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Barnaby’s ‘mate’ Malcolm has done a runner

Barnaby’s ‘mate’ Malcolm has done a runner

The backstabber, the adulterer and the consequences.

We said yesterday that good-0ld-mate Turnbull would throw poor-old-Barnaby under the bus. If you bend down you can see him under there, just in front of the rear wheels. While we don’t relish rubbing any more salt into the lad’s lashing. There exists fierce interest, MM’s page reads lead the numbers. If Joyce goes does the government follow?

The Australian: The Prime Minister’s office has denied knowledge of the relationship, saying Mr Turnbull did not ­approve the transfer of Ms Campion from Mr Joyce’s office to highly paid positions with Resources Minister Matt Canavan — where she was in line to earn up to $191,084 — and Nationals whip Damian Drum. Mr Turnbull shifted responsibility for the internal staff movements of Ms Campion to Mr Joyce, saying that approval for any changes needed to be given by the Nationals. He said his office had an administrative responsibility for “informing the Department of Finance

Source: News Corp, Dennis Shanahan

Saws at the ready with Barnaby Joyce stranded on a limb

Barnaby Joyce is dangerously out on a limb.
What’s more, the bough is bending and Malcolm Turnbull, Liberal MPs, Nationals and the Labor Party are all sharpening their saws.
The Deputy Prime Minister is facing intensifying pressure to resign from cabinet and go to the backbench because of his handling of the transfer of his then staffer Vikki Campion, who will have his baby in April, to work in other Nationals’ offices.
The Nationals are stunned and confused at how the story is unravelling for the Nationals leader, Liberals are angry and telling their country cousins that Joyce has to go, respected former Nationals leader John Anderson has called for a resolution, and the Prime Minister — “mate and friend” of Joyce on the night of the New England by-election victory — has completely distanced himself from the whole issue.
The ALP is giving the Coalition a master class in political strategy and parliamentary tactics, refusing to make personal comments but making Joyce’s judgment and behaviour the issue.
By blindsiding him in question time with portfolio questions — and not giving Joyce the opportunity to use his prepared answer, which sat unused on his frontbench seat — Labor provoked Joyce into errors and bombast.
That only detracted further from his image and left Turnbull further embarrassed when he vowed he had confidence in his deputy and he planned to have him as acting prime minister next week.
Labor didn’t over-reach and left the Nationals leader hanging, but while Labor has exploited the issue, it was not of Labor’s creation.
Joyce didn’t act when he had the chance to take control of the issue before it was revealed last week. His first television interview had a mixed and confused message and he still hasn’t openly addressed the issue of the taxpayer funds involved in the staff transfers.
He is facing growing Coalition anger and isolation.
The mishandling of the affair, and the entrenching of the perception that there has been a conflict of interest, a misuse of public funds, and a denial of reality are hurting the government and the Nationals.
Turnbull’s optimistic return to the parliamentary year after a one-point rise in the two-party-preferred support for the Coalition in the latest Newspoll is turning sour, as once again the government starts a year in a fumbling fashion while Bill Shorten deflects his own political problems.
Faced with the prospect of being dragged into a messy political farce, the Prime Minister ensured he was prepared in question time yesterday and essentially cut Joyce adrift while defending his own office.
Turnbull, and then Treasurer Scott Morrison, declared the Nationals and “the leader of the Nationals” were the masters of their own destiny when it came to staff appointments and transfers — the key public-interest area of whether there was a misuse of public funds.
Long gone was the shirt-matching matey behaviour at the New England by-election victory in December. It had been replaced with a cool detachment and outright blame shifting.
Turnbull didn’t want to be caught in a “travel rorts” style trap that cost John Howard three ministers and his chief of staff in 1997, a year after he won office, because of cover-ups and shifting responsibility.
Turnbull limited admissions to the role of his office in signing off administrative arrangements regarding Campion but determined by the Nationals. Unfortunately for Turnbull, his parliamentary cauterisation was hampered by his office’s briefing that Campion was not Joyce’s “partner” because he was still married.
The faux justification of being unable to employ your wife but being able to hire your mistress and observe the ministerial code will play out to Turnbull’s detriment.
But it is Joyce facing the greater challenge and risk as his scrambled personal life and family devastation bleeds into the political drama that damages him and the government more and more each day.
There comes a point when a leader’s position is untenable, no matter what the cause or justice of it, and Joyce is now close to that point.

{ 22 comments… add one }
  • TommyGun 13/02/2018, 6:59 am

    Oh, I’m enjoying this!

    Now, if only Tomato Head can drag the TURD down the gurgler with him…

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 13/02/2018, 7:34 am

    turnbull had all the bus time tables delivered to his joint last Friday and he figured out which bus to throw Barnaby under over the weekend. turnbull is running true to form, suppose they all are really.

