By-elec­tion cir­cus winds up Satur­day

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

WHILE one elec­tion may be all over bar the fi­nal count, there’s a war rag­ing just over the border.

The bat­tle for the NSW fed­eral elec­torate of New Eng­land will be de­cided on Satur­day with vot­ers from nearby Lis­ton and Legume, all the way down to Scone and Quirindi in the south, head­ing to the polls.

The by-elec­tion on De­cem­ber 2 was sparked af­ter the High Court ruled that sit­ting mem­ber and for­mer Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce held New Zealand cit­i­zen­ship when he was elected.

Joyce’s un­rav­el­ling has brought forth a po­lit­i­cal cir­cus with a record 17 can­di­dates hop­ing to pinch the seat off of the Na­tional Party leader.

You have ev­ery­thing from the wildly named Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow run­ning for the Science Party, to the con­ser­va­tive Rise Up Aus­tralia Party.

Lis­ton prop­erty and busi­ness owner Peter Bon­ner said he just wants a re­turn to sta­bil­ity.

“It’s rather frus­trat­ing to see what’s go­ing on in Can­berra.

“We just hope to get some­one in the New Eng­land, as we’ve had in the past, who looks af­ter us up in this north­ern re­gion. Put some money into roads.

“We re­ally just want to see sta­ble gov­ern­ment like ev­ery­body else,” he said.

He feels Mr Joyce will al­most cer­tainly re­tain the seat.

“He cer­tainly should re­tain his seat,” he said.

“I don’t know much about the other can­di­dates to be quite hon­est. You don’t know with pref­er­ences where they’re go­ing to go... could do crazy things like what they’ve done in Queens­land.”

Polling places open at 8am and close at 6pm sharp and vot­ers can cast their bal­lot at Jen­nings Pub­lic School, Legume Hall or the Lis­ton Hall on Satur­day.

We re­ally just want to see sta­ble gov­ern­ment like ev­ery­body else.

— Peter Bon­ner

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