Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce (right) and Page MP Kevin Hogan.
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce (right) and Page MP Kevin Hogan.

Joyce slams ‘green Labor’

THE "Green Labor Party" is out to shut down the timber, fishing and cattle industries, according to Barnaby Joyce, but Member for Page Janelle Saffin said he can't be taken seriously.

Mr Joyce is shadow minister for regional development, local government and water and was with National Party candidate Kevin Hogan in Grafton yesterday.

They opened Mr Hogan's Prince St election office.

"I'd love Kevin to get in because this is the seat next mine and we could work together," Mr Joyce said.

Mr Joyce will be contesting the seat of New England.

"I think this has always been a timber industry area," Mr Joyce said.

Ms Saffin of the Labor Party, not the "Green Labor Party" which does not exist, said Mr Joyce did not understand the complex issues facing the industry.

"How can Senator Joyce expect to be taken seriously?" she asked.

"Please Senator Joyce, credit the local people of the Clarence Valley with some good sense. You drop in trot out slogans, offer no solutions, then leave.

"When it comes to the local timber industry, Senator Joyce may not understand the complex challenges of the market and state and federal issues.

"Locals in the timber industry know that my advocacy has helped and will continue to so that we have a sustainable timber industry here."

Mr Joyce accused Ms Saffin of trying to hide the fact she in the Labor Party by using yellow on posters and presenting herself as a strong, independent voice.

"She's never crossed the floor," Mr Joyce said.

But Ms Saffin said this was nonsense.

"If you look at my record of achievements you can see I have no need to cross any floor, and only keep tramping the halls of Parliament knocking on all doors to get what we need."


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