Barnaby Joyce to host teleconference to answer questions about COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns

ASK AWAY: New England MP Barnaby Joyce, who is the acting prime minister, will hold a teleconference about COVID-19 to some of his constituents on Thursday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 210921GGA02
ASK AWAY: New England MP Barnaby Joyce, who is the acting prime minister, will hold a teleconference about COVID-19 to some of his constituents on Thursday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 210921GGA02

RESIDENTS from Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Inverell will be offered a "rare opportunity" to speak with the acting prime minister on Thursday night, as Barnaby Joyce hosts a teleconference about COVID-19.

It will take place at 6pm on Thursday, and the New England MP has committed to allowing his constituents to express their views and make any suggestions they may have.

He has, however, said he cannot promise he will have all the answers.

"Politicians don't always have all the answers," he said.

"Nobody has a monopoly on wisdom so I want to throw the communication lines open to hear directly from my constituents.

"It's time to chat, exchange thoughts and ideas - even make constructive criticisms - and hopefully, we can all benefit from the conversation."

Mr Joyce said the virtual setting is today's equivalent to a town hall meeting, and will provide him with an excellent opportunity to hear what the biggest issues are within those communities.

With Glen Innes locked down after COVID cases were discovered, Mr Joyce is expecting there will be a range of questions about stay-at-home orders and how that nation-wide vaccination rollout is going.

Phone invitations were sent out on Wednesday evening, and those who are unable to participate were being encouraged to contact Mr Joyce via his offices or website.

This story Joyce opens the floor for New Englanders to speak up about COVID first appeared on The Northern Daily Leader.