On Saturday night, Nats swapped their boots for suits to party with Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash who in the past few months have both celebrated ten years of service in Parliament. Over 150 Nats and supporters enjoyed a night of great company, great food and great entertainment at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney.
Michael McCormack was a wonderful host, keeping things running along smoothly during the evening. Alongside the Member for Riverina, Barnaby and Fiona were joined by their colleagues Warren Truss, John “Wacka” Williams, David Gillespie, Niall Blair, Katrina Hodgkinson, Michael Johnsen, Sarah Mitchell, Bronnie Taylor and Ben Franklin.
Guests were treated to a video featuring a variety of interviewees from Barnaby and Fiona’s past and present, including Barnaby’s first Chief of Staff during his Senate time in Queensland, and Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan, who we discovered is actually a huge fan of our Fiona (despite his rather unflattering comments at Canberra airport many years ago).
The night then moved to a Natified version of question time, moderated by former Managing Director of the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald, Sam North. Topics spanned a range of issues including the Labor leadership, Johnny Depp's dogs and female representation in parliament.
Thanks to all those who attended the evening. We hope you had a wonderful time and really appreciate those of you who made the trip down (or up) to Sydney. Congratulations to Barnaby and Fiona, and here’s to another ten years!