LABOR’S RETIREE TAX

Labor wants to abolish tax refunds on share dividends. When retirees and low income earners get a refund on share dividends, it’s because the tax has already been paid by the company. Under Labor, retirement savings would be taxed three times – going into super, in the fund and then again in retirement. This is…

LABOR’S ELECTRICITY TAX

Labor wants to raise Australia’s emissions reduction target to 45% – far beyond our international commitment of 26-28%. This would require Australia to go far beyond the rest of the world. Bill Shorten also wants to replicate South Australian Labor’s 50% renewables target on a national level. Labor’s policies would mean higher power prices and…

KATRINA HODGKINSON FOR GILMORE

An infectious passion for her community and two decades’ experience will be drawn upon as former NSW Government Minister Katrina Hodgkinson launched her campaign as The Nationals’ candidate for Gilmore. Joining Katrina in Moruya today, Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals’ Leader Michael McCormack said he is delighted Katrina will contest the seat of Gilmore for…

TASMANIAN NATIONALS ANNOUNCE CANDIDATE FOR BASS

The new voice for regional Tasmania has been strengthened this week with The Nationals announcing a candidate for Bass today. Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals’ Leader Michael McCormack said local pharmacist and community leader Carl Cooper has been preselected to contest the seat. “Carl Cooper is exactly the sort of candidate The Nationals need in…

ANDREW GEE APPOINTED ASSISTANT MINISTER

Experience in state and federal politics delivering for Central West communities will be drawn upon as Calare MP Andrew Gee joins The Nationals’ frontbench line-up as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister. Appointing Mr Gee as his Assistant Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said Mr Gee’s years of delivering for…

VALE PAUL NEVILLE

Australian politics is poorer with the passing overnight of one of The Nationals’ finest, Paul Neville. The former long-serving Member for Hinkler in Queensland was ill for several months and passed away earlier today, aged 78. Paul is survived by wife Margaret and their five children, Gavin and Gaye (twins), Sally, Peter and Paul (twins).…

STATEMENT ON LNP PRESIDENT GARY SPENCE

Federal President of The Nationals the Hon Larry Anthony today thanked LNP President Gary Spence for his dedicated service to Queensland politics and strong leadership of the LNP organisation. Mr Anthony said the LNP organisation had been a powerful federal campaigning outfit under Mr Spence’s leadership with a remarkable 2016 Federal Election result that saw…

TRANSFORMATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SET TO GROW OUR REGIONS

A range of transformational regional infrastructure projects are a step closer to becoming a reality with applicants asked to submit full business cases for approval under the Australian Government’s highly anticipated $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Regional Growth Fund will…

ADDITIONAL $75 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR DROUGHT HIT COMMUNITIES

Drought affected communities will soon see relief flowing in the form of $1 million in grants to Local Government areas to help stimulate regional and rural economies. The Drought Communities Programme extension grant hub opened last week and drought impacted councils have already begun submitting their applications. Nearly one third of eligible councils have started…