If there is one stand out politician in this Parliament, it has to be Tony Windsor.

A David in a Goliath’s game, Windsor has put his backside on the line and if he loses his seat, it will be a crying shame.

He’s a maverick. A farmer prepared to “die on the political altar” for climate change. A conservative who sided with Labor. A negotiator who talked former Liberal speaker Peter Slipper into resigning for the sake of the Parliament.

tony-windsorIndependent MP Tony Windsor – photo by Alan Pryke, The Australian

Like the late Peter Andren (and fellow independent Rob Oakeshott), he is proof that an effective independent can rise above the dark arts of party politics and achieve reform.

And yet common political wisdom says he will be banished at the next election for daring to side with Labor, against what commentators assume is the conservative wishes of his New England electorate.

Certainly, like most rural electorates, the people of New England are inherently conservative. But they are also independent enough to have wanted to secede from the state of NSW for most of 20th century. That dream was over, as Neil Finn would say, only when it was defeated in the 1967 referendum after two royal commissions.

So it is perhaps fitting that they would throw up an independent with a certain amount of good old-fashioned country bloody-mindedness like Windsor.

For someone who has been in state and federal Parliament for 22 years, very little is said about how he came to be holding the cards.

Windsor grew up on a farm and lost his father in a farming accident when he was just eight. He credited his mother for providing him with guidance and was inspired by her courage taking on the family farm.

“She has been a great strength in that as a child growing up there was never any demarcation of class in our family,” he said in his maiden speech.

“It was not really until I was at university that I came to the recognition that some people thought they were more important than others.

“I had a family background that did not pursue that in any way at all, and I hope that is reflected in the way in which I represent the electorate.”

In a tweed coat and a hat, he looks a hell of a lot like the Nationals who so despise him.

And that is probably because he was almost preselected by that party in 1991 until allegations of drink driving were raised.

Bugger that, he declared, ran as an independent and won the state seat of Tamworth.

It happened to be the same election that Liberal premier Nick Greiner lost his majority and Windsor became one of four independents to hold the balance of power.

That time, he kept the Coalition government in power.

But it was when he was presented with another hung Parliament in 2010 that things took a different turn.

Windsor said his controversial decision to sign an agreement with Julia Gillard was based on policy terms, such as the NBN, as well as a belief that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott “would have been hopeless in a hung Parliament” because negotiating was not part of his “natural style”.


windsor-and-gillardTony Windsor with Julia Gillard – photograph via

He told Lateline this week that Gillard had done “an extraordinary job” in the hung Parliament, which required much more negotiating work behind the scenes than a majority Parliament.

Windsor has made no bones about his dislike of Tony Abbott. The independent alleged in Parliament that during 2010 private negotiations over forming government, Abbott joked “the only thing I wouldn’t do is sell my arse – but I’d have to give serious thought to it”.

And yet, he considered the Prime Minister’s recent speech to Women for Gillard “a bit constructed” even if he believes a lack of respect has developed for public office.

“We’ve got to respect people even if we mightn’t like them or we’d rather see someone else in their particular position. Democracy is something that’s very fragile.”

Windsor is facing a challenge from high profile National Party frontbencher Barnaby Joyce (pictured below), who hopes to make the leap from the Senate to the House of Representatives to fulfill future leadership ambitions.

Joyce has accused Windsor of picking up his voters on one philosophical bus and taking them to worship at another church.

Windsor countered: “If that’s the church that Barnaby wants to be in, I don’t want to go to that one because I think that’s last century’s church and the bricks and mortar are starting to get a bit weak.”

barnaby-joyceMost of the media has written off Windsor in September, nothwithstanding a margin of 21.5 percent. Windsor himself remains sanguine about his future.

Asked if he is still a conservative, he maintains the only box he fits is the pragmatic one.

“What is a conservative these days? What is a liberal? What’s the difference?”

“I’d rather be in a parliament that’s trying to do something about long-term issues like the Murray-Darling, like NBN – incredible for this century.

At the start of this hung Parliament, I wrote that country people appreciated independents who made a stand. Much of the dissatisfaction with the National Party lies in its refusal to make a stand on any issue against their senior Coalition partner.

Part of Joyce’s own appeal is that he is one of the few members who is prepared to stand apart from the Liberals on issues he believes in. His leap into New England is more evidence of this crazy brave approach.

