Many people ask how Nigel can be a Country Liberals Senator as well as the deputy leader of the Nationals Party. At a Federal level, the Coalition is formed by a partnership between the Liberals, the Nationals, the Country Liberals in the Northern Territory, and the Liberal National party in Queensland.
Nigel and Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs represent the Country Liberals in Federal Parliament. Nigel has sat with The National since being elected to the Senate in 2001, Natasha Griggs has sat with the Liberal Party since her election in August 2010. This arrangement has delivered significant benefits to the Country Liberals, The Nationals, and the Liberals as these parties share similar political beliefs, goals and policies.
As the shadow Minister for indigenous affairs Nigel plays an important role in advocating a behalf of Indigenous Australians in the federal arena and is a member of the shadow cabinet. Should the coalition win the 2013 election, leader of the opposition Tony Abbott has pledged to make Nigel Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
The Nationals Parliamentary team includes 12 members of Parliament and six senators including Nigel. The party's priorities of building stronger regional economies and secure communities, delivering opportunities and prosperity to regional Australians, and ensuring sustainable environment fit well with Nigel's goals as Country Liberal Senator for the Northern Territory.
Nigel sits on the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and is a 'keep Watch' Ambassador for the Royal lifesaving Society of Australia.