NEW England will have a greater voice in federal parliament according to the new incoming member for New England Barnaby Joyce after he was re-elected deputy leader of The Nationals yesterday.
“I will try to take New England to the centre of government,” Mr Joyce said after he was returned as the deputy but this time from his new seat in the House of Representatives rather than as the Nationals’ Senate leader.
“The New England now has a senior office holder in the new government.”
Mr Joyce said he couldn’t promise that the electorate would get everything constituents wanted, but his position would give it greater capacity.
“It puts you into the leadership group of our nation,” he said.
“It’s good for New England to be there and good for the people who have the capacity to walk down Peel St and walk into the office of someone in that position.”
Mr Joyce said it was an honour he couldn’t have got without the support of the people of the New England.
“I’ll walk humbly and work hard on their behalf,” he said.
The ministerial positions have not yet been decided and Mr Joyce said he didn’t know whether he would be chosen for one of those positions.
“You don’t pick yourself for the football team,” he said.
There has been conjecture that he would get the agriculture or regions portfolio, but Mr Joyce said he left those decisions up to The Nationals leader Warren Truss and Liberal leader Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
The new government ministers are expected to be announced on Monday.