Pretty much agree.
It’s kinda frustrating for anyone who actually cares about policy and probity in public life. Joyce has form. He was caught out a few years ago trying to alter Hansard after the fact to avoid being accused of misleading parliament. He’s a proud climate change denier who spouts all the most ludicrously reality-free tropes and refuses to even talk to CSIRO about it. And the stuff he’s pulled over the years with gas exploration rights is beyond dodgy
(Michael West is one of the best investigative journos in the country, so of course Fairfax sacked him)
Joyce and Pauline Hanson (and Clive Palmer) all have something of the same shtick that Joh Bjelke-Petersen used to do. Be so loud and larrikiny and talk all sorts of high-volume bogan bollocks and it means most journos will just laugh at you and write all the ‘haha what a loveable colourful character’ softpedal stories on you and manage to completely give you a pass on being a dyed-on-the-wool crook just cos you give good copy.
Beyond irritating that Joyce, who’s as bent as a slinky in a tornado, is infinitely more likely to go down for cheating on his wife (which is incredibly scummy but not actually illegal) as opposed to all the genuinely shonky stuff he’s pulled or his undoubted incompetence. The media just doesn’t seem to be able to to chase important stuff, by god they’re indefatigable bloodhounds when the scent of salacious trivia is afoot though…