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It’s hard not to dwell on Barnaby’s misfortunes

It’s hard not to dwell on Barnaby’s misfortunes

Like it or not, fair or foul, by his very hand Barnaby Joyce has ignited a political conflagration. While pretending not to, the Labor hounds are there to commiserate and to help—pour petrol on the flames. The mumbling already grows about Joyce’s essential retirement. The flames are already licking Turnbull’s feet of complicity and threatens to smoke out many more who watched the drama take place and remained mute for political advantage in New England. Watch Malcolm move like Speed Gordon calculating his practised “under the bus” tradition. The Coalition, that once bastion of Liberal conservatism can’t afford to lose more votes and as it stands now, men might sidestep Barnaby’s indiscretion but not a voting woman in Australia will. In retrospect, Joyce’s strange behaviour in parliament of late was indicative of a wounded soul walking. This sorry plot can only thicken as the following article proves.

The Armidale townhouse provided rent-free to Barnaby Joyce and his pregnant partner by an influential businessman has a “pretty thorough security upgrade” fitted by the new Department of Home Affairs.
The upgrade, examples of which cost up to $3 million, is attached to Mr Joyce’s role as Deputy Prime Minister but includes additions to the property that are permanent.

Source: News Corp

Security upgrade for Joyce’s Armidale love nest

The Weekend Australian revealed the townhouse belongs to Greg Maguire, a long-time player in New England politics.
The Department of Home Affairs declined to answer questions about whether it would be reimbursed for the upgrade. “For privacy and security reasons, the department does not comment on security arrangements,” a spokesman said.
Mr Maguire had the home for sale last year, with an ad by Green Jelly Property calling the property a “premium home (that) truly gives a sense of city living’’. The townhouse has a walk-in-wardrobe, full-sized ensuite and a second large living area upstairs.
The home had a list price of $649,000 and rented for about $550 a week, according to CoreLogic RP Data.
The rent puts the value of the personal gift to Mr Joyce at $14,000, above the threshold for political donation declarations under federal law. However, because this was a gift from a long-time friend, Mr Joyce was under no obligation to declare it.
He updated his pecuniary interests register on January 3 to disclose a “post-election residual of six-month tenancy on Armidale premises”.

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  • Zoltan 12/02/2018, 6:54 am

    O/T, Armidale? City living? Green Jelly Property need to get out more.

  • Joe Blogs 12/02/2018, 7:18 am

    “Like it or not, fair or foul, by his very hand Barnaby Joyce has ignited a political conflagration.”

    Um, Ed, it wasn’t so much his hand that got him into strife. Just sayin’.

  • MM. Ed. 12/02/2018, 7:23 am

    Gosh Blogs, I did not want to suggest that Blarnaby was a wanker!

    • Joe Blogs 12/02/2018, 7:53 am

      I know, Ed. Far be it … and all that stuff – but since you, er, raised it I must admit I’ve always wondered about his floridness.

      • Zoltan 12/02/2018, 9:01 am

        Oh come on! That’s so unfair.
        He’s probably wishing that he was a wanker.
        It’s impossible to make a tissue /hankie/sock pregnant!

  • Lorraine 12/02/2018, 9:14 am

    bloggers ,sorry but you have found a way to sound just like the left. offended by what has been happening in every suburb .So he saw a young bird and thought yea she’s alright, and he did something about it. Wife and 4 daughters (who) The Herald Sun and all the other papers need to look in many a backyard, its happening down my street

    • Joe Blogs 12/02/2018, 11:01 am

      Barn and the squeeze are “happening” down your street?

  • Genazzano 12/02/2018, 9:17 am

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone

    • Joe Blogs 12/02/2018, 11:08 am

      Never done anything remotely like that, Gen.

      Duck!

    • Aktosplatz 12/02/2018, 7:22 pm

      Depends as to what sin you are referring, Gennazzano. Adultery, yes, but that’s only the part.

      Many are referring to the arrangements Barnaby J. has made for his pregnant mistress at taxpayers expense, viz a highly paid newly created job and “free” accommodation.

