Barnaby Joyce lashes out at Pauline Hanson over election

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has thrown his hat into the ring and called on voters to abandon Pauline Hanson

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has thrown his hat into the ring and called on voters to abandon Pauline Hanson and other minor party candidates come election day.

A lot of talk as been had about the new preferences system in the run up to the election, with many people worried we could be headed for another hung parliament filled with minor parties and independents holding the balance of power.

With less than two weeks of campaigning left, Mr Joyce who has urged people to rethink voting for Ms Hanson and other minor parties saying it could lead to huge troubles in parliament down the track.

Ms Hanson is expected to win a seat in the Queensland Senate – her first since 1996 – meaning Mr Joyce’s worst nightmare could soon become a reality.

“Now, Ms Hanson will run her race. The others will run their race too,” he told the National Press Club in Canberra.

“I think that after the fury and the colour, people may quietly just assess what is truly not only in Queensland’s interests but, most importantly, what truly is in our nation’s interests.

“Because, remember, so often you are not just voting for your electorate. You are not just voting for your Senator, you are voting for the nation of Australia.
“You have a responsibility to the nation … like all the men and women who served our nation.

“Why do they do it? Because they believe in this nation. So, vote for your Senator, vote for your electorate, but first and foremost vote for your nation.”

His call to arms comes at the same time he is fighting to hold onto his own seat in New England, NSW, facing stiff competition from independent candidate Tony Windsor.

Unwilling to let it rest, he went on to tell the audience that minor parties only bring chaos into parliament and “do nothing for their communities”.

“A similar battle is being waged in the Senate against chaotic independents and micro parties that feed off the celebrity of an election campaign but once elected are unaccountable, obstructionist and do nothing for their communities,” said Mr Joyce.

While some of come out to support Mr Joyce’s statement, others have suggested he is running scared from the competition.

After all, isn’t the point of our political system that everyone can have a fair go as part of the democratic process?

What do you think about Barnaby’s comments?

Do you think Australia would be better off without minor parties and independents? Or do we need them to keep the major parties in check?

  1. chrism  

    Joyce and Windsor have both sold out to CSG so there is no hope for our small community. I’ll be going with Pauline.

    • Deborah  

      Be scared Barnaby. …be very scared. .bye bye..go Pauline Hanson.

  2. Valerie Bush  

    By by Barnaby hallo ALA and one Nation

    • Marcus F.  

      Cya Barnaby! Its time for the three major parties to cop a big hit at the polls. Anything is better than the merry-go-round circus we’ve had over the last 100 years. It definately time for a change! Go Pauline, give ’em hell at the election!

  3. Sandra  

    So sad Barnaby maybe you can find a job that suits you and let us get on with our lives

  4. rikda  

    “minor parties only bring chaos into parliament and “do nothing for their communities”.
    That has to be the June version of hypocrite of the month
    By gee. they don’t like sharing deals with loose canons do they.
    All the ducks in a row.
    Ship shape & PARTY fashion. Tosser.
    Go find some drunks to bounce Deputy Dorg. Bye.

  5. Mr Barnaby, perhaps if you guys would listen to the people then this would not have occurred ,, before it became the done thing, people could vote for who-so-ever they believed, now if I vote for a minor party ,my vote could go to the party I dislike , it may be time to start doing the job you lot are being overpaid for, LISTEN to the people,

  6. peter johnson  

    Saw your colors on Q&A the other night..bye bye

  7. Pam Bodger  

    Yes, they are all running scared now. Sorry, but at last we the people are listening, learning, taking it all aboard. I am not voting any of the 3 major parties. Time for a shakeup.

  8. Neta Williams  

    Mr Joyce you were elected by the people to look after the people of Australia. As a man of the land you have done nothing to protect our farming lands as you still permit coal and gas seekers to ruin our land. Grow some b…. and stand up for the men and women who work on the land. Maybe you are afraid that Pauline might protect us better than you ever have.

  9. Julie Raleigh  

    Time we had someone in working for the people not themselves. ( Go Pauline) and other minor parties, keep them straight and look after tax payer dollars.

  10. Mary  

    Thank God I don’t live in New England electorate and have to choose between Dumb & Dumber.

  11. Alan Thomas  

    I don’t have a problem with you at all Barnaby you have done well. But we seem to have bad government at the moment. The previous government introduced a new low to government which the LNP seems to have continued on with and that is a disappointing. There will big changes this time around and it wont be for the better either. But I hope somebody listens and wakes up. You wont be the loser we the voting public will be the losers. which ever way this election goes. That is a concern

    • Wendy wilkinson  

      This country needs a big change all around , we need someone to stick up for us people ,after all we are the workers, pauline has nothing to lose , go for it & give it the best shot pauline hanson , show barnaby & the rest how to treat australians respectfully, good luck one nation.

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