New England may yet conjure up electoral torture on a religious scale for their longstanding MP for taking them to the wrong church.

But he can go to the stake with a clean conscience: he’s an honest broker whose dealings have restored the faith of many voters in the art of politics.




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*Gabrielle Chan is The Hoopla’s political correspondent. She is a journalist and author with more than 25 years experience, having worked most recently as a regular columnist with The Australian. She has previously worked for The Daily Telegraph, the ABC and the South China Morning Post. Gabrielle has written and edited Flickers of History, War On Our Doorstep and FEAST and is a member of the NSW Anzac Advisory Council. She blogs at and you can follow her on Twitter: @gabriellechan.

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  • Reply June 19, 2013


    *** What a man , What a man , What a Mighty Fine Man ***. Whoo Hooooo

    Anyone who votes for Barnaby ” Mumbo Jumbo”
    Joyce , is a Bum . Whoo Hooooo

    • Reply June 19, 2013


      Problem is Carole is that the Coalition WILL win the next election. I am a member of the New England and should I vote for TW I am voting for someone who has used his balance of power for great results for our region. Unfortunately he will be an enemy of the next government and will do him no favours including funding. Barnaby will be inside the government and will be better placed to secure better outcome for us. Is he a better representative, probably not, but for regional Oz it’s all about securing funding.

      • Reply June 19, 2013


        I am a fomer member of New England (Inverell) and if you ditch Tony Windsor who has been a superb representative for New England for that loud mouthed Barnaby then you deserve what you get.

        Tony Windsor has worked tirelessly in the New England area for many years and still has the New England people at heart. Why else do you think he sided with Julia Gillard against Tony Abbott? He knew what Abbott was like and he was right!

        So think twice before you put a mark for Abbott, you will just get more of the 1950’s Government, your kids will not benefit from good schooling, pensioners will suffer, the National Broadband network (which is imperative for businesses and country people) will disappear to be replaced by an antiquated system which will end up costing a mozza. Miners will benefit by not having to pay taxes and the rest of the country will be on the backfoot while big business will benefit.

        No thanks, Tony Abbott is as toxic to Australia as air pollution is and by the way China has announced today a price on carbon! Abbott the Rabbit was wrong as usual about how many countries have a carbon tax in place. Do yourself a favour and research just how many do have.

        • Reply June 19, 2013


          Manie it doesn’t matter if I put a tick for Abbott, he’s won, it’s over. Done, dusted, signed, sealed etc. How do you think a Tony Windsor New England will fare under an Abbott Coalition? Not very good me thinks!

          • June 20, 2013


            Chris, if New England votes in Joyce ahead of Windsor, it will have the same result if the LNP do win government. An LNP government will still do FA for them as it will take it for granted that New England doesn’t need sweetening up to vote for its candidate.
            I really hope the other voters of New England have the moral fortitude to vote for a candidate who has worked tirelessly for them for decades, and really does have their interests at heart. Joyce, conveniently parachuted in, has shown time and again that it is not his electorate’s interests that are closest to his heart. CSG anyone?

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    D peterson

    Honest,pragmatic,,a brilliant negotiator and prepared to defend and stand up for his constituents .
    Tony understands the meaning of being a truly honourable representative
    what a man..what a man …what a mighty man……..we need more politicians who have these qualities. male and female

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    Nel Matheson

    I applaud the people of New England for their choice of Tony Windsor as their parliamentary representative. He is a “good bloke”. An independent in the finest sense, unwavering in his vision, and true only to his ideals. I do hope they re-elect him in September.
    Barnaby Joyce would not be my choice in any competition, of any kind, for any reason.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    If New England chooses Joyce over Windsor, they’re crazy. It’s been a long time since there was anyone in Parliament with such integrity and courage. When seeing him interviewed, it’s so refreshing to see him actually answer questions. And whether I like what he’s saying, or not, I appreciate his honesty, and fervently wish there were more like him.

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    Voting for Barnaby

    The Hoopla generally moves in a parallel universe to the rest of us but this article proves how out of touch with reality you are.

    Gabrielle, I’m sure you know that the bad blood between Windsor and the Nationals runs much deeper than a drink driving charge! The bribery accusations he leveled at John Anderson under parliamentary privilege while the police investigation was ongoing and the subsequent finding that Anderson was innocent of any wrong doing ring a bell?

