The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP

Minister for Agriculture
Barnaby Joyce – Vision for Agriculture.
Monday, 6 July 2015
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper will be the Australian Government’s policy platform for the future of agriculture.

Agriculture forms one of the five pillars of Australia’s economy and plays a pivotal role in building the wealth of Australia, today and tomorrow.

The White Paper outlines the Australian Government’s plan to support and innovate our agricultural sector.

It will deliver better returns at the farm gate, a fairer and more competitive industry and improved access to international markets.

Stronger farmers means a stronger Australian economy.

The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP is one of a family of eight from a cattle and sheep business in southern New England.

Barnaby is a Fellow of CPA Australia and spent 18 years in accountancy, including 10 years running his own accounting firm, Barnaby Joyce & Co, in St George, Queensland.

His role in the National Party had concurrently taken him to Acting Treasurer of the Queensland Nationals. In 2004 he was elected to head of the National Senate team and won back the previously lost Senate seat.

In the Senate he was a voting member of the Senate Economics Committee and was author of “The Birdsville Amendment” to protect small business.

In 2009 he was elected to the role of Nationals Leader in the Senate.

His previous role was the Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water, which included leading the response to the Murray-Darling Basin plan.

Barnaby Joyce now has the distinction of being first person to win a Senate seat in one State and a House of Representatives seat in a different State in consecutive elections. He is also the first person to win back an Upper and Lower House seat previously lost to the Coalition.

At the 2013 Federal Election, Barnaby recorded the biggest swing in federal electoral history when he won the seat of New England with a swing to the Nationals of 64.46%.

Barnaby is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary, former serving member of the Australian Defence Force Reserves and long term member of St Vincent De Paul. He represented central North NSW in Rugby, has three times been the subject for the Archibald Prize and is married to Natalie and has four daughters.