzie nominated Stuart McDonald be included as a Trustee.

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Hendy Cowan, Peter Ross-Edwards, Peter

Blacker, Ian Sinclair, Shirley McKerrow, Sir William Allen and Stuart McDonald. It was noted that the President should check with Sir William to confirm his appointment.

ELECTED

Helen Dickie nominated David Russell as Chairman of the Policy Review Committee. ELECTED

45.INLAND PORT That the National Party support: (a) the concept of the Inland Marketing Corporation; and

(b) the concept of a viable inland port or ports in New South Wales outside Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved: Christine Ferguson; Seconded: Micheal Martin Amendment: Remove all after "viable inland ports". Accepted by mover and seconder

CARRIED

46.POPULATION That this Council urge the Federal National Party to support the adoption of a Population Policy and that a key provision of that policy

be to stabilise our numbers at about 23 million people by the middle of next century. (National Party of Australia -Victoria) Moved: Karolee Woolcott; Seconded: Ralph Hunt Moved replacement Amendment: "That this Federal Council urge the NP to adopt a population policy". Amendment moved Seconded: Gary Nehl Amended motion: CARRIED

47. NATIONAL HERITAGE TRUST That this Council urge greater consideration be given for the allocation of National Heritage Trust funds towards:

(a) direct funding to on-ground projects for landcare groups with bureaucratic wastage avoided by funding direct facilitators, and (b) an emphasis on productive land uses. (National Party of Australia -Victoria) Moved: Isobel Arbuthnot; Seconded: Karolee

Woolcott Amended: Replace "national" with "natural" Amendment agreed to by mover. CARRIED

48. INFRASTRUCTURE The National Party adopts a policy to enable the development of State infrastructure in regional Australia by the provision of funds,

through either the Reserve Bank or the creation of an 'Australia Bank', on term loans. National Party of Australia - Western Australia) Moved: Dexter Davies. Amendment remove last four words.; Seconded: Anna Beaton Amendment :David Russell QC: to remove everything after "regional Australia." Seconded: Meredith Dickie CARRIED

49.WATER INFRASTRUCTURE That this Council resolves to call on the Federal Government to give priority to water infrastructure for inland Australia, with specific reference to the Urannah Dam project, and to work closely with the Queensland State government to bring such projects to fruition. Moved: De Anne Kelly with amendment: Remove "Queensland State Government" and replace with "work closely with State Governments." Seconded: Don McKenzie De Anne: Amendment: Replace "with specific reference to the Urannah Dam project" and replace with "including for example the Urannah Dam project". (National Party of Australia - Queensland)

CARRIED

49(A). LIVING IN INLAND AUSTRALIA That this Council calls on the Federal Coalition Government: to actively promote the positives of living in inland Australia. (Women's Federal Council) Moved: Sonya Doyle Amended as above.; Seconded: Don McKenzie CARRIED 49(B) MORTIMER REPORT

That this Council carefully examine the impact of the Mortimer Report recommendations on Rural Research and Development, and take the necessary steps

to alert the Party and the Government to the likely impact of the report of the future participation of rural industry in R&D. (National Party of Australia - South Australia) Moved: Jan McFarlane

Seconded: Barbara Chambers CARRIED

PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

50. DROUGHT That this Council note that the criteria set by current legislation for drought assistance should recognise that the rainfall pattern in Victoria, with its more intensive production

requires regular spring and autumn rainfall, different to the pattern recognised for the arid rangeland areas which have a much longer

production span. Changes are required to meet the critical immediate short term

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problems with a strong recommendation that

the taxation system be revised to encourage increased investment in farming practices such as fodder and water conservation, and drought bands to "even out" seasonal variations in a manner appropriate to the different conditions in different areas as an appropriate long term approach. (National Party of Australia -Victoria) Moved: Isobel Arbuthnot; Seconded: Brian O'Sullivan Amended: motion to end after "short term problems': Delete after °with a strong

recommendation." CARRIED

51 NATIONAL WATER MARKET That the National Party seek a commitment to pursue the freeing up of the National Water Market in the interests of the national

economy. (National Party of Australia -South Australia) Moved: Jan McFarlane; Seconded: Senator David Brownhill CARRIED

52.FIREBLIGHT That this Council deplores the action of New Zealand officials in creating a fireblight panic in Victoria and South Australia, which has

caused unnecessary stress and financial loss to fruitgrowers and nurserymen, and calls on the Federal Government to reprimand the New Zealand Government for this disgraceful

episode. (National Party of Australia -Victoria) Moved: Bruce Lloyd; Seconded: Brian O'Sullivan CARRIED

Urgency Motion: That the National Party request the Federal Government to instigate as a matter of urgency a policy where portfolios have rural

impact statements as part of the process before a decision is taken. (National Party of Australia - Queensland) Moved Theresa Cobb; Seconded: Don McKenzie CARRIED

53.AUSTRALIAN FISHING ZONES That this Council calls on the Federal Government and the National Party of Australia to adopt a policy to protect Australian fishing zones from poaching by

utilizing Defence Force Hardware, Defence Personnel and Satellite technology on a 24 hour per day, 365 day per year basis. (Young National Party of Australia) Moved: Ray Dally; Seconded: Micheal Martin

CARRIED

54.IEDs AND FMBs That IEDs and FMBs be converted to a single scheme that is well promoted and comprehensible throughout the rural sector

and has the following characteristics: (a) fully tax deductible in the year of deposit and taxable in the year of withdrawal; (b) available to all bona fide primary

producers; (c) interest paid at commercial rates on 100% of deposit; (d) maximum deposit level of $500,000 per

taxpayers; (e) on retirement, deposits can be withdrawn over five (5) years or transferred to an approved retirement fund, subject to

normal superannuation tax arrangements; and (f) accessible through financial institutions. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved: Trevor Cooper; Seconded: Micheal Martin CARRIED

55.MEAT INDUSTRY LEVY That the National Party oppose the meat industry levy based on every sale transaction, rather than on each carcass at point-of-

slaughter or export, and asks the Federal Primary Industry Minister to reverse this decision. (National Party of Australia - Western Australia) Moved: Dexter Davies; Seconded: Glenys MacDonald. CARRIED

56.MEAT INDUSTRY CHARGES That the National Party deplore the increased charges in the meat industry, as in the present day climate it will drive meatworks

into receivership, causing unemployment, serious loss of income to primary producers and jeopardise hard won export markets. (National Party of Australia - South Australia)

WITHDRAWN

57.GREAT BARRIER REEF That this Council resolves that any person injuriously affected by actions proposed by the Government to protect the Great Barrier

Reef, such as bans or limits on certain types of fishing, shall be entitled to compensation based on proper commercial valuation of their

losses.

