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Barnaby thinks being in government is for looking after your mates. So does his mate Gina.

When Barnaby Joyce regained the leadership of the Nationals in June last year, no-one could have been happier than his dear friend and supporter, Gina Rinehart.

She immediately offered to host a party for him. Those VIPs lucky enough to secure an invitation to spend an evening with Barnaby and Gina at her palatial coastal hideaway in Noosa could secure their spot for a mere $10,000 a head.

At a fundraiser for Wide Bay MP Llew O’Brien shortly after their soiree, Barnaby sang Gina’s praises, which Ms Rinehart has graciously shared with us on her website.

Mr Joyce spoke of the LNP’s belief in the importance of the individual to be master of their own game as opposed to being controlled by the state.

He praised the efforts of his long-time “mate”, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, who attended the event.

“Gina is one of the most powerful women in the world,” he said. “If we had more Gina’s we’d have a more powerful nation,” he said.

Barnaby holds a special place in the wallet that occupies the space where Ms Rinehart’s heart should be.

In 2011, Joyce was one of three Coalition MPs flown on Rinehart’s private jet to Hyderabad in India for the wedding of the granddaughter of a coal-mining associate.

In 2013, she donated $50,000 to his election campaign for the lower house seat of New England.

In 2017, pursuant to personal correspondence with Ms Rinehart, Barnaby’s department donated $60,000 towards hosting National Agricultural and Related Industries Day. Imagine his surprise when, at said event, he was named a “champion of farming” and awarded a $40,000 personal cheque from Gina.

After being initially “humbled” and saying he was going to use it to fix up his farm, Barnaby later returned the cheque following a perhaps predictable public backlash.

Gina is not the only mate Barnaby looks after, as revealed by his conversation with irrigators in a Shepparton pub.

Responsibility for water was handed to the Nationals as part of the party’s coalition agreement with the Liberal Party in 2015.

After a Four Corners program showing alleged (must we really keep saying that?) water theft in the Murray-Darling Basin, Joyce rushed to reassure irrigators that he was there to protect their interests.

“We have taken water, put it back into agriculture, so we could look after you and make sure we don’t have the greenies running the show basically sending you out the back door, and that was a hard ask,” he said in the recording.

“A couple of nights ago on Four Corners, you know what that’s all about? It’s about them trying to take more water off you, trying to create a calamity. A calamity for which the solution is to take more water off you, shut more of your towns down.”

In Joyce’s mind, it is the ABC creating the calamity. Tell that to the fish.

According to Barnaby, “One of the most effective forms of recycling of capital is in water infrastructure, because water is wealth and a dam is a bank.”

Even talking about water infrastructure can make some people wealthy.

Take Urannah dam, for example.

In July 2021, Barnaby Joyce issued a press release about delivering funds to keep the idea moving:

“The Australian Government is fully funding the $22.65 million business case and approvals project, which is expected to be completed in mid-2022. The Australian Government also previously committed $3 million to fund a feasibility study for the project.”

In fact, he missed another $2 million grant given to the project by Angus Taylor in 2020.

Without going into exhaustive detail, since 2016, this project has received 4 different grants from 3 different ministers and 3 different funds.

The grants have ostensibly been given to different companies except, via non-transparent funding and subcontracting arrangements, they all come back to Bowen River Utilities – a company that, according to the Guardian, is worth $100 on paper and whose sole director is John Cotter Jr, a former member of the LNP executive and active fundraiser and donor, who employs Jason Frecklington, husband of former Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington.

Bowen River Utilities also happens to be the proponent of the Urannah dam though it is unclear how they could possibly come up with the multi-billion dollar price tag to build it. They also have no expertise to do the required studies. Or do they just get $27.65 million of taxpayer funds to do their business case to sell to prospective investors?

Additonal to the dam, the proposal also includes a 22,500 hectare agricultural precinct, as well as water for mining projects and urban areas, and a hydro-electric power station.

Documents submitted by Bowen River Utilities to the federal government for environmental assessment show they have consulted major coalmine operators in the Bowen Basin about buying water from Urannah.

Gina wants more dams, among other things like more land-clearing, special economic zones in northern Australia, the elimination of payroll tax and stamp duty, and for pensioners to be able to fill the labour shortage without losing part of their pension. Always on the lookout for cheap labour, our Gina.