    As one of Windsor’s constituents I can confirm that his chances of reelection are slim. The resentment still runs high.

    For me, this quote from The Australian sums up why:

    ‘Armidale’s St Kilda Hotel, carpenter Larry Davis explained why, as Inquirer took the pulse of the electorate.

    He accused Windsor of hypocrisy for championing farmers’ rights against the resource sector, while simultaneously selling his family farm near Tamworth to a coalmine for $4.6m in 2010. This was about three times the price paid for comparable farmland, and is helping his family bankroll purchases of farmland worth $11m near Coonamble, in the neighbouring seat of Parkes.

    Windsor maintains the land is intended for farming only, although it is subject to a coal seam gas exploration application by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. Some are sceptical. “He sold his soul twice. He sold it to Labor, and then he sold his own property to a mining company,” Davis says, nursing a schooner. “Of course, now he says he’s against the miners, but that’s all fine for him, now that he’s cashed the cheque.”

    Coal seam gas is a massive issue. The Labor governments, the Ian McDonalds and Eddie Obieds are responsible for this disaster and Windsor not only sold his farm to miners, he sold his soul by supporting the ALP because of his bitterness.

    I don’t know whether you are from Windsor’s electorate, Gabrielle, but if you are, your opinion of him is not one that
    I hear.

    • Reply June 20, 2013


      Stopped reading when I got to “this quote from the Australian”

    • Reply June 20, 2013


      ONE: That your screen name is “voting for barnaby” makes your comment invalid as it comes from a rusted on idealogue.
      TWO: that you would even consider voting for Barnaby, that, that, supreme fool, that oaf, that dullard, is pretty amazing and itself speaks volumes.

      • Reply June 20, 2013

        William Z

        @ Geoffery

        You mean Barnaby who was painted as an oaf because he predicted the global financial crisis two years early and everyone called him a nut.

        And someone voting for anyone does to prove they are rusted on. I have a friend voting for Tony Abbott who despises him but sees him and his party as the better of two bad options (in his opinion).

        Your comment is itself extreme and says more about you than anyone saying that Barnaby has their vote.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Well Chris ,
    It never ceases to amaze me as to how good people in ” the bush ” are at voting against their own best interest .

    How could you possibly want to “trash ” the NBN
    Of all people , those in country areas stand to gain ” hugely ” by access to the NBN .
    For Health consultations , for their Businesses and so much more and also for the same charges as people in the cities .

    And please tell me why any Farmer would vote against ” real ” action on Climate Change ,
    They’re already paying the price of the changes in climate and surely they’ve figured that they can benefit hugely from carbon trading and in some cases from Wind Farming ; but then I’m forgetting , Conservatives are against that too .

    And another thing Chris , why oh why, would people in ” the bush ” vote against GONSKI ,
    your all bloody crazy.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Well err aah , doesnt include you , Gabrielle

    • Reply June 19, 2013


      Have you ever lived with a wind farm, Carole?

      • Reply June 20, 2013


        I dunno about a wind farm but there’s a lot of hot air coming out of the LNP. Is a wind farm anything like that?

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Have you? Vb

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    totally agree I love TW! Wish all local members were teh same!

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    Captain's Pick

    I was hoping that I’d find a tribute to Trish Crossin here. Her impassioned speech and those of her supporters warrants further comment from the feminist media. Hopefully it’s been covered elsewhere.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Gabrielle – You are on a roll. (This & the “Beyond the Crap” article. Please keep them coming!!)

    Great to see positive stories & celebrations of integrity – in this current dismal political environment.

    Tony Windsor’s (& Rob Oakeshott’s) dignity and strength of character in consistently standing up for better outcomes, keeping the bastards honest & succinctly cutting through the political & media white noise – should be celebrated.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Barnaby Joyce does not only have the Liberal Party machine behind him, he also has Murdoch and Gina Rinehart. I suspect Barnaby’s backers will throw huge amounts of money at professional muck rakers (the PR propagandist) to discredit the decent, honest and honourable, hard working Tony Windsor. If the people of New England are stupid enough to believe the propaganda (and I suspect they are) they will ‘choose’ Barnaby Joyce as their MP. I for one LOVE Tony Windsor. He is our sage, the wise man of Parliament. We are so much better for having him.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    In the midst of the crap that has been floating (excuse the pun) around in relation to politicians of late, this is a breath of fresh air. I wish I could clone Tony Windsor and spread him throughout all Australian Electorates and then maybe, just maybe we would return to a time when the wishes of the Electorate were mirrored in the Parliament.
    Tony Windsor you are a gem!

