Okay, everyone, a friend of mine missed 7:30 so they didn’t see the Leigh Sales interview with Barnaby Joyce and they wanted to know what it said…
Now, this is a personal message to my friend so I think that you should stop reading about now unless you’re my friend… All right, some of you may be wondering why I’m posting this on the internet if it’s personal, but that’s just the point. It’s personal and I don’t want you to read it unless you are, in fact, my friend.
I mean my special friend, not just any old friend.
Anyway, the interview went something like this:
Sales – Mr Joyce, there was a front page photo which suggested a woman was pregnant with your child. Is that true?
Joyce – Look, I don’t intend to comment on what is, after all, a personal matter.
Sales – But the suggestion is that one of your former staffers is now having your child. Surely the public has a right to know if any taxpayer dollars were spent.
Joyce – Nobody’s been able to find any, so that’s a personal matter too.
Sales – There’s also the problem that – if you were having a relationship with a member of your staff – there was a power imbalance.
Joyce – Look, marriage break-ups are personal and I’d appreciate it if everyone would just accept that mine wasn’t very pleasant but I don’t see why I should share the details with everyone.
Sales – I’m not asking you to share the details. I’m just trying to establish whether there was any abuse of position.
Joyce – Well, I think my choice of position is a personal choice and I certainly won’t be answering any questions on it.
Sales – Moving on, it seems that Adani won’t be getting developed because it can’t get funding from either the government or the private sector.
Joyce – Adani is a very personal matter and I don’t see why the public has any need to know.
Sales – But Adani…
Joyce – Look, you shouldn’t be getting bogged down with Adani. The Gallillee Basin isn’t about Adani. If Adani doesn’t work out, then why not give someone else a crack.
Sales – So you don’t think Adani will work out.
Joyce – Hey, what is this? I’m not briefed on what’s happening with Adani. I didn’t come on to answer questions about Adani. I specially came on to not answer questions about my private life. There was no suggestion that you’d ambush me by asking me about questions outside my portfolio.
Sales – As Deputy PM, shouldn’t everything be part of your portfolio.
Joyce – I’d just like to say that the break-up of my marriage has taken a toll on me and people close to me and…
Ok, I may not have it verbatim, but you get the gist. Anyway, I’ll see you Friday for coffee. Let’s meet somewhere discreet where none of my wife’s friends will see us. xx
Gee, I hope nobody else read this far. Like I said: It’s personal.