In a huge act of hypocrisy the National Party - who have been banging the decentralisation drum all over the country for the last 6 months - have been caught out holding their own National Conference in Canberra this weekend.

This is a clear case of don’t do what we do, but do what we say for the National Party Leader Barnaby Joyce who has spent at least $26 million in tax payer money moving the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) from Canberra to Armidale in his own electorate of New England. 

Sadly for regional Australia the National Party didn’t think it was worth spending their own money on a National Conference in a regional centre this year.

This is particularly embarrassing for Deputy Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional Development Senator Fiona Nash who has ordered all Public Service heads to report on which functions and agencies in their Departments should be decentralised from Canberra.  

Maybe the National Party Leaders should have read their own memo.

Shortly, Federal Country Labor will be holding its own national forum - in Rockhampton - on the weekend of 7 October.