57/58 COGNATE AS MOTION BELOW

58.BIO-DIVERSITY OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF That this Council resolves that decisions made in order to protect the Great Barrier

Reef and its bio-diversity, especially those

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which have the capacity to affect people

injuriously, be based on competent scientific assessment of all the relevant facts and circumstances. (National Party of Australia - Queensland)

57/58 COGNATE AS MOTION BELOW

(National Party of Australia - Queensland) Moved: George Price Amendment join 57 & 58 That this Council resolves that any person injuriously affected by actions proposed by

the Government to protect the Great Barrier Reef, such as bans or limits on certain types of fishing, shall be entitled to compensation based on proper commercial valuation of their

losses and that any such bans be based on competent scientific assessment of all the relevant facts and circumstances. Moved George Price; Seconded Don McKenzie

CARRIED

59.DUGONGS That this Council supports the carriage of a comprehensive independent investigation into all factors affecting dugong mortality,

including indigenous hunting, boat strikes and the affects of environmental stress and fungal pathogens on sea grass beds. (National Party of Australia - Queensland) Moved: George Price; Seconded: David Russell

CARRIED

HEALTH, EDUCATION & WELFARE

60.RURAL HEALTH That, in order to address the current crisis in rural health, the National Party's policy on Health include: (a) the establishment of a Rural Health

Division within the Department of Health with responsibility to work in co-operation with federal rural health programmes; (b) establish a Rural Health

Development Unit within a rural centre; (c) develop a programme which ensures adequate recruitment of doctors

and locums to rural areas by recruiting at the undergraduate and graduate level; and (d) support the expansion of "tele-medicine" services to all regional and remote areas

of NSW.

(National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved Ramon Bullock Amend: Delete of NSW" and replace with "of Australia".

Seconded: Trevor Cooper CARRIED

60(A). CARERS IN RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA That this Council urge State and Federal Governments to continue to recognise, assist,

and further support Carers in rural and regional Australia, with particular emphasis on respite care. (Women's Federal Council) Moved Karolee Woolcott; Seconded: Isobel Arbuthnot CARRIED

60(B). MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE That, as the majority of Mental Health Service consumers use a general practitioner as their specialist advisor, this Council urge both the

Federal and State Governments to provide programmes to assist GP's in servicing this important health sector by ensuring they are

not financially disadvantaged by the terms set down in the Medicare Agreement. (Women's Federal Council) Moved: Isobel Arbuthnot; Seconded Karolee

Woolcott CARRIED

60( C) POLICY ON ILLEGAL DRUG USE That this Council support in principle the following five policy points on dealing with Australia's drug problems:

1. DETOXIFICATION The National Party to actively support a trial of the Waismann Program and/or any other programs of rapid detoxification and

if successful, the introduction of this treatment. These programs to be administered by special units in public

hospitals. 2. REHABILITATION Detoxification programs to be backed by ongoing rehabilitation and support.

Establish and support community based rehabilitation programs for the support of detoxified addicts such as Alcoholics Anonymous and public education programs similar to Quit for Life "Breaking the Cycle" is another program designed to assist people (young people) with raising self-esteem, self worth and self control, whereby they rid themselves of past destructive habits and negative attitudes.

Rehabilitation programs to be monitored. 3. ASSISTED EMPLOYMENT Establish assisted employment programs to give addicts self esteem and self worth,

thereby assisting in keeping them drug-free. 4. LEGISLATION Introduce legislation on the basis of "throw

the key away" approach for dealers. This legislation should also give the ability

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to the Courts to direct users to

detoxification programs. Convicted dealers to forfeit their own assets to the State. 5. EDUCATION

Develop youth education programs with adequate State and Federal funding incorporating using and dealing drugs. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved: Ian Armstrong; Seconded: Mark Vaile Against: Stephanie Calder Amended moved by Theresa Cobb :insert "and

support community based" instead of "develop'. Amendment agreed to by mover. CARRIED

61.MEDICARE PROVIDER NUMBERS That this Council seeks reversal of Federal Government healthcare policy which currently ensures that:

(a) Medicare provider numbers be granted to suitably-qualified, foreign-trained doctors who are willing to work in regional and remote areas which have demonstrated they are unable to attract Australian-

trained doctors, and that doctors gaining specific medical practice act be granted such registration for a period of four years (not the suggested two years). (b) Full Medicare rebates are payable to

patients of these doctors. (National Party of Australia - Western Australia) Moved Stephanie Calder; Seconded Brian O'Sullivan CARRIED

62.VIDEO AND TV VIOLENCE That this Council recognizes the action taken by the State and Federal Governments to control firearms as a first step in the

prevention of tragic Port Arthur type situations and calls on the Federal and State -Parliaments to take the next step and initiate an urgent review of violent videos and television shows and similar material which in

some circumstances may act to influence and motivate some people to commit violent crime. (National Party of Australia -Victoria) Moved Bruce Lloyd; Seconded Marie Schlemme CARRIED

FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE

63.LAND MINES That this Federal Council endorse the actions of the Federal Government in supporting the abolition of anti personnel landmines throughout the world and that landmine land mine detection equipment should be retained. (National Party of Australia - New South Wales) Moved and amended as above Ramon Bullock; Seconded Bruce Scott CARRIED

64.APPRENTICE TRAINING - DEFENCE FORCE That this Council call on the Federal Government to adopt a policy of re-opening

Apprentice Training schools within each of the Defence Force Departments. (Young National Party of Australia) Moved: Micheal Martin; Seconded: Ray Dally

CARRIED

NEXT MEETING: The meeting voted to have the decision for the date of the 1998 Federal Council and Federal Conference made by the next

meeting of the Federal Management Committee.

