Tony Windsor’s planned return to the political stage has attracted thumbs-down reviews from his political opponents.
Industry minister Christopher Pyne said sequels never worked.
‘I don’t think Tony Windsor’s comeback will be successful. He left in 2013 because he was going to lose,’ he told the Ten Network.
Mr Joyce, who holds New England with a 20 per cent margin, said if he was making an announcement about the seat of New England, he would probably do it in the electorate.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton speculated that Mr Windsor was motivated by relevance deprivation syndrome.
‘He’s a self-funded retiree whose got millions of dollars out of the sale of his farm to a mining company and now pretends to be the champion of farmers,’ he told Sydney Radio 2GB.
Mr Windsor held New England from 2001 to the 2013 election, standing aside partly because of an unspecified medical condition.
He announced on Thursday he would stand again in the electorate where he once commanded 62 per cent of the primary vote.
‘The electorate I live in, the electorate I love, the electorate I’ve worked for over many years, I see things stalling,’ he told reporters in Canberra.
The poll in New England could become even more complicated with NSW Greens upper house MP Jeremy Buckingham considering a run.
In 2013 the Greens won just 4.6 per cent of the primary vote in New England but the party believes Mr Buckingham would boost their vote.