ENG: The National Party of Western Australia is a political party in Western Australia. It is affiliated with the National Party of Australia but maintains a separate structure and identity.
Founded in 1913 to represent the interests of farmers and pastoralists, it was the first agrarian party in Australia to contest and win seats at the 1914 state election. Since then, it has continuously held seats in the state's Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, particularly in the state's Wheatbelt region, and for many years it also held Federal seats. While the party had historically functioned as part of a two-party coalition with the centre-right Liberal Party (and its predecessors) for most of its existence, tensions have always existed over the coalition arrangement, and on two ...
TONY Abbott has faced attack from his own Liberal Party MPs for giving the Nationals too much influence, amid growing Coalition fears that Labor's campaign to paint him as too negative is resounding with voters.
At a meeting of Liberal MPs in Canberra yesterday, the Opposition Leader was also attacked for backing Labor's plan to lift compulsory superannuation contributions, a decision he made without consulting his shadow cabinet or back bench.
Despite facing an angry grilling from several MPs, Mr Abbott slapped down his critics, reasserted his leadership rights and called for unity. Mr ...
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The West Australian opposition has accused National Party leader Brendon Grylls of misleading parliament for not disclosing he had gone on a helicopter joy-ride with mining magnate Clive Palmer.
For the past two weeks, the opposition's state development spokesman Mark McGowan has pursued Mr Grylls in parliament over his relationship with the mining billionaire and National Party donor.
At the centre of the row is whether Mr Grylls had been influenced by Mr Palmer to lift a $45 million environmental bond for his Balmoral South project in the Pilbara.
On Tuesday, Mr Grylls was asked in ...
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The West Australian National party has been accused of "significant and sustained" rorting by using money from a local government fund to pork barrel its own seats.
On Tuesday, opposition regional development spokesman Mark McGowan claimed money from the $100 million Country Local Government Fund was being spent disproportionately in National Party seats.
Mr McGowan said analysis by his party had found more than half of the fund was being spent in the five National Party-held electorates.
Meanwhile, only $14.9 million was spent in the Liberal party's six seats and $17.3 million in ...
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Time to recognise Local Business Women Nationals WA Member for Central Wheatbelt, Mia Davies MLA, is encouraging women from across the Wheatbelt to enter the 2013 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Ms Davies said the awards were an opportunity for women in business to be recognised and celebrated for their success.
“The 2013 Telstra Business Women’s Awards celebrate the leadership and innovation of business women,” Ms Davies said.
“Women across regional WA make an outstanding contribution across a wide range of fields; business owners, managers, the government sector and the community sector. Awards such as this are a great opportunity to acknowledge the work women do as leaders in regional communities.”
Entries are currently open in five categories: Business Owner Award, Private and Corporate Sector Award, Community and Government Award, Business Innovation Award and Young Business Women’s Award.
Ms Davies said the awards provided a great opportunity for regional business women
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The Nationals WA have today announced plans to expand Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pathways into regional Senior High Schools, should they win the ba...
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Injured and disabled Veterans qualify for free driver's licence The Nationals WA Member for Central Wheatbelt, Mia Davies MLA, has welcomed the State Government’s decision to grant free driver’s licences to eligible injured and disabled veterans.
Ms Davies said hundreds of Western Australian veterans would no longer have to pay a fee for their driver’s licence.
The eligibility criteria to apply for a free driver’s licence was recently widened to include veterans who hold a Totally and Permanently Impaired (TPI) or Extreme Disablement Adjustment (EDA) card, issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
“I’m pleased to see this change put into place by the State Government. I am sure it will be warmly welcomed by those eligible veterans,” Ms Davies said.
“These concessions will assist those Western Australians who have served our country to remain mobile and engaged in their communities.”
The changes, announced recently by the Minister for Transport and Minister for Veterans, will save