Plants are dying, businesses are hurting, but Barnaby Joyce still the favourite in New England

Adam Blakester is crowdfunding his campaign and positioning himself as economically centrist but environmentally focused. It's a play voters in city electorates such as Warringah and Wentworth are by now familiar with.

"[Joyce] has to have honestly one of the worst rap sheets of any parliamentarian since Federation," Blakester says.

Plants are dying, businesses are hurting, but Barnaby Joyce still the favourite in New England

They are running out of water in Deepwater, New England. Patience too. Farmers are shooting their sheep and shops are shutting their doors as the effects of climate change and the skyrocketing price of water combine to make life on the land even harder.