Barnaby and Gina are mates – what Gina wants, Barnaby will find a way to make us pay for.

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  1. Phil Pryor

    What a Putrid Pair of fellatio friendly schemers and screwers, the fat frau of the west and the drunken dicky drooler from New England…Let us pock, pillage, hole, scar, scrape, pollute, all for foreign glory and cash. Meanwhile we are sick, suffering, shortchanged, shafted, shammed and sharked by filthy corporations and their bumboys and joygirls who front this maggoting.

  2. Steve Flora

    “Taking care of mates” seems to be the primary rule in the LNP … everything from the AWM to the Fairwork Commission and sundry myriad offices in between.

  3. New England Cocky

    Gina wants more dams to provide the water necessary for coal mining operations in the Galilee Basin Qld.

    Beetrooter has many fine characteristics including adultery, alcoholism, bigot, corrupt, deceptive, egotist, fornication, harassment and misogyny. And the Tamworth ladies just love these outstanding qualities in their men.

  4. Robert Gough

    How can anyone vote for such a corrupt person

  5. Henry Rodrigues

    I wonder if the barnyard rooter ever cast his leacherous gaze over the ample folds of flesh that consist of the obese slob from the west. Could be satisfying for both of them, after all they do like to take everything to the extreme, squaffing and rollicking all over the bedsheets.

    The prim and proper ladies of New England must be very envious that they help keep the rooter in clover, but get very little personal satisfaction out of it.

  6. Kate Ahearne

    Thanks, Kaye.

    Yet more rorts! Unbelievable.

    I wish Albo would come out and SAY SOMETHING!

  7. king1394

    I don’t think Gina Rinehart would be anywhere as significant today without her massive inheritance from her father, Lang Hancock

  8. corvusboreus

    I like the photo BBBJ Barnstormerby bustin’ gigolo moves on Gina the Hutt.

    I’m kinda beyond being jawdropped or hardhackled by any extra revelations of the dodgy dealings and personal failings of the gut-rotted brain-damaged cock-compassed scammer with goldcard left in charge of straya when ‘scomo’ the delusional marketer goes AWOL

  9. GL

    I wonder how long it be before The Beetroot’s little brain takes over and starts the rest of him to wander in search of new horizons to root.

  10. Josephus

    I agree, Albo needs to speak out but we need an article by Kaye about Labor support of fossil fuels and perhaps water turpitudes. Not to speak of refugee cruelties. And what about the dangerous powers given certain ministers, which may overrule the apparent greed of certain sports officials but may also let in sportspeople, celebrities or au pairs without any controls or transparency .

  11. Kathryn

    Is it possible we can find people any more REVOLTING than Barnyard Joyce, Gina Swineheartless (the selfish entitled billionaire daughter of an absolutely contemptible racist), Peter Dutton (a frothing-at-the-mouth political psychopath who’s level of brutal inhumanity has received worldwide condemnation), Tony Abbott (who will go down in history as one of the worst, most pugnacious misogynists ever seen in politics), Rupert Murdoch (who, despite contemptuously tossing his Australian citizenship in the bin to become a 100% American, STILL manages to manipulate and control his puppets in the LNP from afar) and, of course, the smirking, cynical, totally corrupt, Sloth Morrison who is an irrational, signed-up member of the notorious paedophile-protecting CULT of Hillsong ???

    It appears that the LNP are spoilt for choice for unspeakably depraved, lying, conniving political parasites; none of them capable of even PRETENDING to lead this nation and ALL of them rotten to the core; crawling and doing EVERYTHING they can to further enrich and empower THEMSELVES and their disreputable billionaire donors (like Swineheartless) at the expense of ordinary working- and middle-class Australians! Australia is suffering from a Middle Ages syndrome where we have just been through the worst, most destructive NINE straight years of anni horribiles that has seen the LNP on a path of annihilation and non-stop environmental vandalism, destroying everything in their path and defunding EVERYTHING Australians cherish!

    FFS, kick the totally corrupt, elitist psychopaths in the LNP to the GUTTER at the next Federal election because THAT is right where they REALLY belong!!

  12. corvusboreus

    GL
    Whenever BJ Barnaby doth roam the wherever-else,
    be-it research trips to foreign shores or duties closer to home,
    BJ Barnum maintains a leery keen eye-out for flash bits’o kit,
    and always stands ready to throw some hay at the heifers.