      While carrying the title of Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

      For this he should be stoned in the proverbial sense.

      Like the dual citizenship breach of the Constitution, he is accountable.

      • Genazzano 13/02/2018, 9:36 am

        100 % agree

  • Honeybadger 12/02/2018, 9:50 am

    ..And Ms Campion’s expertise and qualifications were supposedly as a ‘media advisor’ to Barnaby. Well, she’ll be hard pressed after this media debacle to tout that on her resume.

    • Joe Blogs 12/02/2018, 11:05 am

      In-depth research, Honey. Professional to the hilt.

    • Neville 13/02/2018, 3:43 am

      I’m betting she’s more like a financial advisor to herself. Let’s face it, after this sorry debacle, she’d be pretty much set up for life, I’d reckon.

  • Penguinite 12/02/2018, 9:56 am

    What’s the bet that Barnarby won’t be employing any more females to assist him. Talk about a bull in a china shop! He won’t be the last Pollie that gets caught with his pants down while living away from home. It’s highly unlikely that he will marry the lady! It’s a shame that, for the sake of his family, he couldn’t have worked out a payment plan.

    • Joe Blogs 12/02/2018, 3:44 pm

      Pen, it looks as though the “lady” has out-Gillard-ed herself in the home-wrecking stakes (wonder if she has contact lenses) – and she was reportedly on $190k pa of taxpayers’ money.

    • Aktosplatz 12/02/2018, 7:24 pm

      I feel very sorry for the betrayed wife but especially, their daughters- this could have life changing consequences for them.

  • Rubyred 12/02/2018, 10:01 am

    Judge not lest ye be judged.

    • Greg 12/02/2018, 10:12 am

      Yes, point taken, Rubes, but the moment this incurred taxpayer money, it became all our business.

    • Joe Blogs 12/02/2018, 11:19 am

      No judgment from here, Rube; just observations about a pair of public service nincompoops who have disgraced themselves and more importantly, dishonoured the Joyce family. Wonder if the happy couple thought about the crap the new kid’s going to cop in a country school.

      Someone on the radio today said the Barn’s simply adhering to the Trumble Team’s mantra of jobs’n’growth: jobs for the squeeze ‘n’ growth of the population.

      • Bushkid 12/02/2018, 11:39 am

        Very droll, Bloggs! “Jobs’n’growth”, indeed!

      • Joe Blogs 12/02/2018, 11:56 am

        Why, thank you, Kid. Wish I’d thought of it in the first place.

      • Neville 13/02/2018, 3:45 am

        The idea probably came from Mr Jobsengrowth Turdball, anyway.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 12/02/2018, 12:01 pm

      Thank Christ no one has ever plumbed the depths of the aviation industry for politicians are but pussy cats compared to what went on years ago in the airlines, but never mind. The irony of it all is that many of the people throwing crap at Barnaby, crap that is well deserved if he has been using taxpayer funds, are probably people who voted to make SSM legal. It’s OK for a couple of shirt lifters to marry, ditto lesbians, but you are in the deepest crap if you practice a bit of heterosexual normality.

  • Graham 12/02/2018, 12:08 pm

    I used to think Joyce was quite entertaining, sort of Australian version of ‘Buster Bloodvessel’ but after his put down of the anti Halal Tax movement I just see him as a typical parliamentary buffoon- all mouth and er, no trousers.

    • JohnE 12/02/2018, 1:49 pm

      Did Malcom Fraser ever get his trousers back?

      • Joe Blogs 12/02/2018, 3:37 pm

        No, mate – and he doesn’t need them anymore. But somewhere in Memphis there’s a hobo wandering around in a pair of rolled-up pinstripe petrol bowsers with the pockets still empty.

      • Aktosplatz 12/02/2018, 7:27 pm

        There was a rumour at the time. that the(White) South African Government had set a Honey Trap for Fraser as a reprisal for his zeal against Rhodesia and South Africa.

        The purpose was to destroy his career – and it did!

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