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    Gabrielle Chan

    Dear Voting for Barnaby:

    Windsor’s allegations against Anderson were made in 2004 and the federal police investigated and advised they would not prosecute in Sep 2004. There have been two federal elections since then. Voters increased his margins. Voters – locals – made their choice. Why?

    Likewise, the land sale to Werris Creek Coal was completed in Feb 2010 before the August 2010 election. Windsor says the farm was not the “food bowl” country of the Liverpool Plains and ground water interaction was not an issue. Personally, I don’t know that country well enough to judge. As to the application for CSG exploration over the land – most land in this state has that sort of just-in-case claim over it. I know our place does and there is not a CSG operation within cooee of us. In any case, the resulting debate over Windsor’s decision ran throughout the campaign and again the locals decided to give a margin of 21.5.

    I don’t live in the electorate. I agree CSG is a massive issue and the McDonald/OBeid behaviour was deplorable. Are you suggesting that Windsor was involved in the NSW Government approval of mines in that area? As a journalist, I would be interested to see any evidence of that.

    You’re probably right VFB. If you are not hearing any support on the ground, maybe Windsor will be caned. I just think, like Johnny Cash, he has “walked the line” well in a hung Parli. And it has been my long standing belief that if country voters were more willing to change their vote, a la the voters of western sydney, our rural electorates would be put into the power mix a little more often.

    I hear what you are saying about having a rep in a Coalition govt. That’s your choice. But I hope that a Coalition Govt and the National Party in particular would not penalise the people of New England no matter who their member is. Isn’t that a reverse pork barrel? Govts distribute funding all the time to every electorate. I hope that any electorate would not be penalised for voting a certain way. Like the Labor Party not spending anything in rural electorates. Does anyone have any examples of the reverse pork barrel?

    Thanks for the other comments.

    • Reply June 19, 2013


      ” But I hope that a Coalition Govt and the National Party in particular would not penalise the people of New England no matter who their member is”

      I have much less faith in both sides of politics to believe that Abbott won’t do us any favours at all and why should he. Tony has held a gun at the head of the nation for 6 years to get some great outcomes for us.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    I’d love to see Windsor and Oakshot re elected if for no other reason than to see Hadley and Jones spontaneously combust

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    Nicole Webb

    I loved this man from the day I met him in Tamworth when I was a young country journo back in 1997. He had substance and integrity and was very kind and genuine! Glad he’s stuck it out to last in the political rat race as long as he can.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    On speaking with the lations about tha lection-they said and I quote “Barnaby’s Shit, Tony Windsor is the best F..n thing that ever happened to us…. Barnaby ain’t got a chance!” They seem to be on the money.

    One of the reasons this has come to light is the hung Parliament. All Independents seem to be highly principled. The fact that our PM was prepared to negotiate and had the policies for his electorate (and really all country electorates) just proves what a great government this has been. Real Democracy at work……

