New England by-election 2017

HIGH COURT: Barnaby is out...


Sustainable Australia is running a candidate in the New England by-election... party President William Bourke.


See the full statement in 'comments' section below.



Meet the New England by-election candidates

Today the by-election ballot was drawn, but where was Barnaby Joyce?

Key issues

Key issues Sustainable Australia will be campaigning on include:

- Secure jobs in a more diverse economy, including manufacturing, agriculture, small business, and telecommunications

- Sustainable environment including stopping CSG and coal in the Liverpool Plains area

- Banning foreign ownership of New England's agricultural land

Local networking - New England

Interested in local networking in New England? RSVP here.

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  • Sustainable Australia Party
    commented 2017-11-17 10:32:03 +1100
    Hi Tamara, we will have an Armidale local networking page up later today! You can find local networking ‘Get Involved’. Thanks, SA
  • Tamara Williams
    commented 2017-11-17 08:25:53 +1100
    I went to the Armidale social meet-up last night. It was great to meet a few (short notice!) like-minded locals and I’m keen to see an Armidale networking group happen (but which won’t take place until after the by-election). In the interim, what is the best way for local members within the electorate to communicate and mobilise in support of the party? I have a stack of letterbox leaflets and would be happy to share. I would like to suggest that members in possession of leaflets coordinate their letterbox drops so that we aren’t inadvertently targeting the same areas and that we can be strategic in our efforts.
  • Michael Begg
    commented 2017-11-15 10:34:32 +1100
    Now we need someone to run in Bennelong……………..
  • Sustainable Australia Party
    commented 2017-11-13 11:17:03 +1100
    All policies can be found in the Policies page. See top menu link. SA
  • Ann Burke
    commented 2017-11-12 11:20:25 +1100
    Thank you for standing for New England, William. Great, sensible policies for all Australians stated in a clear and succinct manner, unlike the rubbish that comes out of Barnaby’s mouth when a microphone is placed in front of him. Let’s hope we get some press coverage for a change, unlike what’s happened in the past!
  • Alice Bevens
    commented 2017-11-11 16:53:39 +1100
    I really believe Sustainable Australia Party has the best policies and stand for ‘the bulk’ of Australians. Thank you so much for all your hard work/effort indeed. If there was ever a seat that needed a Sustainable Australia Party candidate it is in the seat of New England (I cant stress how strongly i feel about this) GOOD LUCK!!! THANK YOU!!
  • Neil Gordon
    commented 2017-11-11 13:27:44 +1100
    I am pleased to see you are running a candidate in the New England by-election created by ineptitude and gross inability of BJ to even fill out his job application correctly and honestly, i am also pleased to see you take the requirements of s44 of our constitution seriously, the constitution does not need to be changed to cater for the dishonesty of politicians caught out misleading the Australian parliament and people, a large waste of money caused by BJ and no-one else, irrelevant of his excuses Good luck with getting fair coverage and a good voters return for your efforts
  • Helen OBoyle
    commented 2017-11-11 11:56:47 +1100
    Great news! Too many people still don’t know about Sustainable Australia or think about the party as “they’re the population control mob, right?”. This is a chance to raise name recognition for the party and to get media coverage for the party’s full array of policies and how they would benefit the average Australian, not just the 1%ers or even the top 30%ers to the exclusion of the rest of us.

    By making sensible, considered decisions about immigration and global asset sales and other trade, more than just the wealthiest and best-connected Australians can benefit from globalisation. It’s NOT about protectionism (people will claim it is), but about making better, healthier decisions about how Australia participates in the global economy.
  • Peter Lane
    commented 2017-11-09 18:57:16 +1100
    I congratulate William Bourke on nominating for the New England by-election. I appreciate the need to raise the profile of the party, and the opportunity of this by-election to raise issues which the party holds as core policy.
    I urge the Sustainable Australia Party to promote a shorter working week as a means to higher employment and more secure jobs.
  • Peter Strachan
    commented 2017-11-09 12:33:05 +1100
    Excellent news! Pity about the s44 concerns, but this is the new normal. Good result overall.
  • William Bourke
    commented 2017-11-09 12:06:31 +1100
    Hi All

    On behalf of the national committee, thanks for all of the great comments.

    Unfortunately, despite trying very hard, we missed out on signing up a (locally speaking) big name in New England for candidature due to s44 (Constitution) concerns. We asked several other people, including two female candidates to run.

