News

New player on the political block

Former chairman of Grain Producers Australia (GPA), Peter Mailler, is the interim chairman of the newly formed Country Party of Australia (CPA) and wants more members to join.
Former chairman of Grain Producers Australia (GPA), Peter Mailler, is the interim chairman of the newly formed Country Party of Australia (CPA) and wants more members to join.

THE next Federal Election is still more than 18 months away but one Northern NSW farmer is fronting a new political party he suggests will better represent the needs of regional Australia.

Peter Mailler, the former chairman of Grain Producers Australia (GPA), is trying to start the Country Party of Australia (CPA) and wants more members to join.

Mr Mailler, who ran for the Katter's Australian Party (KAP) at the 2013 federal election as the party's number one NSW Senate candidate, said the Country Party currently has more than 100 members but needs at least 500 to officially register.

What has driven the 43 year-old from south of Goondiwindi to take such a dramatic step?

The grain and cattle farmer said he wants to see a political party that can challenge the Nationals as a viable option for people in the bush.

"In the increasingly confusing political landscape it seems absurd to suggest that we need another new political party," Mr Mailler said on the Country Party's recently launched website.

"In truth we seem to be yearning for old style political leadership and values that work in the interests of the nation before party.

"It is in this context that the Country Party is being launched, to re-establish old party values committed to honestly serving rural and regional Australia as the most logical foundation for the future of our nation."

Agriculture Minister and deputy leader of the Nationals, Barnaby Joyce, saidhe welcomed the new party but was concerned by the criticism of the Nationals.

"There's always people in the mechanics workshop who stand at the window and give advice about how they'd fix the engine but actually when you hand them the spanner it's amazing what a stuff-up they can create," Mr Joyce said.

Topics:  barnaby joyce



Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Students take a peek at careers

Youth Directions' Career Day at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club today attracted 1200 senior high school students from the Clarence Valley and Coffs Coast.

A start for the workforce of tomorrow in Coffs Harbour

NSW Blues camp great exposure for Coffs Harbour

Blues players Josh Dugan and Robbie Farah with Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker at the Blues State of Origin camp at Novotel Pacific Bay.

Coffs Harbour in the spotlight during NSW Blues training camp

Smoke haze blankets the Coffs Coast

Smoke in lingering above the Coffs Coast

Smoke haze blankets the Coffs Coast

Latest deals and offers


Noel a shucker for oysters for 40 years

Noel Baggaley at his oyster lease on the Brunswick River. PHOTO: KATE O’NEILL

Long-time local oyster grower Noel Baggaley shares his story.

Mayor talks Fishos vote

Mayor Denise Knight said extensive work went into her mayoral minute.

Mabey 'very pleased' on council vote

Bill Mabey congratulates councillors on their support of the Fishos

Fishos club president talks council vote

Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club president Bill Mabey talks council's vote

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest