Tony Windsor

is the former independent member for the federal seat of New England. He has held balance of power positions in both the NSW and federal parliaments.

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Comment December 11, 2021

A letter to future independents

“So you want to be an independent in the next federal parliament. You’ve had enough of the two-party game-playing of the Westminster system and believe there should be a better way of doing politics, something different to the traditional headbutting …”

Comment October 13, 2018

How climate change policy helps farmers

“Drought is ravaging the land. Large swaths of eastern Australia are experiencing some of the worst seasons on record. Frosts have wiped out large areas of crops in Western Australia, southern New South Wales and Victoria. Hail has beaten crops into the …”

Comment December 09, 2017

Fighting the Santos pipeline

“It has often been said there will be wars over water. In its own way, the scene I was watching was a skirmish in what has the potential to become a war and rewrite the politics of water, land use and energy in this country. It was also an insight into …”

Comment June 10, 2017

Inland rail a hollow promise

“Is Inland Rail a real goer or is it just doing the political rounds as once again the Nationals are threatened by One Nation? Will anything actually be done before the next federal election? Going by Australian Rail Track Corporation documents prepared …”

Comment November 05, 2016

Time to get the politics out of education policy

“It is difficult to fully comprehend the Gonski model and it is easy to find political angles to play. To achieve real progress we need to condense the debate to a basic question: Will it lift the individual?”

Comment July 16, 2016

Turnbull’s consensus challenge

“Malcolm needs to learn that success in business doesn’t necessarily translate to success in politics. Being the boss man in a merchant bank doesn’t mean he is a leader of people.”

Comment March 19, 2016

Tony Windsor on why he is running in 2016

“So here we are with a PM who is trapped in an agenda built by the politically opportunistic crazies from whom he wrested back control of the party.”

Comment December 19, 2015

What Turnbull lost when Ian Macfarlane failed

“Macfarlane is intellectually above all the Nats with the possible exception of Truss ... There is real concern that Joyce as leader and potentially deputy prime minister could be electorally damaging for the Coalition. ”

Comment October 17, 2015

Waiting for delivery from PM Malcolm Turnbull

“The question on many lips is, ‘Was Turnbull controlled by Murdoch or controlled by Abbott who was controlled by Murdoch?’”

News September 05, 2015

Abbott’s war on governance

“The summons from cabinet for weekly security announcements until the next election can only be seen in one light – the political need to frighten people.”

Comment July 25, 2015

Going to groundwater over Shenhua coalmine

“The valley-wide bioregional assessment process has been butchered by minister Greg Hunt and replaced with a box-ticking exercise of little more than a localised environmental impact statement. ”

Comment June 27, 2015

Asylum-seeker policy a dark spot in Australia’s history

“The last thing the PM wants is a genuine consensus on the asylum-seeker issue. His entire life in politics has been based on encouraging and fanning division.”

Comment March 21, 2015

NSW election will go down to the poles and wires

“This election will not be decided on whether people are attracted to the genial Baird or the cleanskin Foley. It will come down to two issues: electricity asset sales and coal seam gas. ”

Rural January 24, 2015

Fighting FIFO, the cancer of the bush

“This ridiculous scenario is taking place in some parts of the country, where local workers can only be employed if they move away and fly in with everyone else.”

Comment November 01, 2014

No debate before war is undemocratic

“There is something wrong when an elected government refuses to debate in its own parliament the decision to go to war.”

opinion September 13, 2014

No guts, no glory on clean energy

The Abbott government is leading the nation backwards on economically sensible and environmentally responsible clean energy.

Comment July 26, 2014

Why Hockey’s budget rhetoric doesn’t stick

“Kicking to death a few aged-care workers on $16 to $20 an hour is hardly the stuff of major reform.”

Comment April 26, 2014

A word of advice to the senate’s wildcards

“Take your time: don’t be bullied by Abbott, Shorten or Abetz ... Don’t be bullied by those destroyers of democratic process – tell the bastards to get lost.”