By-election circus winds up Saturday
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