Meeting closed at 12 noon.

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NAME:

1. The name of this organisation is the "National Party of Australia."

OBJECTS: 2. The objects of the Party are to: (a) promote within Australia -(i) a society based on Christian ethics

and loyalty to the Crown (ii) the defence and security of the Nation and support for its Allies (iii) the maintenance of democracy,

liberty, incentive, individual enterprise and the pursuit of excellence (iv) the improvement of the well-being of all people

(v) the greatest possible development of primary, secondary and tertiary industries by private enterprise

(vi) the maintenance of a democratic system of Government. (vii) a restriction of the size of Government and levels of taxation to

the minimum required to achieve efficient administration with the least possible intrusion into the lives of individuals, industry and commerce (viii) the transfer to the States and to Local

Government of those powers and responsibilities most properly administered by those authorities. (b) ensure the continued development of the National Party of Australia as an independently organised conservative political force, with the fundamental aim of winning office in the Australian Parliament in order to implement the objects and policies of the Party for the benefit of the Nation (c) secure the election to the Australian Parliament of candidates endorsed in accordance with this Constitution

DEFINITIONS:

3. The following definitions shall apply to this Constitution: (a) "National Party of Australia" and "the Party" mean the federation of Affiliated

Parties constituted by this Constitution (b) "Federal Constitution" means this Constitution

FEDERAL CONSTITUTION OF

THE NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

(c) "Affiliated Party" or "Affiliated Parties" mean, subject to clauses 63 and 64: • National Party of Australia - N.S.W. • National Party of Australia -

Queensland • National Party of Australia - Victoria • National Party of Australia (SA.) Inc. • National Party of Australia (WA) Inc.

and such other organisations within Tasmania and any of the Australian Territories as may become affiliated with the National Party of Australia in accordance with this Constitution (d) "Associated Organisations" means

those organisations which are associated, but not affiliated, with the National Party of Australia in accordance with clause 71 of this Constitution (c) "Federal Council" means the assembly

of members of the National Party of Australia established in accordance with clause 8 of this Constitution (f) "Federal President" means the

President of the National Party of Australia (g) "Federal Conference" means the assembly of members of the National

Party of Australia established in accordance with clause 33 of this Constitution (h) "Federal Management Committee" means the committee established in accordance with clause 24 of this Constitution (i) "Federal Leader" means the Leader of the Federal Parliamentary National Party (j) "Federal Parliamentary National Party" means the Party of Senators and Members elected to the Parliament of Australia, constituted in accordance with clause 42 of this Constitution (k) "Federal Policy" means the platform and policies of the National Party of Australia as determined in accordance with this Constitution (I) "Federal Electorate Council" means the councils established by the Affiliated Parties in each State or Territory, howsoever called, being councils in Federal electoral divisions in relation to which the Affiliated Parties certify to the Federal Management Committee that

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there reside not less than 100

members of the Affiliated Party (m) "Women's Federal Council" means the Federal Council of the women's

representatives of each Affiliated Party, formed in accordance with a Constitution approved by Federal Council (n) "Young National Party of Australia" or

"Young Nationals" means the federal organisation formed in accordance with the Young National Party of Australia Federal Constitution approved by

Federal Council (o) "Trustee" means such eminent person as is appointed trustee of the National

Party of Australia in accordance with clause 81.

POWERS: 4.1 The National Party of Australia shall have the following powers: (a) to provide, equip and maintain a

Federal Secretariat in Canberra to promote the objects and policies of the Party (b) to take such steps by personal or written appeals, public meetings or otherwise as may from time to time

be deemed expedient for the purpose of procuring contributions to the funds of the Party in the form of donations, annual subscriptions and

otherwise (c) to receive and accept donations and endowments of money or of any form of property whether real or personal

provided that no donation subscription or endowment may be received or accepted if it is subject to any condition relating to the exercise by any member of the Party holding public office of the powers or entitlements of such office (d) to produce, publish, issue and

distribute gratuitously or otherwise such books, newspapers, pamphlets, periodicals and other literature to promote the objects and policies of the Party (e) to invest any moneys of the Party in

such manner as may from time to time be determined (f) to borrow money with or without security for the purpose of carrying

out and exercising any of the objects or powers of the Party, and also to lend money to such persons, companies or bodies on such terms as may seem expedient and to

guarantee the performance of contracts by any person, company or body (including the payment or repayment to any bank or other

lender on demand or otherwise of any moneys, loans, advances or banking accommodation and interest and charges) and to mortgage

charge or otherwise encumber the whole or any part of the property of the Party in support of any such

guarantee (g) to engage and dismiss employees and agents of the Party and fix their remuneration and terms of

employment unless otherwise specified in this Constitution (h) to grant and pay pensions, salaries, gratuities or other payments to any

person in recognition of services rendered to the Party (i) to do all such acts and things as are or may be incidental or conducive to

the attainment or furtherance of any of the objects or the exercise of any of the powers as set out in this Constitution or otherwise for

furthering the interests of the Party. 4.2 The National Party of Australia is formed to carry out the objects above mentioned and not for the purpose securing

pecuniary profit to the members from the transactions thereof. 4.3 The income and property of the Party whencesoever derived shall be applied

solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Party as set forth in this Constitution and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly

by way of profit to the members of the Party, provided always that nothing herein contained shall prevent the payment in good faith of remuneration whether by way of salary or honoraria or otherwise in

return for any service actually rendered to or on behalf of the Party, to any officers or servants of the Party or to any member thereof or other person. 4.4 If upon the winding up or dissolution of the

Party there remains after satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any property whatsoever the same shall be paid or distributed amongst any continuing

Affiliated Parties or transferred to other organisations having objects similar to the objects of the Party and which shall prohibit the distribution of its or their

income and property among its or their members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the Party under or by virtue

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of this Constitution, such organisations to

be determined by the Federal Council of the Party at or before the time of dissolution and in default thereof by such

Court or Judge as may have or acquire jurisdiction in the matter.

ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE: 5. The organisational structure of the National Party of Australia is as follows: (a) Federal Council, which is the

supreme governing body (b) Federal Management Committee, which is the body having responsibility for the day to day

management of the affairs of the National Party of Australia (c) Federal Conference (d) Federal Parliamentary National Party (e) Affiliated Parties (f) Associated Organisations (g) Women's Federal Council (h) Young National Party of Australia.

FEDERAL COUNCIL: 6. The supreme governing body of the National Party of Australia shall be Federal Council.

Powers of Federal Council: 7. Federal Council shall: (a) have the responsibility for the formulation and adoption of Federal

policies not inconsistent with policy adopted by Federal Conference and for that purpose to formulate a Federal

platform embodying the objects and policies of the Party (b) alter this Constitution in accordance with clause 83 of this Constitution (c) establish advisory committees for such

purposes as it shall think fit (d) provide the Federal Management Committee with such general

recommendations concerning the management of the National Party of Australia as it shall think fit (e) set fees and other contributions

payable by the Affiliated Parties from time to time on the recommendation of the Federal Management Committee (f) subject to the powers of the Federal

Management Committee, admit parties or organisations to affiliation or association, in accordance with

clauses 68 and 71 of this Constitution (g) terminate the affiliation or association of Affiliated Parties or Associated Organisations in accordance with

clauses 73 and 74 of this Constitution

(h) receive and consider reports and recommendations of the Federal Management Committee

(i) consider motions submitted for consideration of Federal Council by: — Federal Management Committee — Federal Parliamentary National

Party -- Affiliated Parties — Women's Federal Council — Young National Party of Australia. (j) appoint such persons, if any, as it may

from time to time determine, as Trustees of the National Party of 81 of this Constitution (k) appoint annually the auditors of the

National Party of Australia (I) exercise such other powers as may be provided for by this Constitution. (m) from time to time, upon the

recommendation of Federal Management Committee, make awards to eminent individuals to recognise their outstanding contribution to the National Party of Australia and particularly to its Federal Organisation and its role in the affairs of Australia.

Federal Council Membership: 8. Federal Council shall consist of the following: (a) the Federal Leader

(b) the Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary National Party (c) the Senate Leader of the Federal Parliamentary National Party (d) all other Senators and Members of the

Federal Parliamentary National Party (e) the Parliamentary Leader of each Affiliated Party (f) the President or Chairman of each

Affiliated Party (g) three delegates of each Affiliated Party (h) two women delegates of the Women's

Section of each Affiliated Party. Where an Affiliated Party does not have a Women's Section, two women delegates of that Affiliated Party (i) two delegates of the Young National

Party of Australia of each Affiliated Party. (j) the Federal President (k) the Federal Senior Vice-President

(I) the Federal Secretary (m) the Federal Treasurer (n) the immediate past Federal President (o) the President of the Women's Federal

Council

(p) the Federal President of the Young

National Party of Australia (q) the Chairman of the Policy Review Committee all of whom shall be members of Federal

Council until such time as another person is elected or appointed in their place.

Alternates: 9.1 A State Parliamentary Leader may appoint another member of his Parliamentary Party to attend and vote as his

representative at meetings of Federal Council at all times when he is not present. 9.2 In addition to appointing delegates, the Affiliated Parties, the Women's Sections of each Affiliated Party and the Young

National Party of Australia of each Affiliated Party may appoint alternates to attend and vote at meetings of Federal

Council at which the delegate for whom the alternate has been appointed is not present. 9.3 No delegate or alternate delegate shall be entitled to represent more than one Affiliated Party. 9. 4 All delegates and alternate delegates shall

be financial members of the Affiliated Party, Women's Section or Young National Party of Australia, by which they are appointed. 9.5 Except as provided by this clause, no

member of Federal Council shall be entitled to appoint a representative to attend or vote at meetings of Federal Council at times when he is not present.

Meetings of Federal Council: 10. There shall be an annual meeting of Federal Council at such date, time and place as decided by the Federal

Management Committee.

Election of Officers: 11.1 Federal Council shall elect annually from its number a Federal President, who shall not be a sitting member of any Parliament

in Australia.

11.2 Federal Council shall elect annually from its number a Senior Federal Vice-President. 11.3 Federal Council shall elect annually from

its number one Vice-President from each Affiliated Party as nominated by that Affiliated Party. 11.4 Federal Council shall elect annually a

Federal Treasurer and a Federal Secretary, who shall each be a financial member of an Affiliated Party, but who

need not otherwise be a member of Federal Council. 12.1 The Federal President, the Senior Federal Vice-President, the Vice-Presidents of the

Affiliated Parties, the Federal Treasurer and the Federal Secretary shall each hold office until the close of the next annual meeting of Federal Council. 13.No member of Federal Council may be a

member of any other political party or political organisation, unless that member is a member in accordance with Clause 42 (b)

Quorum and Voting Procedures: 14. A quorum for a meeting of Federal Council shall be one-quarter of its members including:

(i) members who are delegates of not less than three (3) Affiliated Parties, and (ii) Not less than one-quarter of the

members of the Federal Parliamentary National Party.

15. All members of Federal Council shall have a vote on all motions put to Federal Council. 16.1 The Federal President shall be the

chairman of Federal Council. 16.2 At all times at which the Federal President is not present at meetings of Federal Council the Senior Federal Vice-President

shall chair the meeting. 16.3 If at any time the Federal President and the Senior Federal Vice-President are absent from a meeting of Federal Council

Federal Council shall elect one of the Vice-Presidents to chair the meeting. 16.4 In the case of an equality of votes on any motion at a meeting of Federal Council,

the chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to his deliberative vote. 17.1 In the event of the death, resignation or retirement of the Federal President, the

Senior Federal Vice-President shall become the Acting Federal President of the National Party of Australia, unless the Federal Management Committee appoints another member of Federal Council to fill the casual vacancy. The person so

appointed shall hold office until the next annual meeting of Federal Council. 17.2 In the event of the death, resignation or retirement of the Senior Federal Vice-

President, the Federal Management Committee shall appoint one of the Vice-Presidents of Federal Council to fill the casual vacancy. 17.3 In the event of the death, resignation or

retirement of the Federal Secretary or the

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Federal Treasurer, Federal Management

Committee shall appoint a member of Federal Council to fill the casual vacancy. 18. Except as otherwise specifically provided for by this Constitution all decisions of

Federal Council shall be decided by a simple majority of those members who, being present and entitled to vote, vote on the resolution. 19. Minutes shall be kept of the proceedings

of each meeting of Federal Council and shall be signed as a correct record thereof by the chairman of the meeting.

Special Meetings of Federal Council: 20.1 Additional meetings of Federal Council which shall be special meetings, may be convened in accordance with clause 20.2

of this Constitution. 20.2 A special meeting of Federal Council shall be convened by the Federal President forthwith upon the Federal Secretary

receiving a request in writing to convene such a meeting from: (a) not less than thirty (30) members of Federal Council, including not less than

one-quarter of the Federal Parliamentary National Party, or (b) three (3) Affiliated Parties, or (c) Federal Management Committee. 20.3 Special meetings of Federal Council shall

be held in Canberra.

Convening of annual and special meetings of Federal Council: 21.1 Not less than sixty (60) days' notice in writing shall be given of each annual

meeting of Federal Council. 21.2 Not less than twenty one (21) days' notice shall be given of each special meeting of Federal Council. 21.3 Not less than forty five (45) days prior to

the annual meeting of Federal Council and not less than ten (10) days prior to a special meeting of Federal Council, the Affiliated Parties, the Women's Sections of

each Affiliated Party and the Young National Party of Australia of each Affiliated Party shall nominate their delegates to Federal Council by notice in writing to the Federal President, lodged with the Federal Secretariat. 21.4 If, in the interests of the National Party of

Australia, the Federal Management Committee deems it necessary to postpone the holding of a Federal Council Federal Management Committee may do so by notice in writing to the Affiliated

Parties, the Federal Parliamentary National Party, the Women's Federal

Council and the Young National Party of Australia.

FEDERAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: 22. The day to day management of the affairs of the National Party of Australia shall be the responsibility of the Federal

Management Committee.

Powers of Federal Management Committee: 23. The Federal Management Committee shall have the power to do all things necessary in the day to day management

of the Party to achieve the objects and policies of the Party, including the power to: (a) review the fees and other

contributions payable by Affiliated Parties and make recommendations to Federal Council (b) foster the establishment, development

and growth of Branches and electoral structures of the National Party of Australia in States and Territories where there is no Affiliated Party, and for that purpose to make regulations governing the powers of operation of such Branches and structures, which

regulations shall have effect as if they were provisions hereof (c) endorse candidates for Federal elections and Federal by-elections on

behalf of the National Party of Australia in States and Territories where there is no Affiliated Party (d) decide to admit, reject or refer to

Federal Council applications for affiliation from organisations in States or Territories where there is no Affiliated Party (e) reschedule meetings of Federal

Council or Federal Conference pursuant to clauses 21.4 and 40.3 of this Constitution (f) establish subcommittees and receive

reports for such purposes as it shall think fit (g) appoint persons to fill casual vacancies in accordance with clause

17 of this Constitution (h) exercise such other powers as may be provided for by this Constitution. (i) recommend to Federal Council the

conferring on eminent individuals of awards of: - the Earle Page Medal - a Distinguished Service

Certificate

- a Certificate of Appreciation

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on the basis of criteria it may

determine.

Membership of Federal Management Committee: 24. The members of the Federal Management Committee shall be:

a) the Federal President b) the Senior Federal Vice-President c) the Federal Leader d) the Deputy Leader of the Federal

Parliamentary National Party e) the Senate Leader of the Federal Parliamentary National Party f) the Federal Treasurer

g) the Federal Secretary h) the President or Chairman of each Affiliated Party i) the President of the Women's Federal

Council

j} the President of the Young National Party of Australia k) the immediate past Federal President 1) the Chairman of the Policy Standing

Committee, ex-officio.

Meetings of Federal Management Committee: 25. The Federal Management Committee shall meet at least quarterly, at such date, time and place as decided by the Federal

President.

Quorum and Voting Procedures: 26. A quorum for a meeting of the Federal Management Committee shall be six (6). 27. All members of the Federal Management

Committee shall have a vote on all motions put to the Federal Management Committee. '28.1 The Federal President shall be the

chairman of the Federal Management Committee. 28.2 At all times at which the Federal President is not present at meetings of the Federal

Management Committee the Senior Federal Vice-President shall chair the meeting. 28.3 If at any time the Federal President and the Senior Federal Vice-President are

absent from a meeting of the Federal Management Committee, the Committee shall elect another of its members to chair

the meeting.

28.4 In the case of an equality of votes on any motion at a meeting of the Federal Management Committee, the chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to his deliberative vote. 28.5 In the event of the President or Chairman

of any Affiliated Party being unable to attend a meeting of the Federal Management Committee, he may appoint

for that meeting only, in writing, a nominee who must be a VicePresident of the Affiliated Party. 29. All decisions of the Federal Management

Committee shall be decided by a simple majority of those who, being present and entitled to vote, vote on the resolution. 30. Minutes shall be kept of the proceedings

of each meeting of the Federal Management Committee and shall be signed as a correct record thereof by the chairman of the meeting.

