ENG: Barnaby Thomas Gerald Joyce (born 17 April 1967), Australian politician, has been a National Party member of the Australian Senate representing the state of Queensland since July 2005. He is known for being a highly independent member of his party, having crossed the floor 19 times under the Howard coalition government.
On 17 September 2008, Joyce succeeded Nigel Scullion as the Leader of the National Party in the Senate.
Joyce was born in Tamworth, New South Wales, and was brought up in Danglemah. One of six children from a sheep-and-cattle farming family, he attended St Ignatius' College, Riverview, in Sydney. His father, James Joyce, was a New Zealander who moved to Australia to study veterinary science at Sydney University where he met Barnaby's mother, Marie, and ...
SHADOW water minister Barnaby Joyce says the Coalition stands ready to deal with the government over the Murray-Darling rescue plan, but warns he will walk away if the plan means the destruction of rural communities.
Visiting the NSW town of Griffith - the centre of irrigators' anger over the plan - Senator Joyce told The Age he was happy for the Greens to ''deal themselves out'' by rejecting the plan. But he insisted the Coalition would stay at the table.
Residents of the Murrumbidgee regional centre vented anger in a meeting yesterday to discuss the plan, arguing that environmentalists ...
BARNABY Joyce has refused to back down from the debt debate, calling for Australia to act now while it can still manage its debt or face a "day of reckoning" when debt will "manage" the nation.As Wayne Swan ridiculed the opposition finance spokesman in parliament yesterday, saying Senator Joyce "actually invented a new economic concept called `net debt gross, public and private' ", the Nationals senator targeted Labor's borrowings for its stimulus package.Two weeks ago, Tony Abbott warned Senator Joyce that he could not afford any further public mistakes or give Labor the chance to use him to ...
bibi - in poll Barnaby Joyce
The Coalition is still fragile so Abbott needs to handle Joyce and the Nationals carefullyOPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott does not need to muzzle his outspoken finance spokesman Barnaby Joyce. What he does need to do is find a way to harness Joyce's popularity as a vote winner in the run-up to this year's federal election.While the Nationals' Senate leader lacks political experience, he has significant public appeal, which he demonstrated in his campaign against the government's emissions trading scheme last year.As a Nationals backbencher in the Coalition, Joyce's strategy for one-liner attacks ...
Regional Development and Local Government left unrepresented
Yesterday the Labor party caucus called a ballot. Chaos stood and was re-elected unanimously.
Former Labor party leader, Simon Findlay Crean, Member for Hotham, said things had to come to a head and instead he lost his.
The problem we have now is that I am Shadow to a person that does not exist. There is no Minister for Regional Development. And this toxic amalgam of Green, Labor party and Independents, far from looking after regional areas, has left them completely and utterly disenfranchised.
The person who said he was going to drive through constitutional recognition of local government is now gone. The Labor party has sat on the Spigelman review, which recommended a referendum on constitutional recognition of local government at the 2013 election, for over a year. Now less than six months from an election we have no response, no legislation and no Minister.
Is this the sort of stability that the Member for New England, Mr Windsor, and t
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Federal Government's super changes create great uncertainty for retirees
Julia Gillard is saying she is only hurting superannuation a little bit after she said she would not hurt it at all.
This is a bit like saying breaking a couple of fingers is only hurting someone a little bit. The fact is, you promised not to hurt them at all.
The Labor Government wants to increase your taxes to pay for their spending.
This week Labor borrowed another $2 billion. Today they want to raise taxes on superannuation to pay for it.
The Labor government is not spending your money wisely enough for them to deserve more of it. The Labor Party say that debt is not an issue. If that's true then why do they want to raise taxes?
The Labor Party will say that it is only a little hose from a big barrel. The problem is Labor will just increase the size of the hose in the future.
Julia Gillard promised not to raise taxes on retirees’ superannuation before the last election and have now broken another promise. You can'
Labor ignores regional Australia again
Ms Gillard has decided that the best place to understand regional Australia is from Marrickville.
Anthony Albanese hasn’t got the conviction to stand by his ally Rudd but seemingly will have the conviction to look after the interests of regional Australia. He has gained a very good grasp of it apparently from his electorate office located at 334A Marrickville Road, Marrickville.
Obviously the Member for Page, Capricornia or Lingiari are not competent enough in the Ministry. It is saying something when you get a Minister for Regional Australia from Marrickville.
When you look at it from our point of view in regional Australia, imagine if we had the Minister for Urban Issues with his electorate office in Quilpie.
It is a slap in the face of what the term regional means and nobody in regional areas can take this portfolio under Gillard seriously any more.
Five Coalition Shadow Cabinet Ministers are based in regional Australia as opposed to none from Labor. How can th