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    My extended family going back to European settlement hail from Port Macquarie/Wauchope and surrounding farm lands. It is deeply, deeply conservative politically. Rob Oakeshott was pre selected, ran and won as National Party member. He left the Nats and became an Independent, and along with the other Federal Independent’s supported Gillard minority Labor government.
    Oakeshott electorate has been counting down the days till they can vote him out. Most hold him personally responsible for having a Labor government.
    The amazing thing is seeing that Oakeshott has secured more for the electorate than all other local Members combined – EVER. I say that even though two past local members were relatives of mine! A medical school based in Port Macquarie where medical students can now complete their entire degree, after some years of being able to complete part of it there. MRI and other medical technology that will be savings the lives of those keen to see the back of Oakeshott – and their children and grand children. Massive investment in infrastructure including enough to fix he deadly Pacific Highway that has claimed the lives of too many – including members of my family and another retired local member – because of its ongoing parlous state.
    Oakeshott has been an outstanding local member yet I understand he will not be standing again as he realises it would be hopeless.
    The seat will return to its do nothing knee jerk conservative National roots, and this golden phase of funding and attention to fixing multi decades problems will end.
    The conservative locals are so one eyed, they could not care less if their vote results in less medical, less education, less infrastructure or serious reduction in other services. They literally are willing to sacrifice their own and their families well being at the alter of conservatism.
    It fits my definition of madness.
    Oakeshott and Windsor have both done brilliantly for their electorates, but we live in times where being a brilliant local member, delivering in spadeloads locally, being thoughtful about the national agenda and actually being what appears to be a reasonable human being is still not enough.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Tony has done some great things not only for New England, but for Australia by holding the 2 major parties to account. a bit likt the monopoly of coles and Woolies, we get little choice in our parliament and the independents have brought some fresh vision in. Generations will benefit from the high speed, High Definition version of the NBN (FTTHome) that Windsor pushed for, amongst many other things. The bloke talks pretty damn straight for the usual media spun politicians we’re used to and yes, it makes a difference. Good on you Tony windsor, you have won a lot of respect long ago (which is more than can be said of many other pollies).

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Tony Windsor is a top bloke; Barnaby is a total arse – but not as bad as his bosses. Speaking of whom, I wonder how Abbott can be dragged out of his locker-room to front up to Gillard in all those policy debates he has been avoiding. When is someone going to hold him to account?

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    This whole idea that he should have sided with the liberals based on the conservative history of the seat is nonsense. If people had wanted the Nationals they should have voted for one. As the article says, the bottom line is that Tony has been a great advocate for the electorate and rural Australia in general, and his willingness to look beyond the 3 year election cycle shows how lucky we are to have him in Parliament.

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    Caroline B

    Totally agree with majority of comments here – wish we had more of the integrity & honesty that Tony Wndsor & Rob Oakeshott have displayed in our parliament.

    2 of the good guys & hope they both stay on after next election.

    Chris, I hear what you’re saying, but that’s more or less giving in to a threat of bullying, surely? Don’t you have a bit more fight in you or sense of integrity/ right & wrong than to just vote for a party in the hope that they don’t f*** you over if they get in, rather than who you believe is the better quality candidate?

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Captains Pick, I don’t think Trish Crossin deserves glowing tributes. After 15 years in the Senate many felt it was time for her to move on, and at least she will be replaced by another woman.

    There were three senators who praised her yesterday;

    Senator Cameron, who has been criticized by a former Senator, George Campbell, who said he got pushed out of the Senate in 2007 so Senator Cameron could take his place.

    Senator Kim Carr, a close Rudd supporter who is still sulking because he got demoted by Julia for his disloyalty.

    Liberal Senator Nigel Scullion, who shared flights (and Qantas Club Hospitality) with her to and fro NT.

    On September 22, 2011 the Daily Telegraph reported the following –

    “A SENIOR Opposition senator has told of a two hour chat over a couple of bottles of wine during which he claims a Labor Senator related a phone call from Kevin Rudd looking for leadership support.

    Country Liberal Party Senator Nigel Scullion said he stood by his account of the evening drinking with fellow Northern Territory Senator Trish Crossin.

    He told this evening he had been avoiding comment all day but now wanted to speak out because Senator Crossin had denied she had spoken about a call from the Foreign Minister in New York”.

    I don’t think she deserves too many tears.

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    david thompson

    watching him closely since August 2010 and prior during and after the election – he is a star! & it would be very disappointing
    if he fails to be re elected to the Parliament –

    he exemplifies, a type of politician we need many more , not o
    to be exchanging for the types like Barnby – who are best left to T Studios & one liners and little to do with assisting comunities and building serious realtionships –

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    Annie Also

    To those who think being on the ‘winning’ team brings your electorate good things, think again. I live in National Party heartland…over 40 years rusted on Conservative voters…and over the years nothing has happened. Because they can dismiss this part of Aust as being National Party no one bothers to visit, or to give anything of worth to the area. We wanted a bypass of the main city and we got an ‘upgraded road’.
    Don’t believe that New England will be courted if Joyce gets in …you who live in that lovely part of Aust ( used to live in Tamworth). You will quickly once again be forgotten especially by a leader like Abbott. He will cut to the bone all those areas that do not matter to his naked ambition. You will be once again in the back blocks of the Coalitions consciousness.
    You were lucky (Chris et al) to have Tony Windsor….no one is perfect, you don’t have to like everything your rep does,but to have one who has integrity and is good at negotiations only you benefit. Wish we could get such a rep as Windsor or Oakshott coz it is damned near impossible for there ever to be a Labor rep here in selfish-land.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Tony Windsor is Australia’s only voice of reason, logic and good politics. I sat and watched him on Lateline, in awe, that this one man can explain all that has taken place throughout the last 3 years, so succinctly and with the conviction of knowing he is relating fact and truth.

