To most people of New England, the former deputy prime minister is seen as a victim of a system they feel alienated from
Don Baker trims Barnaby Joyce’s hair every now and then. When he’s not doing men’s cuts in his barber shop just off Peel Street in Tamworth, he’s a professional shooter. Baker’s business card says kangaroo harvester.
Baker has a poster in his shop window spruiking the Shooters party, which has been busy hoovering up rural disaffection in the New South Wales bush. Taking in the obvious prompts, the propaganda in the window, the trophies on the wall, I ask Baker whether he’s disappointed the Shooters are an apparent no-show in the New England by-election. “Yeah, a little bit,” he says.