    This high-profile election is one in which the national committee still believes we should run in order to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in free exposure for our party name in the media. This is important at a time when we are still largely ignored by the mainstream media.

    With the unanimous support of the national committee, I have therefore stepped in to run as the candidate. I have spent over a week in New England and have a good grip on the local issues. We will campaign on secure #jobs and sustainable #environment – and of course bring national issues such as population into the equation where appropriate.

    Although our vote will now likely be low, the election will allow us to clearly promote our messages, and build the party’s profile (and mine) in regional NSW where I intend to nominate to run for the party in the NSW election. The Upper House covers the whole state.

    Although very disappointed that our big name is not running, I believe that on balance we need to be in this race and look forward to your support in this election as we collectively raise the profile of our independent, centrist party. Stay tuned to the eNewsletter for details.


    William Bourke
    Sustainable Australia
  • Luke Dwyer
    commented 2017-11-01 13:01:22 +1100
    Yes I think we should run. Forget the comments about trying to win a seat, thats ridiculous. A quick point about candidates .1 All parties (and especially the minors/micros) struggle to field the so called “perfect” candidate, especially in fed elections where 150 candidates are required to fill 150 divisions. PUP, the Greens, One Nation,etc, all struggle with candidates, just as we certainly do. If honest and open about it, the media seems to cut plenty of slack for the underdog resource status of minors/micros, including not attending all debates. There are certainly enough relative "sustainability’ naratives in this region, and ultimately we need to harness as many future state/fed senate votes as we can get.
  • Ainsley Campbell
    commented 2017-10-31 23:16:33 +1100
    Hi all,
    I agree that in the absence of significant third parties this is a by-election in which Sustainable Australia can make a big and favourable impression to the Australian voters.

    We could start by declaring that our preferences will flow towards which if the main parties advocates a reduction in the immigration rate.

    I am happy to donate $200 to the cause.

    I have no doubt that Barnaby will win but this is a good opportunity to increase our political profile.
    From a future political perspective our greatest opportunity is to get seats in the state upper house and the federal senate and then to build our base from there.
    We should also be the party that owns the CIR debate and take this to the election as one of our key messages.

    Regards Ainsley.
  • Joan Peterson
    followed this page 2017-10-31 15:01:35 +1100
  • Ellie Robertson
    followed this page 2017-10-31 14:46:01 +1100
  • Alice Bevens
    commented 2017-10-31 14:44:51 +1100
    oh and by the way "Seniors Australia Party’ are about to announcea candidate who is going to contest the New England seat! (interesting eh; i.e Shooters are not going to contest but Seniors are)
  • Linda Weaving
    commented 2017-10-30 19:22:13 +1100
    How about this for a policy: can the western Sydney airport and spend the $5.6 billion on regional infrastructure instead! This government is too city centric
  • Peter Strachan
    commented 2017-10-30 17:40:48 +1100
    Hi all,
    I think that SAP should run if there is a suitable candidate.

    This will be a high profile event that could lift the profile of SAP further. Why wait for a national election when we can show our credentials and tenacity here? We should not be afraid of the media if we stick to our core platform and stay on song with that. Sure, the media will, as it always does, label us as anti-immigration nativists, but now we can point them in the direction of New Zealand and say that the Kiwis have just elected a party with many similar policies, the like of which are not represented her by major parties.

    In the country, sustainable agriculture, clean water, the conflicts between resource extraction and land use, renewable energy, flexible and short term seasonable labour and the usual infrastructure, like medical, education, roads etc are always high in the agenda, which slots perfectly along side SAP’s platform of sensible policies.

    I think that we should have a run, not to win but to gain experience and lift SAP’s profile.

    I will stump up at least $500 for the effort and I am sure that others will follow with more or less, as they can afford. This is an important issue. In fact it is the most important thing that each and every one of us can do for the sake of our children’s future. So let’s do it!
  • Stephen Brown
    commented 2017-10-30 17:35:56 +1100
    I was thinking the media attention would be good , on second thoughts after reading a lot of party members comments. Barnaby will win and it would be a waste of money and as been said anyone that was not right with it would be made to look like a fool by the media.
    I am sure those running this party are well up to speed with the working of the political business.
    Just happy to be a supporter and voter who would like see to things change for the better.
  • Robert Sugden
    commented 2017-10-30 15:59:16 +1100
    Hi all,
    No – I don’t think we should run a candidate in New England – for most of the reasons offered by Peter Lane.
    There’s insufficient time to get a potential candidate up to speed.
    And if a candidate were offered up, and he or she failed the media inquisition, he or she would then have his or her arms and legs ripped off and eaten raw!
    And our party would be paying quids to look like it’s populated by old fashioned dills – do we not have more than enough dills now in all levels of Government?
    And you can bet London to a Brick on (with thanks Ken Howard) that Mr. Joyce will get up!
    I think we should save up our anger and our money and our energies and with these resources attack the N.S.W. state government at the next election – and of course any by-election that should occur.

