THE Nationals’ federal council, the party’s supreme governing body, will meet in Canberra this weekend.
The issues to be debated include a bid by the Young Nationals to abolish the national curriculum and allow the states and territories to take responsibility.
Under its current policy, the party supports an “Australia-wide curriculum that has emphasis on the three Rs and includes citizenship education, lifestyle training and health”.
Nationals senator Ron Boswell last year described the curriculum as a “learner manual for international socialism”.
All of the states, including three with Liberal-National governments, have agreed to implement the national curriculum, with parts of it to start in 2012 and most of it to be in place by 2014.
Party members will also be asked to back Labor’s proposed national disability insurance scheme in partnership with the states and territories.
The Victorian arm of the party will push for an independent national disaster fund to be set up.
The council will hear from state and federal Nationals leaders, as well as one of the party’s major financial backers, mining magnate Clive Palmer.
The meeting will be broadcast live online.