O’Neil elected for historic third term

FEDERAL President of the Young Nationals, Councillor Cameron O’Neil, has been re-elected to the party’s federal presidency for an historic third term.

In an AGM held in The Nationals’ federal party room in Canberra, the Young Nationals remarked on their success in the last year and set goals for the next twelve months, including plans to assist with the September 14 federal election.

“We have grown as a party in the last 12 months, and I am proud of what we have achieved,” Cr O’Neil told the Young Nationals delegates.

“Our mid-year meeting was a great success and the Young Nationals in various states are re-energised and building the party’s brand.

Cr O’Neil announced Senator Nigel Scullion, The Nationals’ Deputy Leader, as the Young Nats’ Senate patron, alongside Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, as the patron in the lower house.

The Young Nationals also discussed motions for the party’s Federal Council meeting, including the successful motion calling for greater funding for mental health facilities in regional areas, such as headspace.

“The Young Nats have a great passion and understanding of the issues affecting young people in regional areas, and I am pleased our motions are helping to make a real difference in the areas they are needed most,” Cr O’Neil said.

Federal Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, who was the Young Nationals’ lower house patron in 2012/2013, chaired the party’s annual general meeting.

Roma-based Councillor, Cameron O’Neil, was elected to the party’s federal presidency, while Victorian Ruby Cameron was elected Vice President.

Cr O’Neil thanked the delegates for their support, and pledged to help the Young Nationals contribute to the party’s federal election campaign in September.