Barnaby Joyce is a champion for regional Australia and has been an outstanding leader of the National Party.
Leader of the Nationals in the Senate, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, has today paid tribute to Barnaby and thanked him for his service to the party and to the nation.
Barnaby is a truly once-in-a-generation politician. He represents and fights for the forgotten people and communities scattered across rural, regional and remote Australia.
He advocates for farmers, fishers, small business people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians across the country.
From Opposition, he successfully led the campaign against Bill Shorten and Julia Gillard’s job-destroying, economy-wrecking carbon tax.
In Government, he delivered drought relief when it was needed, he delivered an Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper to restore Labor’s savage cuts to biosecurity, he delivered new funding for water infrastructure and dams and he delivered the Inland Rail funding.
Throughout his entire career, Barnaby has been a servant to the people he fights so hard to represent.
I acknowledge the difficult decision Barnaby has made and know that he will continue to serve the interests of regional Australia and the people of New England to the best of his ability into the future.