State Nationals reveal their policy agenda

FREEZING government fees, a fluoride investigation and raising the speed limit for provisional drivers are on the agenda for the Tasmanian Nationals.

Yesterday the party launched its state election policies and finalised three more candidates.

Anne Salt, an adult literacy support officer of New Norfolk, will join Sheffield agricultural businessman and party leader Craig Davey to contest Lyons.

Human services worker Matt Holloway and primary school business manager Penny Lane will contest the Southern seat of Franklin.

The Tasmanian Nationals would lobby for a moratorium on all government fees, including a price freeze on all water, sewerage, hydro and Motor Accident Insurance Board fees.

They would also push for the payroll tax threshold to be increased to $2 million to "invigorate the small and medium business sector".

The party also expressed concern over the use of fluoride in water supplies and would move for a parliamentary inquiry to examine its health effects.

The five-seat multi-member electorate system would be abolished under the Nationals, and replaced with a 25 single member electorate system.

State director Allison Ritchie said while affiliation with the federal National Party may occur at some point, the policies were not based on their federal counterparts.

"We have developed entirely our own policies," Ms Ritchie said.

In December the federal National Party wrote to the Tasmanian Electoral Commission requesting the "National Party of Australia - Tasmania" be deregistered as a political party.


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