Barnaby is back in business
BARNABY Joyce has claimed victory in the New England by-election in what the prime minister has called the “biggest swing to a government in by-election history”.
“We’re getting the band back together,” Malcolm Turnbull said to rapturous applause at the Nationals’ election party in Tamworth.
Mr Joyce, with more than a quarter of votes counted across New England, has secured more than 63 per cent of the first preference vote.
Mr Turnbull called it a “stunning victory” before introducing a jubilant Mr Joyce to the room of supporters.
Mr Joyce said he was humbled to be given another chance at performing the “sacred duty” of governing in Canberra.
“I say to the people of New England, I don’t take anything for granted,” he said,
“I will continue to work as flat out as I have in the past.”
Mr Turnbull said he was eager for the former deputy prime minister to return to the helm of the Nationals.
CROWNED: Barnaby Joyce wins back New England seat.