Joyce hopes campaign 'doesn't descend into the personal'
BARNABY Joyce is looking to a campaign that doesn't leave a "bad taste" in people's mouths following his win of the National preselection vote for the federal seat of New England.
Mr Joyce on Saturday was endorsed as the Nationals candidate for the NSW seat to run against Independent Tony Windsor in the September election.
Tamworth born Mr Joyce will spend the next few months as both a Senator and involved in a campaign for New England victory but says he is confident he will uphold his current duties.
The campaign claimed its first headline on Sunday with reports Mr Windsor called his opponent's demographic rednecks.
"I hope that this campaign does not descend into the personal," Mr Joyce said.
"I think it leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouths."
The St George-based Senator, whose New England victory will move him to the lower house, said he was only moving to the next electorate.
"The seats are next door to one another," he said.
"Mr Windsor likes to portray I am coming from a salt trader in the desert of Mali but in fact I am coming from the seat next door."
Mr Windsor holds his seat with a 21% margin.
Once Mr Joyce resigns from the Senate by the time writs are issued in August, it will be up to the Liberal National Party in Queensland to select a member from its Senate ticket to fill the senate casual vacancy.
The LNP last year retained north Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald as number one on the Senate ticket, followed by political strategist James McGrath and Mr Joyce's former chief of staff Matthew Canavan secured the third spot.
The remaining three in order on the ticket were Chamber of Commerce and Industry past president David Goodwin, scientist and business owner Dr Theresa Craig and barrister Amanda Stoker.