Barnaby Joyce: Fall of a leader who built power on 'authenticity'

Feb 24, 2018, 04:58
Barnaby Joyce: Fall of a leader who built power on 'authenticity'

Australian Twitter users have been making fun of Barnaby Joyce, particularly his role in the "War On Terrier", after he announced he will resign as the country's deputy prime minister.

"It's absolutely important that there be a circuit breaker not only for the parliament but a circuit breaker for Vikki, for my unborn child, for my daughters and for Nat", he said, then joked about the camera crews that were now waiting outside his house.

CNN contacted the National Party but didn't receive an immediate response.

Joyce and Turnbull have openly attacked each other since news of the deputy prime minister's office affair broke.

"I think there is a big difference here, Barnaby is going from his own free will", Mr Hogan said.

"The government's first priority here must be to make sure we never see a situation where the prime minister is emasculated to the point he can have no say in the deputy prime minister", Mr Shorten told reporters in Melbourne on Friday.

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Before Mr Joyce's announcement, Dr Gillespie said he was a safe pair of hands with ministerial experience and a record of delivering in his electorate.

"It's got to stop".

Speaking in Washington DC, Mr Turnbull declined to publicly back Mr Joyce, saying "leadership of the National party is a matter for the National party".

Mr Joyce hit back, describing the Prime Minister as "inept", creating a sharp divide between the nation's two most powerful politicians.

Joyce also said that he will carry on as a member of parliament, moving to the back bench.

"I don't believe any of them have been sustained", Mr Joyce told reporters in Armidale on Friday. That ensures that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's single-seat majority in the House of Representatives is maintained.

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Turnbull said in a statement the coalition government "partnership is undiminished" by the Nationals' leadership change. Joyce was besieged with scandals recently, including the revelation that he and his former staffer, Vikki Campion, were expecting a son together, as well as the new sexual harassment allegation against him, which he strongly denies.

Mr Turnbull, who is in Washington to meet United States president Donald Trump, has earlier repeatedly refused to back Mr Joyce as his deputy.

"Mr Joyce's actions have caused pain for his family but it is the ongoing damage he is causing The Nationals organisation that is of greatest concern to me as WA Leader", Ms Davies said.

The son of sheep and dairy farmers, Joyce has led the coalition's rural-based partner the Nationals for two years.

Joyce's resignation will potentially heal the rift between the Liberal and National parties, a political alliance that has existed for almost 100 years.

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