Barnaby Joyce will return as Deputy Prime Minister after beating Michael McCormack in a closely-contested National Party leadership spill this morning in Canberra.

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Police are appealing for public assistance to find a man missing from the New England area.

Allan Anderson, aged 65, was last seen at his home on Pindari Dam Road, Pindaroi, about 40km north of Inverell about 11am yesterday and officers from New England Police District were notified of his disappearance and commenced a large-scale search into his whereabouts.

Police and family have concerns for Mr Anderson’s welfare due to his medical conditions.

Allan is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 170cm tall, of slim build, with balding, grey hair and blue/grey eyes.

He was last seen with a black and tan coloured kelpie called ‘Bet’ who was wearing a blue collar.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.


The Annual Dusty Boots Awards for services to country music were handed 0ut on Saturday night in Narromine after they moved from former home Dubbo this year.

Among the recipients were two of our long-time staff members who have been involved in Australian country music for a combined 100 years or more.

Our Breaky announcer Briand ‘Howdy’ Howard and Newsman Jon Wolfe received awards this year and both say they are humbled by the honour.

Organiser of the awards, Mal Norton, said the awards were started by his dad, Johnny Norton, a singer and founder of Dubbo’s Orana Country Music Club, to honour industry legends and said the grass roots awards honour everyone from artists to roadies to ticket sellers, just as his father wanted.

Mr Norton said "These awards are unique in that they are not for who you are or what you have got from the Country Music industry, but what you have done for, or given to, the country music industry."