The SA Nationals have a proud history of representing regional voters in this State. Two Parliamentary Leaders, Peter Blacker (1973-93) and Hon. Karlene Maywald (1997-2010) have held the State seats of Flinders and Chaffey respectively. Mrs Maywald also held several Cabinet posts including inaugural Minister for the River Murray and for (urban) Water Security.
The SA Nationals arose out of the dissociation of the parties previously conjoined in SA in the Liberal Country League. Our Party has always stood for progressive and democratic ideals, and takes pride in having appointed Helen Tiller, the first woman ever to be the State Director of any Australian political party.
We believe that major parties whose vote is largely determined by city voters should not be the arbiters of the fate of those 7 million Australians who live outside the metropolitan boundaries. The Nationals offer a set of policies based on returning regional earnings to be spent on infrastructure and planning in the regions. We were the first State National Party to adopt the 'Royalties for Regions' program which is now running so successfully under the Liberal-National Government in Western Australia.
To continue this work, we need members and supporters. Please contact us and for a very reasonable fee, become part of our important work in making sure that all Australians are taken into account when State and Federal governments plan programs and expenditure.