Barnaby Joyce replies to allegations of hiding from public

Addressing the faithful: Barnaby Joyce addressing party workers in The Nationals' new premises on Grey Street on Monday morning.

Addressing the faithful: Barnaby Joyce addressing party workers in The Nationals' new premises on Grey Street on Monday morning.

The Nationals candidate for the New England by-election, Barnaby Joyce, met party workers in Glen Innes and told them he thought they were “going to get a handy sort of result”.

He faced some barracking from a few people outside the newly rented Nationals’ office on Grey Street as he addressed about thirty people inside.

His visit to Glen Innes was only announced to local media a few hours before and no crowds of either supporters or opponents greeted him.

He’s had death threats and a bullet sent to his office but said it wouldn’t change the way he worked.

We don’t take it as a joke. If they’ve got a bullet, they’ve probably got a fire-arm to use it. We've been to the police but it’s not going to change the way I do things.

Barnaby Joyce

“We don’t take it as a joke. If they’ve got a bullet, they’ve probably got a fire-arm to use it. We've been to the police but it’s not going to change the way I do things,” he said.

Is he shunning big public events? “I’ve done a number of forums. I’m here. I’m walking up and down the halls. I’m making sure I’m publicly available.

“But, look – 17 candidates they all speak for ten minutes you’ve got to listen to everybody prattle on for three hours.” He said most were from outside the electorate and “they’ve got an interest in wrecking the show.”