AFTER mowing down his political rivals on Saturday, new member for New England Barnaby Joyce spent yesterday mowing his lawn, relaxing with family and friends ... and awaiting a call from Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott.
Mr Joyce said if he was offered the responsibility of a ministerial portfolio, he would take it, but would accept it and not complain if he wasn’t.
“I imagine they’re going to ring and offer me a job,” he said.
“If they don’t, I’m at ease with that. It’s a question of are you going to be busy or are you going to be really busy.
Mr Joyce said a ministerial position wouldn’t necessarily mean he was away from the electorate more.
“I would be trying to do as much as I could from here,” he said.
He’s been told by supporters that if he was offered the agriculture portfolio, he had better take it.
Mr Joyce said it was much better to be in a position where he could do something, rather than have people speak to him about issues so he could speak to that particular minister about them, when he could be that minister.
He said yesterday, though, was for him to chill out and he began the day by fixing his pool pump and mowing the grass at his Loomberah home, then enjoyed lunch with friends and family at the Dungowan Hotel.
Today he would be starting to organise his office to begin serving the electorate.
“I want to offer Tamworth a front door as soon as possible,” he said. “If you worry about the small plans first, the big things look after themselves.”
Mr Joyce said serving the people of New England would not mean he’d change his State of Origin rugby league allegiance though, and would remain a Queensland Maroons supporter.
“I’m very happy that people didn’t vote according to what rugby league team I supported,” he said.