Barnaby Joyce seems to be trying very hard lately to find someone to be popular with.
First, he tried for the climate change deniers by penning a ridiculous piece that he thought would attract attention. It didn’t.
Then he called for an increase in Newstart for people in regional areas, something he was not interested in when he was leader of the Nationals.
Now he has admitted he was wrong to resist a banking Royal Commission.
And that he was wrong to classify the Indigenous Voice as a third chamber of parliament.
While you’re on a roll, let’s get it all out Barnaby.
You were wrong to piously lecture us all about the sanctity of marriage when you were rooting a junior staff member. (And you were wrong not to use contraception)
You were wrong to lie to your family and colleagues.
You were wrong to organise jobs for your mistress.
You were wrong to change Hansard to cover up an incorrect answer and then lie about it.
[At the time, the head of the agriculture department, Paul Grimes, said he no longer had confidence in his “capacity to resolve matters relating to integrity” with Joyce.
Joyce’s response was to sack Grimes “to remind him where the authority starts from”, boasting that he “got a lot more sense” out of bureaucrats after the firing.]
You were wrong to move the AVPMA to Armidale on a pork barrelling whim.
You were wrong to make cuts to the animal welfare branch of the department leading to a lack of regulation in the live sheep export trade.
You were wrong to divert environmental water from the Murray-Darling for agricultural use and you were wrong to hand over many millions of dollars to a select few to buy back water that doesn’t exist.
You were wrong to accept a cash award from Gina Rinehart and you were wrong to meddle in her family affairs.
You were wrong to try to drive through a flooded river leading to your brand new taxpayer funded $95,000 Toyota Landcruiser being written off.
Barnaby has shown appalling judgement, and morals, throughout his political career.
These poor decisions are always presented with the arrogance of someone who doesn’t need to listen to advice from anyone, a man who likes to receive and bestow favours.
A man who is absolutely certain he is right, until he thinks it might be politically advantageous to admit he may have been wrong.
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