    Tony Windsor summed up exactly how much has been achieved with a hung parliament and quite rightly noted that a hung parliament works well as it removes the ludicrous egos that are associate with a majority; hung parliaments also force all concerned ( naturally except the LNP) to consider the impacts of the legislation in ways never done before.

    Tony Windsor has been exemplary in considering all sides to an argument, noting impacts of policy and legislation on everyone, and being very inclusive – as he notes, so has Julia Gillard. This hung parliament has been the best thing that ever happened and I am actually looking forward to the same situation recurring, however with a couple of less LNP seats!

    Loved that Tony Windsor quite rightly also stated that neither Rudd nor Abbott could have achieved all that Julia Gillard has, nor as well and as inclusively, says so much of the nature of our great first female PM; something you will never read in the MSM!, and an example of great inclusive behaviour for Australians everywhere.

    Tony Windsor, if we still had them, you deserve a knighthood! What a fine upstanding man and such an example for future politicians, whatever their party.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Voting for Joyce because the Libs are going to win govt anyway and it’s pointless trying? Wow – that is a really weak reason for a vote.

    Can I take this opportunity to remind everyone that we, the ants, outnumber, the politicians/corporate grasshoppers by several million to one? WE hold the power but for some strange reason we choose not to wield it.

    When you go to the voting booth, make your voice heard no matter how futile it might feel. If everyone does it, then it wasn’t futile because then all your little insignificant votes add up to one big UP YOURS.

    Which is how we got a hung parliament, not by some Labor dark magic or some strange paranormal mystery – we all said ‘no thanks’ to both parties.

    And why are none of the media harping on about the Nielsen poll that has Turnbull the preferred PM to Abbott by 2 to 1? THAT’S the real story.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Yep , I read that Anna , 62% Turnbull ,
    32% Abbott . No story here.!!!!!!!!!

    You might have also noticed that Judy Moylan and one other ( can’t remember his name ) Member from the Opposition Benches are resigning before the next election .

    Now I’m sure I remember when two members of the Labor Government ( Nicola Roxon and ?? )
    announced that they would retire before the next election and at the same time the PM announced the election date , all hell broke loose and News Ltd papers screamed that the Gov. was in chaos and falling apart. BUT
    LNP Members resigning — NOT A BLIP.

    • Reply June 20, 2013


      Carole/m it’s also interesting to note the GIllard government has the lowest rate of sacking for misconduct and corruption of any government in history of the westminster system. Sorry I don’t have a link, I think I read it on Crikey.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    There are good local members (of all colours) – with the genuine interests of their electorate – and then there are party political animals – who are only there to further their political career.

    Isn’t Barnaby only going to the Lower House because he can’t be the party Leader from the Senate?

    The location – New England was a coincidence.

    Which one has the interests of the electorate?

    Nationals dislike Tony Windsor with a passion – and some aren’t too fussed about Barnaby. It’s a win-win for them.

    • Reply June 19, 2013


      Just to add – if Coalition did win election & if hell froze over & Barnaby was elected & became Deputy PM – he wouldn’t have any time to do anything for the electorate anyway.

      (It would also be seen as a conflict of interest.)

      • Reply June 20, 2013

        sully of hay

        jane, lib/nats. don’t have conflicts of interest, just self interest.

    • Reply June 19, 2013

      sully of hay

      i’ve only known liberal and national party members of parliament to have the interests of their wealthy cohorts at heart.

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    Gayle Davies

    I totally agree.I grew up in New England and so envy the voters there having Tony Windsor as their representative. Unfortunately I am now in Joe Hockey’s electorate and feel that my vote is wasted. It”s a pity our electorates are based on where we live – if electorates were virtual I would vote for Tony Windsor.