FEDERAL CONFERENCE: 31. A Federal Conference shall be convened by the Federal Council at least once in the life of every Federal

Parliament, or at least once every three (3) years, at such time and place as determined by Federal Council.

Powers of Federal Conference: 32. Federal Conference shall: (a) adopt policy for the National Party of Australia by considering and voting

on such policy motions as may be submitted by: (i) Federal Council (ii) Federal Management

Committee (iii) Affiliated Parties (iv) Federal Parliamentary National Party (v) Federal Electorate Councils

(vi) Women's Federal Council (vii) Young National Party of Australia. (b) receive addresses from the Federal Leader, the Federal President and other speakers as determined by

Federal Council or the Federal Management Committee (c) receive such reports as Federal Council or the Federal Management

Committee may wish to make (d) consider such matters as the chairman of Federal Conference may permit.

Delegates to Federal Conference: 33. Federal Conference shall consist of: (a) all members of Federal Council (b) three (3) members of each Federal

Electorate Council of an Affiliated Party nominated by each Federal Electorate Council (c) three (3) delegates from each Federal electoral division in which an Affiliated

Party nominated a candidate for the House of Representatives at the last Federal election or Federal by-election, other than a Federal electoral

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division for which the Affiliated Party

has a Federal Electorate Council. The delegates shall be members of the Affiliated Party who reside in the relevant Federal electoral division (d) such farther delegates not being

greater than three (3) of each Federal electoral division, where either the Federal Management Committee has recognised electoral structures in

accordance with clause 23 (b) or has endorsed a candidate in accordance with clause 23 (c) of this Constitution (e) three (3) delegates being members of the State or Territory Parliamentary National Party of each Affiliated Party nominated by members of the State or Territory Parliamentary National Party (f) two (2) women delegates from each Affiliated Party nominated by the Women's Federal Council who are not

members of Federal Council (g) two (2) delegates from each Affiliated Party being members of the Young National Party of Australia, who are not

members of Federal Council, nominated by the Federal Council of the Young National Party of Australia. 34. No member of or delegate to Federal Conference may be a member of any other political party or political organisation, unless that member is a member in accordance with clause 42 (b).

Quorum and Voting Procedures: 35. A quorum for Federal Conference shall be not less than 100 of those who in accordance with clause 33 of this

Constitution are entitled to attend, but including: (i) people who are delegates of not less than three (3) Affiliated

Parties, and

(ii) not less than one-quarter of the members of the Federal Parliamentary National Party 36. All members of or delegates to Federal

Conference shall have a vote on all motions put to Federal Conference. 37.1 The Federal President shall be the chairman of Federal Conference. 37.2 At all times at which the Federal President

is not present at meetings of Federal Conference, the Senior Federal Vice-President shall chair the meeting. 37.3 If, at any time, the Federal President and the Senior Federal Vice-President are absent from a meeting of Federal Conference, Federal Conference shall elect one of the Vice-Presidents to chair the meeting.

37.4 In the case of an equality of votes on any motion at a meeting of Federal Conference, the chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to his deliberative vote. 38. All decisions of Federal Conference shall

be decided by a simple majority of those people who, being present and entitled to vote, vote on the resolution. 39. Minutes shall be kept of the proceedings of each Federal Conference and shall be signed as a correct record thereof by the chairman of the meeting.

Convening of Federal Conferences: 40.1 Not less than ninety (90) days' notice in writing shall be given of the convening of a Federal Conference. 40.2 Not less than sixty (60) days prior to a

Federal Conference, the Affiliated Parties, the Women's Sections and the Young National Party of Australia shall nominate their delegates to Federal Conference by

notice in writing to the Federal President, lodged with the Federal Secretariat. 40.3 If, in the interests of the "National Party of Australia" the Federal Management

Committee deems it necessary to postpone the holding of a Federal Conference, the Federal Management Committee may do so by notice in writing to members of Federal Council.

FEDERAL PARLIAMENTARY NATIONAL PARTY: 41. There shall be a Federal Parliamentary National Party for the purposes of

promoting the objects of the National Party of Australia in the Australia Parliament. 42. The members of the Federal

Parliamentary National Party shall be: (a) Those Senators and Members of the House of Representatives being members of Affiliated Parties elected

to the Parliament of Australia upon the endorsement of Affiliated Parties in accordance with this Constitution (b) such other Senators and Members of

the House of Representatives as, with the approval of members of the Federal Parliamentary National Party,

are admitted to membership of that Party. Officers of the Federal Parliamentary National Party: 43.1 Officers of the Federal Parliamentary

National Party shall be: (a) the Federal Leader (b) the Deputy Federal Leader (c) the Senate Leader (d) the Deputy Senate Leader

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(e)

the Whip in the House of Representatives (f) the Whip in the Senate. 43.2 The officers of the Federal Parliamentary

National Party shall be elected by that Party in such manner as it shall think fit. 43.3 The Federal Parliamentary National Party may elect or appoint other Parliamentary

officers and representatives to Parliamentary Committees and delegations as it shall think fit. POLICIES OF THE FEDERAL PARLIAMENTARY NATIONALPARTY: 44. The Federal Parliamentary National Party

shall be responsible for the implementation of the policies of the Party in the Commonwealth sphere as far as is possible. 45. The Federal Parliamentary National Party

shall consider policy decisions of the Federal Conference and Federal Council. 46. If circumstances require the Federal Parliamentary National Party to act

inconsistently with policy decisions made by Federal Conference or Federal Council, the Federal Leader shall advise the reasons for doing so to the Federal

Management Committee.

Coalition Agreements: 47. It is recognised that: (a) the objects of the National Party of Australia will be achieved by the Party

winning and maintaining Government in the Australian Parliament (b) the Federal Parliamentary National Party may decide that its prospects of

winning and maintaining Government are enhanced by it forming a coalition or alliance with another Parliamentary political party, either in Government or

Opposition (c) the Federal Parliamentary National Party may accordingly enter into, alter

the terms of, or terminate, either in Government or Opposition, a coalition or alliance with another Parliamentary political party (d) before commencing negotiations for

the purpose of entering into, altering the terms of, or terminating any such coalition or alliance, and before deciding to enter into, alter the terms of

or terminate any such alliance, the Federal Leader shall consult with the Federal Management Committee,.

whose views on the matter shall be conveyed to the members of the Federal Parliamentary National Party and shall be fully taken into account by them in making their decision.

CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO THE AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT: 48. The National Party of Australia shall endorse candidates for election to the

Australian Parliament at each Federal election and Federal by-election in such electorates as may be determined in accordance with this Constitution. 49. The endorsement of candidates for

election to the Australian Parliament in each State and Territory in which there is an Affiliated Party shall be the responsibility of that Affiliated Party. 50 Affiliated Parties shall on behalf of the

National Party of Australia: (a) determine in which Federal electoral divisions within their State or Territory candidates are to be endorsed on

behalf of the National Party of Australia. (b) determine the endorsement and method of endorsement of candidates

for a Federal election or Federal by-election within their State or Territory (c) manage the election campaign within their State or Territory, in coordination

with the Federal Campaign Director (d) direct and supervise all campaign advertising within their State and Territory in coordination with the

Federal Campaign Director (e) establish a programme for the collection of funds necessary to finance the Federal campaign within their State

or Territory.

51. The Federal Campaign Director shall be responsible for coordinating with Affiliated Parties and Associated Organisations all matters pertaining to Federal election,

Federal by-election and Federal referendum campaigns. 52. Candidates endorsed for election to the Australian Parliament by Affiliated Parties

or the Federal Management Committee shall abide by this Constitution and support the policies of the National Party of Australia as espoused by the Federal Parliamentary National Party. 53. No Affiliated Party shall endorse

candidates for election to the Australian Parliament in Federal electoral divisions other than those within its own State or Territory. 54. In States and Territories in which there is

no Affiliated Party, the Federal Management Committee may endorse candidates on behalf of the National Party of Australia.

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FEDERAL SECRETARIAT:

55. There shall be a Federal Secretariat of the National Party of Australia, which shall be situated in Canberra, and shall be made up of the Federal Director and such staff and facilities as the Federal Management

Committee may determine. 56. The Federal Director shall be: (i) the chief executive officer in charge of the Federal

Secretariat

(ii) unless otherwise determined by the Federal Management Committee, the Federal Campaign Director for all

general Federal election and Federal referendum campaigns (iii) the registered officer of the Party for the purposes of the

Commonwealth Electoral Act.

57.1 The terms of employment of the Federal Director shall be determined from time to time by the Federal Management Committee. 57.2 The Federal Director shall be appointed

by the Federal Management Committee acting in consultation with the Federal Leader. 58. The Federal Secretariat shall perform

such functions as required by the Federal Leader and the Federal Management Committee including: (a) provision of administrative, research

and support facilities as required to the Federal Parliamentary National Party, Federal Council, Federal Management Committee, Federal Conference, Women's Federal Council and Young National Party of Australia (b) arranging facilities for and

coordinating meetings of Federal Council, Federal Conference and Federal Management Committee, and maintaining minutes of such meetings (c) preparing and publishing material

aimed at further promoting the National Party of Australia (d) any other activities required by the Federal Leader and the Federal

Management Committee to assist the National Party of Australia to maintain and increase its representation in the Australian Parliament. 59. The Federal Secretariat shall perform its

functions in accordance with an annual budget and separate election budgets as determined by the Federal Management Committee. 59(A) There shall be a Policy Standing

Committee of Federal Council which shall

coordinate and monitor the development of policy and philosophy, and make recommendations to Federal Council in relation to the same. The Policy Standing Committee shall comprise: (a) A Chairman, who shall be elected by

Federal Council and who shall be ex officio, a member of the Federal Management Committee; (b) the Federal Parliamentary Leader and

his Deputy; (c) the Federal President and Senior Vice President; (d) The President of Women's Federal

Council and the Federal President of the Young National Party of Australia; and (e) such other members as are appointed by Federal Council. FEES: 60. The Affiliated Parties shall pay such fees

as are determined from time to time by Federal Council in the manner and at times specified by Federal Council. 61. The amount of the fees payable by

Affiliated Parties shall be determined by Federal Council, having regard to recommendations of the Federal Management Committee and to the amount necessary to meet the costs of:

(a) convening meetings of Federal Council, Federal Management Committee and Federal Conference, other than travel, accommodation and food, and

(b) providing travel, accommodation and food for the Federal President, the President of the Women's Federal Council and the Federal President of the Young National Party of Australia whilst they are on business on behalf

of the National Party of Australia.

62. The members of or delegates to any meeting of Federal Council or Federal Conference of any Affiliated Party which has not paid the fees due by it within twenty-one (21) days prior to such meeting shall, notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, be entitled to attend but not to vote at that meeting. AFFILIATIONS:

63. An organisation in a State or Territory where there is no Affiliated Party may apply to become an Affiliated Party by application in writing to the Federal

Secretary.

64. No such organisation shall be admitted to affiliation unless it: (a) has not less than one hundred (100) financial members (b) has not less than ten (10) branches

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(c)

has subscribed to the objects and policies of the National Party of Australia and undertaken to be bound by this Constitution (d) has a constitution acceptable to the

National Party of Australia (e) is eligible for registration as a political party under the Commonwealth Electoral Act

(f) is not affiliated with any other political party or political organisation provided that Federal Council may grant an exemption from any of these provisions

as it may determine.

