Weatherboard & Iron … politics, the bush and me
Barnaby Joyce In Conversation with Mark Kenny
In this a not-to-be-missed event, former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will riff about life on the land and discuss his ode to the bush, Weatherboard & Iron. In what promises to be a spirited session with senior Press Gallery reporter Mark Kenny, Joyce will also discuss the big issues confronting Australia – and provide a rare insight into the controversies that have plagued his recent career.
Barnaby Joyce was born in Tamworth, NSW, in 1967. In 1999, he set up an accountancy practice in St George, Queensland, and secured a seat in the Senate at the 2004 federal election. He is also the only federal politician to have won back for his party a Senate seat and a House of Representatives seat, having moved to the lower house in 2013 and secured the seat of New England in NSW, thus becoming the only Australian politician to have been a Senator in one state and Member in another. One of the nation’s longest serving Agricultural Ministers. He became Leader of his party in the Senate then later resigned from the Senate when he successfully challenged and won the seat of New England. He was elected Leader of the National Party in 2016 and was Deputy Prime Minister of Australia for two years before resigning to go to the back bench in 2018. Barnaby Joyce has held multiple portfolios, from Agriculture, Water, Infrastructure, Northern Australia as well as shadow portfolios. He is both loved and loathed but never silent nor still.
Mark Kenny is the national affairs editor for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He has formerly worked for ABC and The Advertiser as the national political editor. He is a director of the National Press Club, and regular on the ABC’s Insiders program.