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A New England update as Barnaby Joyce dodges debates and public forums along with links to other interesting news and views

November 14, 2017 - 21:42 -- Admin

Barnaby Joyce refuses to do debates and public forums in build up to 2017 New England byelection - Northern Leader

Labor will hold an NBN forum in Tamworth on Thursday night, but don’t expect Nationals’ candidate Barnaby Joyce to be there – or at any public debates.A senior Nationals member of Mr Joyce’s campaign team confirmed the former deputy prime minister would not be participating in any public forums or debates, due to the number of “out-of-towner” candidates.“If they are serious about the election, which we don’t think they are, they will be up here campaigning all the time, not just for these one off events,” he said.“Instead, Mr Joyce will be hitting the road and talking to voters on their terms, because he’s far more interested listening to voter concerns, than the views of out of towners.”

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