    Nowendoc represent!

  13. Kaye Lee

    Josphus,

    “Labor has been saying for months now, that if these refugees are able to live in the community they should do so,” Keneally said.

    “In fact, we agreed with Peter Dutton, when he said it was more cost-effective to have these people living in the community while the outcome of their cases are determined. It is really now up to Karen Andrews to explain why that’s not happening.”

    I don’t really understand that because 25 of those in the Park Hotel have been determined to be refugees. We shall see how Labor deals with that.

    Re the fossil fuels, I will do that. Labor have been disappointing.

  14. Kaye Lee

    I hear Barnaby is getting married again. Here they are in professional mode…..

    https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/168a58cb6d488e5382e0c086a08e8190

  15. corvusboreus

    Nowendoc is a village that the main viaway twixt Glouchester and Uralla missed by a few hundred metres.
    It has road signage bristling with promise of hospitably safe amenity,
    but I suspect that might be a ploy to lure passersby into mischance (think ‘Cars that ate Paris’ with lower budget).

    At Nowendoc polling station in the 2019 fed-elect,
    Out of 75 eligable voters, 60 voted 1 BJ (86.51%), a drop of nearly 10% from 2016’s near-unanymous result.
    The 11 assorted combined rejection-note/encouragement-award ballots were split between GRN, CDP, UAP & a few INDIs.

    Yay to some rumblings of conscience in the hills!

    Ps, 4 Nowendocians chose to lodge their articulation of ambitions for electoral representation in the form of crudely crayoned anatomical depictions.
    These were officially counted as invalid informals, but consensus round the spitoon in the bulldust-floored local pub is that those dicpics were really meant to be votes for Barnaby.

  16. Mark Shields

    No wonder we never see a tree-hugging Greenie in power, when they’ve got the hubris of the Black-Lipped Coal Kissers to deal with.

  17. Michael Taylor

    A lot of people are embarrassed that this sot is our deputy prime minister. Me? I’m disgusted.

  18. corvusboreus

    Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia.

    Ethically embarrassing.
    Morally disgusting.
    Intellectually infuriating.

    The chainsmoking alcoholic who advocates a science-sceptic approach to planetary health,
    and high-horses on virtues of faith whilst indulging in adulterous deceits.

    A befouler of the nest his chicks will inherit.

    Benthos lifted into scum.

  19. Kaye Lee

    Another unedifying example of our Deputy PM at work…..

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ercoa5eVgAAuFZ-.png

  20. corvusboreus

    Mark,

    With trees it is wise, before hugging,
    to check the bark for caterpillars in line,
    So petting coal should be well shellacqued,
    Prior lips being pressed with passion.

  21. Roswell

    Is it possible we can find people any more REVOLTING than…

    Kathryn, it seems to be a competition between those you’ve named.

    It’s been a while since I’ve known of so many politicians in the one government I’d label as revolting.

  22. GL

    Just think of all the decades that Christensen, unless he does a Mr. Creosote, Lamming and other assorted LNP scumbags who are jumping ship will continue to be parasitic blood suckers on the public purse. Doesn’t it just warm your heart.

  23. Mark Shields

    “Another unedifying example of our Deputy PM at work…..” Thanks Kaye; this is exactly how I see that ignorant parliamentary turd (my own candidate) but unfortunately, many of his ignorant voters too! We have a lot of work to do in this country to bring it up to basic democratic electoral standards! And to do that we have a long way to go before our voters will ultimately recognise that despite their ignorance; many citizens would actually prefer to be politically aware, knowledgeable and educated when it comes to our own politics! And we can only thank the populist media for preventing that outcome! Our national ignorance is an utter shame, reflects disgracefully in international circles and leaves us as the dumbest Developed Country on Earth!
    CORVUSBOREUS I like your iambic pentameter but perhaps a Haiku would be more efficient?

  24. corvusboreus

    Mark,

    Focus brevity
    media manufactured
    haiku structure suits.

    (but it sux for 3 act scripting)

  25. corvusboreus

    KL,
    Your follow-up 2 x 1000 words show a couple of situations that seem to be relatively common in the sub-world of our betters.

    One illustrates that profferings of cleavage & thigh are sometimes accepted as an acceptable alternative form of security pass in lieu of official lanyard.

    The other depicts the extra-dishevelled crash that occurs when the rum outlasts the coke.

