Delegates at the Nationals WA annual State Conference have voted to reject the McGowan Government’s “one vote, one value” system. The announcement the voting reform would be introduced into the Upper House of State Parliament was met with an immediate backlash from the Nationals, who said it was a “push to silence regional voices”. At the conference held in Northam, Nationals WA leader Mia Davies moved to affirm the party’s intent to oppose the reform. Bunbury-based Nationals MLC James Hayward said the party wanted to sort the issue out as soon as possible. “This is the No.1 focus for the Nationals, and should be for all of Western Australia,” he said. “What Labour is proposing is the biggest attack on regional voices in the State’s history. “At the moment we have 18 members who are from the regions, and their proposal basically does away with all of them.” Mr Hayward said some communities would miss out on contributing to democracy because of the reform. “The reality is that in towns across regional WA, it will ultimately mean a massive drop in representation,” he said. “Whilst everybody who is a politician in the Upper House might be keen to go to Broome . . . what about other places? “Who’s going to go to Boyup Brook and talk to our community?” Ms Davies said Labor was abusing the power given to it by the WA people at the March election, denying people the chance to have a say. “The Premier has treated the public with contempt and disdain, forging ahead with changes he denied were on the agenda just days before the election,” Ms Davies said. Ms Davies said Mark McGowan continued to peddle the line that reform was needed because a Daylight Saving Party MP was elected with just a handful of votes. The party supported sensible reform to address this issue, but could not support a Bill that also removed regional representation in the Legislative Council, she said. “Regional Labor MPs have abandoned their electorates to toe their party line, and they should be held to account for this betrayal,” Ms Davies said.