  • Aktosplatz 13/02/2018, 8:10 am

    This is a slow death by 1,000 cuts for Tomato Head. What a sorry conclusion to one(who I thought) showed so much promise and could be relied on to stand up to Turnbull.

    This Affair and the perks given to his mistress (and accepted by her)is a window as to what this heartless couple are like – they deserve each other and I feel sorry for his abandoned wife and daughters.

    But – even more importantly – it is a window on his capability to be in parliament with that responsibility, because he has shown he cannot be trusted.

    He should resign but he won’t- only an honourable person would resign, and that he is not.

    If Turnbull has thrown him under a bus, he deserves no less, and should equally expect no less from the man (Turnbull) -without-principle.

    With have no leaders of any worth in the Coalition or in Labor, partly because both parties are not worth leading (thinking of Tony Abbott there)

    • Muphin 13/02/2018, 11:10 am

      Aktosplatz .. Have to agree with you. Joyce has no option but to resign. Even if it brings down this Turdish Government, not that I would like to see ShortOnBrains as PM

      Both Liberal and Labor are dearth of the DNA to take over as leader.

      As for Abbott: He has been most disappointing since the backstabbing. He has lost that will to fight for what he believes in, yet he is the Liberal ONLY hope of survival.

  • bushwanker 13/02/2018, 8:21 am

    I hate the Lib’s & Nats because of the policies of the leaders BUT I hate the Labor Party and Greens more. Australia is not going to be a pleasant place to live after the next federal election so I hope & pray that we are saved by the makeup of the next senate.
    Turnbull, Joyce, Bishop & Pyne will be lucky if they survive the wrath of the conservative lynch mob.

    • Biking Voter 13/02/2018, 8:58 am

      I hate hating, I really hate that.

      • Zoltan 13/02/2018, 10:34 am

        Don’t you just hate hearing people say that?

      • Joe Blogs 13/02/2018, 2:06 pm


    • Muphin 13/02/2018, 11:13 am

      The Senate is the key. Vote ACP or PHON for the Senate and avoid the major parties like the plague.

  • Lorraine 13/02/2018, 8:29 am

    They really do think the public are so dumb that they will not question their cover up . This woman has 2 months until she delivers him a son .
    He has said he will not abandon her for the job. so just leave , get a job in the private sector . New Idea or Woman’s Day will pay for 1st baby pictures and all is sweet. The snout is entrenched , will he ride it out.

  • Albert 13/02/2018, 9:49 am

    Andrew Bolt says that Joyce should go because he is embarrassing himself and make Turnbull look stupid too. Now, wouldn’t you have to take you hat off to Joyce for having the ability to make that disloyal backstabber Turnbull look any more stupid than he already was?

    • Graham 13/02/2018, 11:58 am

      Albert, you nailed it!

  • Jarrah 13/02/2018, 10:10 am

    What a supercilious piece of work is Turnbull, a known liar who cannot take responsibility and always likes to shift the blame, cover-ups have a tendency to come back and bite, Turnbull knows more than he is telling and is obfuscating. Joyce needs to pull Turnbull under the bus with him and then they can both disappear and get the hell out of our lives, the swamp in Canberra is urgently in need of draining, as is proven day after day.

  • Maryanne 13/02/2018, 12:49 pm

    Oh dear what a mess. It looks like the hussy got her hooks into poor old Barnarby He told the PM the affair was over. Maybe for him it was, but not for her. He must go, not for adultery but for his appalling judgement.

    • Pensioner Pete 13/02/2018, 12:55 pm

      Saw a news report speculating ‘ole Barns will be gone come the weekend. One can only hope.

      • Joe Blogs 13/02/2018, 2:15 pm

        If so, PP, the Nats should pay for the by-election on 2/12/17 (when Vikki was ~4 months pregnant) and the next one. One doubts that Bonking Barn’s situation is covered in the Constitution, but might be in electoral laws that pollies pass to suit themselves.

      • TommyGun 13/02/2018, 5:34 pm

        Might set a new record for the number of elections in a seat in 3 years…

      • Joe Blogs 13/02/2018, 5:54 pm

        That’s a terrible Chinese accent, TG.

      • TommyGun 14/02/2018, 7:14 am

        It was an “election” that got Barnaby into trouble!

  • Joe Blogs 13/02/2018, 8:10 pm

    Farking Bolt’s got that puddin’-headed union crook Kitching on again. Probably wants an expert discussion of Barn’s adultery.

    • Bushkid 13/02/2018, 10:33 pm

      I really don’t understand why he has her on. I was about to ask if the collective memory is so short as to have forgotten the TURC already, but then most of the population didn’t even know it happened, let alone that Ms Kitching graced it with her presence to answer some rather pointed questions.

      • Joe Blogs 14/02/2018, 5:40 am

        Kid, maybe he has her on because she had him on, so to speak.

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