  26. Kaye Lee

    cb,

    I have worked many different jobs over my lifetime and I cannot think of one of them where the outfit Campion is wearing would have been allowed. Mind you, I have never been media adviser to a Deputy Prime Minister – we know they set a different standard.

    I am reminded of being a barmaid in the 80s. When they introduced lingerie night where I was supposed to serve drinks in the public bar wearing baby doll pyjamas (or worse) I quit.

  27. corvusboreus

    Media advice in Barnabyland:
    ‘combining inner thigh with roving eye is a winning formula when establishing connective rapport with lascivious drunks’.

  28. Kaye Lee

    In February 2021, John Cotter, the recipient of all these grants, wrote “The Urannah Water Scheme Stacks Up”

    “The recently completed draft Detailed Business Case (DBC) for the nation-building Urannah Water Scheme supports the construction of Urannah Dam and highlights the benefits it will bring to the region.

    Bowen River Utilities (BRU) has finalised the draft DBC and is currently consulting with stakeholders on the findings before publicly releasing the final DBC later this month.”

    The Urannah Water Scheme Stacks Up

    If the business case was finished, why were they given ANOTHER $12.65 million by Barnaby for ” business case and approvals” in July 2021?

    https://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/joyce/media-release/funding-delivered-keep-urannah-dam-moving

  29. Max Gross

    The entire LNP treats government as a business opportunity. Systemic rorts and stacking the decks are all part of that process. Feathering ones’ nest and shoveling Treasury funds into crony pockets is a no-brainer. After all, why else were the Libs and Nats formed as political parties? Public service? Fuck that!

  30. Andrew J. Smith

    One is quite familiar with some farmer and regional town Nat Party voters in southern NSW and parts of Victoria, most are unanimous but not loud, in their disapproval of both Joyce and Abbott before, for the their perceived inconsistency on ethics, morals and values.

    Another point on Rinehart, can one assume that her socio-economic and policy ideas are not entirely original, but seem to echo imported US ‘radical right libertarian’ socio-economic policies aka ‘segregationist’ economist James Buchanan, promoted by a Koch linked think tank and graduates in APH and media?

  31. Terence Mills

    The father of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s partner, Vikki Campion will stand at the next election for Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party.

    Peter Campion’s main platform is climate change denial. I’m surprised that the National Party haven’t snapped him up.

    They walk among us !

  32. Henry Rodrigues

    At least we can now reasonably assume that the fornicator was indeed just coveting his neighbour’s thighs.

    But the lovely ladies of New England can understand and forgive. That’s why he’s still there and still fornicating.

  33. Kaye Lee

    They should introduce Vikki’s dad to Gina.

    After making a $7.3 billion profit last year, Gina is bemoaning how much net zero will cost mining and agriculture.

    “How on earth after so many bad years depleting farmers resources, can those in agriculture be expected to dish out for, electric vehicles, approximately double the cost of fossil-fuelled vehicles, solar panels be that for high cost power installations, or even lessor costs for isolated lights, or solar panels on accommodation to enable hot water when the sun shines, or the greater costs added to the transport industries of new non-fossil trucks and locos, affecting all supplies farmers need, and the costs of them having to shift stock, for markets and otherwise, plus raised costs for suppliers affected by net zero expenditures, or all the other many costs involved in meeting net zero.”

    Gina doesn’t seem to get that your fuel source is free when you use the sun.

  34. totaram

    Kaye Lee: “Gina doesn’t seem to get that your fuel source is free when you use the sun.”

    She DOES understand. But she is not happy that it might be free for others rather than herself. The more things are free for the plebs, the less likely are they to contribute to her coffers. Simple. Anything free should be for HER, and HER ONLY !!
    And she has worked so hard to ensure that it remains so.

  35. Kaye Lee

    More than a year after a December 2020 deadline, 30% of major irrigators in the northern basin of NSW are yet to install accurate water meters and connect them to government monitoring via telecommunications networks.

  36. Mark Shields

    “I have worked many different jobs over my lifetime and I cannot think of one of them where the outfit Campion is wearing would have been allowed. ”

    Dear KL, it is so good to hear a professional woman dismiss this image for what it is! Helen Garner, a great female author and Feminist stated that (sic) “women need to respect their own truth”. Without Helen’s endorsement, I think we are bereft of universal agreement.

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