Barnaby Joyce ready for by-election fight

Barnaby Joyce ready for by-election fight | Glen Innes Examiner

Barnaby Joyce is expected to be officially endorsed as the Nationals candidate for the New England by-election at a meeting in Glen Innes today. 


While other party members are entitled to put their hand up for pre-selection, Nationals New England electorate committee chair Russell Webb told Fairfax Media it was likely Mr Joyce would stand uncontested.

“We’ll call for nominations, but I doubt within our organisation anyone would want to stand against him,” Mr Webb said.

“It’ll be full steam ahead from there.”

Mr Joyce’s camp is already eyeing off a campaign office, with the lease expected to be signed soon.

“We’ll be up and running by next week,” Mr Webb said.

“Every political party knows what the challenges are in a situation like this, so it’s about being organised, disciplined and ready to go if the cards fall a certain way.

“We’ve got people on the ground ready to start campaigning and start doing the work that has to be done to ensure we get the ex-Deputy Prime Minister back as the Deputy Prime Minister.”

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Originally published 27 Oct 2017 in the Glen Innes Examiner