Politics


#8916

No. He’s gone by the time the spineless jellyfish boards the plane.


#8917

3…2…1…let me guess…tomorrow
Terrorism raids?


#8918

The story about the daughter has been contradicted by the Northern Daily Leader, who fact-checked with the family.


#8919

What, corporate tax cuts leading to awesome wage and job growth not cutting it with you? ScoMo did so much screaming about that today. All for naught.


#8920

How has he not been removed from the cabinet?
Either Turnbull’s lying about not being told, or Joyce breached regulations in the most obvious way.
What he did is the reason for the rule.


#8921

Playing the victim card pretty shamelessly in a couple of threads now. What do you expect when you never address any responses to any of your bait posts with any research? Boy who cried snowflakes.


#8922

They weren’t in a relationship at the time and Turnbull didn’t know anything. Apparently.


#8923


#8924

Lying is the new breathing


#8925

If Joyce can move a perfectly good, functioning and specialist agency to his own electorate at significant cost to the taxpayer and get away with it, then this won’t break him.


#8926

he’s apologised.

i’m sure the media will back off now, this will all blow over.

right? RIGHT?


#8927

What a slime-bag.


#8928

You know, it’s taken till this that I’ve had to reconsider Joyce’s suitability to entrusting a public office to him.


#8929

Not to mention being found ineligible to sit but still turning up to vote on things. After grandstanding about the prospect of others doing exactly that, no less!


#8930

Ever since the first time I met him, absolutely sure he is batshite crazy. Felt exactly the same about Mark Latham, maybe they are brothers.


#8931

It’s a helluva risky business writing a column about Barnaby Joyce at the moment. Not because he’s doomed and you might find him rolled out of office like a dangerously bulging tin of deeply dodgy potted meat before you can get the piece to your editor. He’s doomed, but it’s a slow motion train wreck. He’ll probably last until the weekend.

No, it’s risky because just when you think you’ve got this thing nailed down, it gets worse.

John Birmingham @ Canberra Times


Barnaby Joyce is doomed. Now, it’s just a matter of when.
Barnaby Joyce is doomed. Now, it’s just a matter of when. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
It started out as gossip of a purely personal nature. Joyce, now and forever to be known as The Beetrooter thanks to some cruel and magnificent ■■■■■■■ on Twitter, was rumoured to be cheating on his wife. Given his willingness to not just cast aspersions on other people’s private lives, but to punitively legislate against them, that was enough for a lot of punters to call him out on social media. But it wasn’t enough for the Press Gallery in the real media, and they’ve been throwing themselves an awesome pity party ever since.

For all of the high-minded journalistic waffle about private lives being private (unless, you know, somebody like Joyce decides to pass laws about them) and the need to verify rumours before writing news, it turned out there was plenty of crunchy and nutritious news value to be had in the Beetrooter’s shenanigans.

This bloke wasn’t merely sipping from the hypocrite drip because he put himself about as a staunch defender of family values while betraying and humiliating his family. He was an even bigger hypocrite, because having banged the drum about welfare cheats and bludgers, he’d lined up a series of cushy and very well paid jobs for his girlfriend. Plus they were living rent-free in a townhouse provided by a millionaire businessman, and renovated by the federal government to meet upgraded security standards.

You’d think this would be enough to finish the bloke off, especially since while he was enjoying his rent free love shack he was lecturing the rest of the country about why they should be ashamed of themselves for wanting to live in Sydney when he was happy to live in Armidale, because it was cheaper.

Much, much cheaper as it turns out. Who would have thought the solution to the housing affordability crisis was for millionaire property owners to let us live at their place for free. (Answer: socialists, communists, deluded idiots of that sort, I suppose).

But even that egregious and head spinning instance of grotesque hypocrisy is not the rancid cherry on top of the ■■■■ sundae of this story.

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No, that would be Malcolm Turnbull insisting yesterday that there was nothing wrong with giving the Beetrooter’s pregnant lover a high paying job, and then moving her to another high paying job when that didn’t work out, and then finding a third, sweet, cushy gig when the second one fell through because, get this… she wasn’t actually his partner.

She was pregnant, and they were living together. But she wasn’t his partner because…

Shrugs.

Crickets.

Tumbleweeds.

Allow me to assist you, Prime Minister. She wasn’t his partner because shuffling her from one ministerial staff job to another might be a breach of the rules.

She wasn’t his partner because an ever-growing number of government ministers would be implicated in that possible breach.

She wasn’t his partner because that would make it very difficult, not just for the Beetrooter to hold onto his job, but for you too, Prime Minister.

And while all this is going on?

John Birmingham from the Canberra Times
Thousands and thousands of innocent, law-abiding punters are being swept up by the very same government’s robo-debt programs and threatened with criminal sanction if they don’t pay back money they never owed in the first place.

It’s not often you get to see the raw, naked ugliness of the power imbalance between the masters and their serfs, but it’s out there for everyone to see this week.

I just hesitate to file this column because I wonder what’s coming next


#8932

Sounds like Fairfax are wanting another law-suit to be filed against them. They probably figure they will be broke soon, so let’s go for it.

That ‘column’ is nothing but a hate-filled diatribe - so I can see it’s appeal to the miserable Left.


#8933

I’m impressed by the vitriol.
But the points raised are valid if true.
Are you saying they’re not true?

I don’t care who the Deputy Prime Minister ■■■■■, but I do object to paying for it.


#8934

Yes, there should be far more people in politics with the moral attributes of Barnaby. Gives the rest of us something to aspire to.


#8935

Its how you say it.

  1. James Hird presided over a sports nutrition program which unknown to him was not governed as well as it could have been.
  2. James Hird is a drug cheat who filled innocent players with cancer laden drugs from Mexico.

Birmingham obviously getting lessons on how to spew hatred from SHWNBN.