65. An application for affiliation shall be in such form as the Federal Management Committee may determine. 66. The Federal Management Committee

shall within thirty (30) days of the receipt of an application for affiliation decide to admit or reject the application or refer the application for decision by Federal Council

and shall forthwith notify the applicant of its decision. 67.1 If the Federal Management Committee decides to admit an organisation to

affiliation it may do so subject to such terms and conditions as it shall think fit. 67.2 If the Federal Management Committee decides to reject an application for

affiliation, no further application from the same organisation will be considered for twelve (12) months from the date of such rejection. 67.3 If the Federal Management Committee

decides to refer an application for affiliation to Federal Council, the application shall be considered at the next meeting of Federal Council. 68.1 An application for affiliation considered by

Federal Council shall only be approved upon a vote if passed by a majority of two-thirds of the members of Federal Council present and voting. 68.2 In the event of Federal Council voting

against affiliation, no further application for affiliation from the same organisation will be considered for twelve (12) months from the date of such vote. 68.3 The decision of the Federal Management

Committee or Federal Council to admit or reject an application for affiliation shall be final. 69. An Affiliated Party will notify in writing to the Federal Management Committee any

changes to its Constitution. 70. If a member of an Affiliated Party stands for election to the Senate or House of Representatives against a candidate

endorsed in accordance with this

Constitution, the Affiliated Party shall forthwith expel that member. ASSOCIATIONS: 71.1 In a State or Territory wherein there is no

Affiliated Party the Federal Council shall have the power to permit any organisation which broadly follows the objects and policies of the National Party of Australia

to associate with the Party on such terms and conditions as Federal Council may determine, providing such organisation is not affiliated with any other political party

or political organisation. 71.2 A decision to associate an organisation shall only be approved upon a vote if passed by a. majority of two- thirds of the

members of Federal Council present and voting. 72.1 Associated Organisations may send, at their own expense, such delegates or

observers as may be specified in the resolution approving the association, or a subsequent resolution of the Federal Council carried by a two thirds majority, to

Federal Management Committee, Federal Council and Federal Conference. 72.2 Delegates from Associated Organisations may participate in meetings on the same

terms as any other delegate provided that such delegates may not vote on any resolution which -(a) seeks to amend this Constitution (b) relates to the terms and conditions

upon which any Organisation affiliates or becomes associated with the Party (c) relates to the election of office bearers (d) relates to the administration of the

Party and such delegates shall not be eligible to be elected as an office bearer of the Party. ASSOCIATIONS: 73.1 If an Affiliated Party: (a) fails to comply with the terms of this Constitution (b) amends its Constitution in a manner

inconsistent with its obligations as an Affiliated Party, or (c) otherwise conducts itself in a manner inconsistent with its obligations as an

Affiliated Party an application to terminate its affiliation may be made in accordance with clause 73 of this Constitution. 73.2 An application to terminate the affiliation of

an Affiliated Party shall be made by notice in writing to the Federal Management Committee by not less than ten (10) members of Federal. Council.

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73.3 The application shall set out the detailed

grounds on which termination of affiliation is proposed. 73.4 The Federal Management Committee shall give notice of the application for

termination of affiliation and the grounds thereof to the Affiliated Party concerned and to each member of Federal Council. 73.5 The Federal Management Committee

shall convene a special meeting of Federal Council not less than thirty (30) days following the date of receipt of the application for termination of affiliation. 73.6 Federal Council may, by a vote of not less

than two- thirds of its members present and voting at a meeting of Federal Council convened in accordance with this clause vote to terminate the affiliation of an Affiliated Party. 73.7 A decision by Federal Council to terminate

the affiliation of an Affiliated Party shall become effective on the date specified in the resolution and if no such date is specified it shall become effective

immediately.

73.8 A decision by Federal Council to terminate the affiliation of an Affiliated Party shall be final.

74. Federal Council may by a vote of not less than two- thirds of its members present and voting terminate the association of an Associated Organisation.

THE NATIONAL PARTY WOMEN'S FEDERAL COUNCIL: 75. There shall be a National Party Women's Federal Council which shall consist of

women delegates from each Affiliated Party. 76. The Women's Federal Council shall meet annually immediately prior to the annual

Federal Council meeting. 77.The Women's Federal Council shall meet under its own rules and elect its own officers and may convene such other

meetings as it shall think fit. YOUNG NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA FEDERAL COUNCIL: 78. There shall be a Young National Party of

Australia Federal Council which shall consist of delegates from each Young National Party of Australia from each Affiliated Party. 79. The Young National Party of Australia

Federal Council shall meet annually immediately prior to the annual Federal Council meeting. 80. The Young National Party of Australia

Federal Council shall meet under its own

rules and elect its own officers and may convene such other meetings as it shall think fit. TRUSTEES: 81.1 Federal Council may appoint as Trustees of the Party such eminent people who have given outstanding service to the

Party as it shall think fit. 81.2 Trustees appointed by Federal Council shall hold office for such period as Federal Council may determine. 81.3 The position of Trustee shall be an

honorary position in the National Party of Australia. 81.4 Trustees shall be entitled to attend all meetings of Federal Council and Federal

Conferences and shall be entitled to speak at such meetings, but not entitled to vote. INDEMNITY: 82.1 The Federal President, Federal Treasurer,

Trustees, Federal Secretary, members of Federal Council, and any other officers or servants of Federal Council or the Federal Secretariat shall be indemnified by the

Party, and it shall be the duty of Federal Council out of the funds of the Party to pay all costs, losses and expenses which any member of Federal Council, or any officer or servant of the National Party of Australia, or the Federal Secretariat, may incur or become liable to pay by reason of any contract entered into or act or thing done by any such member or other officer or servant in the discharge of his duties authorised by Federal Council. 82.2 Federal Council may in its entire and

absolute discretion pay out of the funds of the Party any costs, losses and expenses which any member of Federal Council or other officer or servant of the Party may

incur or become liable to pay by reason of any contract entered in the discharge of his duties notwithstanding that the act or thing done by any such member or other officer or servant has not been duly authorised by Federal Council. ALTERATION OF CONSTITUTION: 83. This Constitution may be altered only on a

resolution proposed by an Affiliated Party and passed at a meeting of Federal Council by a majority of two-thirds of the members present and voting, being a

meeting of which not less than ninety (90) days' notice in writing, specifying the terms of the proposed alterations, has

been given.

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