Barnaby Thomas Gerald Joyce (born 17 April 1967) is an Australian politician, has been a member of the Australian Senate representing the state of Queensland since July 2005. He represented the National Party of Australia until the Queensland divisions of the Liberal and National parties merged into the Liberal National Party of Queensland in 2008, although remains Leader of the National Party in the Senate. He is known for being a highly independent member of his party, having crossed the floor nineteen times under the Howard coalition government.
On 17 September 2008, Joyce succeeded Nigel Scullion as the Leader of the National Party in the Senate. In April 2013 Joyce was preselected by the National Party to contest the House of Representatives seat of New England at the September 2013 election.
Joyce was elected to the Senate in the 2004 election representing the National Party; his term commenced on 1 July 2005 and ran until 30 June 2011. He was re-elected at the 2010 election, where he stood on a combined Liberal National Party ticket.
In September 2008, Joyce replaced Nigel Scullion as Leader of the Nationals in the Senate, and stated that his party in the upper house would no longer necessarily vote with their Liberal counterparts in the upper house, which opened up another possible avenue for the Labor government to pass legislation. He was able to gain the majority support of the five Nationals (including one CLP) Senators through Fiona Nash and John Williams.
The takeover was not expected nor revealed to the party until after it took place.
Joyce was re-elected in the 2010 election on a joint LNP ticket with Senators Brandis and Mason and is the Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water and retained the role as leader of the Nationals in the Senate.
On 13 April 2013, Joyce won the Nationals preselection for the House of Representatives seat of New England in New South Wales, for the September 2013 election. The seat is currently held by independent politician Tony Windsor. Joyce has said he will resign from the Senate in order to contest the lower house seat. Should he win the seat, he would become the first person to have represented one state in the Senate and a different state in the House of Representatives. On 25 May 2013, Barry O'Sullivan was selected to replace Barnaby Joyce in the Senate.
September 17, 2010