Barnaby Joyce scrambles to hand back $40,000 prize awarded by Gina Rinehart

Minister Nigel Scullion, Gina Rinehart and Barnaby Joyce at the National Agriculture Day celebration in Canberra on Tuesday.

“This is very unhealthy for our democracy. It’s not right, it doesn’t look right, it doesn’t smell right. This is very, very unusual and concerning conduct,” Mr Shorten said.

Mr Joyce – who is fighting a byelection after being booted from Parliament for holding dual citizenship – said on Tuesday night that “all I’m thinking about now is the things I’m going to do on my own farm” with the money.

When handed the novelty oversized cheque, he exclaimed: “Hooley dooley! Rightio.”

Barnaby Joyce scrambles to hand back $40,000 prize awarded by Gina Rinehart