By Andrew Bolt ~
Janet Albrechtsen in praise of the new Deputy Prime Minister: (this article is behind a paywall, but an excerpt of this article is what Andrew mentions below)
Enter Barnaby Joyce. He’s the tonic to Malcolm’s gin. He sobers up the Coalition and the country. He reminds Malcolm that another constituency matters, too, and that this more social conservative exists not just on the backblocks of Cunnamulla.
Background from TonyfromOz.
Last week, the Leader of The National Party here in Australia retired from politics to take effect from the next election. The National Party is one of the two Conservative political parties which currently make up the Government of Australia. The National Party represents the people who live in regional and rural Australia, and while the smaller of the two parties, the leader of that party holds the position of Deputy Prime Minister. Barnaby Joyce was elected the new leader of the party, unopposed in fact. He was first elected as a Senator from Queensland in 2004, and moved from the Senate to The House Of Representatives in 2013, and represents the electorate of New England in the North Central area of the State of New South Wales.
In 2009, I also added some background for a Post about Barnaby Joyce from Andrew Bolt. That Post is at this link, and is still worthwhile reading for further information on Barnaby Joyce, perhaps one of the more respected people in politics, despite being made out to be a maverick. He speaks in a common sense way when he does have something to say, and the people like that.
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.