    Regards, R.A.S.
  • David Maltman
    commented 2017-10-30 12:43:57 +1100
    He may be OUT but he will soon be BACK IN.
    I had never heard of Sustainable Australia until Dick Smith informed me of it’s existence.
    Sustainable Australia needs a plan to raise it’s profile.
    The pub test is " Will running a candidate raise the profile and at what cost"
    The leadership team needs to enunciate a strategy to meet the objectives of raising the profile in the most cost effective manner.
    The leadership team can then seek members support for their vision.
  • Justin Ryan
    commented 2017-10-30 10:22:07 +1100
    Anyone living in the New England electorate, we have a networking meeting on Sunday 5th November, 3:00 pm [Edit: Not 12pm as originally posted] in the ‘beer garden’ at The Tamworth Hotel (opposite railway station) to discuss the way forward. We’ll have an event up soon on the Events page to RSVP through…

    You can also join the new local networking group here:
  • Peter Lane
    commented 2017-10-30 07:47:25 +1100
    Running a candidate in New England would be costly, get little coverage from mainstream media, and have NO chance of success while running a risk of being labeled as a wannabe on the lunatic fringe . Getting some publicity is a good idea but announcing that the party will NOT be running a candidate will do the same thing and save energy and funds while putting a message out about our policies. So dont run a candidate, save the powder for the State election. Talk to Tony Windsor, he may endorse the party policies and increase media coverage, see if Dick Smith will weigh in with some comments as well. By all means get out there with a message, but stay on the high road, it’ll pay off when it comes time to run a candidate in a winnable electorate.
  • John Jennings
    commented 2017-10-29 20:29:19 +1100
    Hi all i am a farmer an traditionally a national party voter but in qld. I dont like barnaby but i dont know much about him i have first impressions only but i think we have to plan our battles if we have a strong candidate maybe this will put us on the map but there is no point running without a campaign that is going to bring substantial notice to our party and aims, in other words lets not half ass it there is opportunity here for a great start but we have to go in hard and i dont know if there is enough time.

  • Susie Hayes
    commented 2017-10-29 15:15:32 +1100
    Obviously Barnaby Joyce will win his seat but I think as soon as we start our ‘exposure’ campaign making us a viable public option the better.

    And advertising by the party, members and interested would be followers via social media is the way to get the best exposure for our candidate and party to attract new followers.

    As it’s a rural area an Ad on their local radio channels would help as locals generally get their news via the radio as I always found when living in country towns.

    Sustainable immigration and banning foreign purchase of land is the hot topic on everyone’s list that would create visibility…but probably doesn’t affect New England itself.

    At least a candidate would give us an indication of how many people know about us already.
  • Susie Hayes
    followed this page 2017-10-29 14:09:22 +1100
  • Alice Bevens
    commented 2017-10-29 13:33:44 +1100
    ABC Press interviewed Windsor on Friday evening , and, Tony said he would help the campaign against Joyce if (and I quote) “If there is a great candidate, who has the same policies and aspirations for New England that I do, then I would love to assist in campaigning for that Candidate. But, I have to see what the Candidates are like? If they’re all sprout the same run of the mill garbage that usually goes on here , well , then, i am not going to assist. But, if there is a great candidate , then I will certainly help the candidate run against Barnaby.”" GO FOR IT Sustainable Australia Party, i.e I am sure Tony Windsor would help!
  • Mervyn Latham
    commented 2017-10-29 11:34:26 +1100
    Yes,I think we should.
  • Ross Jones
    commented 2017-10-29 11:24:14 +1100
    1 Linda Weaving, we share the vision of desalinating seawater and pumping it inland. A 300 year project for Australia solar-powered.

    2 Yes, stand a candidate in New England if it does not detract from our NSW election effort.

    It is an opportunity to increase our visibility and to build a bigger and more experienced team for the NSW election

    Ross Jones
  • Mervyn Latham
    followed this page 2017-10-29 11:07:18 +1100