Barnaby Joyce visits Guyra in lead-up to election

Barnaby Joyce (right) at the Guyra sheep and lamb sales. Photo supplied.
Barnaby Joyce (right) at the Guyra sheep and lamb sales. Photo supplied.

Barnaby Joyce, Federal member for New England, is touring his electorate before the voters go to the polls tomorrow.

He was at the Guyra sheep and lamb sales on Wednesday.

"Sheep sales are always a good reflection on the difference between the parties," Mr Joyce said.


Under the Coalition, Mr Joyce argued, farmers had received unprecedented record prices for lambs.

"If the Labor party get in, they'll shut down the live sheep trade," Mr Joyce warned.

"This pulls the rug out from the mutton market. If the mutton market falls over, the lamb market will be affected as well. You can't have too much of a discrepancy between the two protein products."

Guyra wasn't Mr Joyce's only port of call on Wednesday. He visited the Glen Innes pre-polling station in the morning, then spent the afternoon in Armidale.

Support from locals has been very good - "but," Mr Joyce said, "I never take anything for granted. That's why you go there. You make sure that people know you're not taking their vote for granted; you're getting round, and delivering for them."

This election, Mr Joyce predicted, would indeed be fought on delivery - and the Nationals had delivered facilities to Guyra such as the Kolora dementia unit.

Mr Joyce will be on the election trail right till the last moment. Friday found him visiting Niangala, a village an hour south-east of Tamworth, with a population of 142 (2011 census).

"Why would you go to Niangala? Because they vote, that's why. You've got to represent the whole of New England, not just Tamworth and Armidale."

Mr Joyce will visit the Guyra polling station at 8am on Saturday.