Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce launch campaign office in Tamworth

The Turnbull-Joyce alliance is the “closest, best team” between the Liberal and National parties the nation has seen in years, the Prime Minister said at the official opening on Barnaby Joyce’s campaign office on Tuesday.

Malcolm Turnbull didn’t take any question from the media but was happy to take selfies with punters at the local races, while heaping praise on to Mr Joyce.

“I don’t know anybody more Australian than Barnaby Joyce, and I don’t know any electorate more Australian than New England,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Barnaby and I together, have been the closest, best team you’ve seen between a Liberal and a National leader for many, many years.”

“He is a man with a vision for Australia, a vision that we share. As Prime Minister, as Barnaby’s friend and colleague, I support him to the hilt.

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While the most recent polls show Mr Joyce has strong support across the electorate, the Turnbull government has a lot riding on the New England byelection and has gone on the charm offensive – without Mr Joyce, the Coalition has lost its one-seat majority.

“Barnaby Joyce is needed back in Canberra, and I’m asking the people of New England to send him back to serve you and serve our nation,” Mr Turnbull said.