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    sue Bell

    I would like to remind people that the ancient Greek word IDIOT, meant he who does not vote.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Dear Sue
    I don’t know if your post was directed at me, but it is meaningless in Australia because we have compulsory voting – which means a helluva lot of idiots will vote and they will vote for Barnaby Joyce because they see their own reflection in him.
    I of course will do my civic duty and vote – but it sure as hell won’t be for Joe Hockey. I’ll just have to make up for it in the Senate.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Tony Windsor, now that’s a person of real class. What a man, and there are millions like him in Australia. How come the jerks get all the headlines? The MSM is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    my say

    come on australia,dont let all the good work the hung parlament have done be in vain,so many good policies for all australians to benefit from,
    dont let all the smear and hate ,sway which way you vote,lets show them all how much we appreciate what they have done and what so many have gone through for all australians on the 14th sept

  • Reply June 19, 2013

    sully of hay

    windsor is one of those movers and shakers who get things done that you find in large bush towns.
    sure he was born wealthy and likes to make a quid, but he has principles and works for the full community good.
    barnaby “fruitloop” joyce is just a windbag carpetbagger, always on the make and for himself only.

  • Reply June 19, 2013


    Tony Windsor stands out like a beacon in Canberra.
    If the people of New England fail to re-elect this man I will be very surprised.
    Country people recognize the genuine article when they see it; Peter Andren is the proof of that – he recorded the largest proportion of votes in an election without party affiliation.
    A good independent will achieve more for an electorate than any party hack will.

  • Reply June 20, 2013


    Why can’t we clone the wonderful Mr Windsor. What a sane and reasonable man, who looks to the future of our country to make decisions. His comments about Julia Gillard and the benefits of minority government are very interesting, and quite a breath of fresh air considering the level of commentary in the MSM. He really puts to shame the ALP/LNP duopoly. I can’t believe that the people of New England could/would vote him out for Barnaby Joyce. Barnaby Joyce!!!

  • Reply June 20, 2013

    Benison O'Reilly

    Being a Tamworth girl from way back I’m proud of my shared roots with Tony Windsor. He has shown himself to be a true statesman when they’ve been thin on the ground in this parliament. I’m well aware that country folk are inherently conservative, but to see him unseated by that buffoon Barnaby Joyce will perhaps be the worst outcome of all in the 2013 election.

  • Reply June 20, 2013


    Gabrielle, I have to say I don’t think Tony Windsor is the man you think he is.

    He sold his farm to a coal company and has lately bought three other farms which are all earmarked for coal-seam gas exploration. Doesn’t take much to add two and two together.

    Anyone aware of the history of coal mining in the Hunter Valley would understand the hypocrisy of his stand against coal seam gas. And I speak as one totally opposed to it.

  • Reply June 20, 2013

    William Z

    This is the guy that claimed he had more respect for Tony Abbott after his weeks of negotiations with both leaders than he did before only to provide a totally different version of events later calling Abbott a butt licker.

    Windsor is a dirt little slug of a man. Dishonest and yes, going against the wishes of his electorate.

    I know nutters think that is ok as long as the chips fall their way but it is not ok. We have a democracy for a reason and Windsor will be sent to political oblivion for all the right reasons.

    Despite your wild fantasy about him being a great guy.

  • Reply June 20, 2013


    Hi Ian .
    You might remember also in the first two years of the Howard Government ( I’m going from memory here ) seven Ministers were forced to step down . I’ll have to see if I can find the site I found this information on but it did provide info. on every Australian Government .


  • Reply June 25, 2013


    How fortunate Australia has been at this unsettling time to have decent and honest representatives in our parliament such as Tony Windsor. In spite of the fact that I don’t always agree with him, I always pay careful attention to his views because I know full well that they are intelligent, considered and honest. He is one of our great ‘Independents’ ranking with the equally great former Independent from the NSW seat of Macquarie, Peter Andren.

  • Reply June 26, 2013


    Vale Tony Windsor & Rob Oakeshott

    They can hold their heads high.

    They did much more than just “turn up”

    Thank you.
    “The world is run by people who show up” Tony Windsor

  • Reply June 26, 2013


    What an absolute gutless bast**d.
    How predictable that he and Oakeshott would both stand down before the election.
    Karma is coming.

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