Tag: Barnaby Joyce

Barnaby Has Already Achieved Net Zero! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So Labor, it’s up to you. Barnaby has told us that they don’t have a plan and this is a problem for Scott Morrison – who we’re told wants to achieve net zero emissions at the same time as vaccinating the population. Both are to happen, “as soon as possible” which is a pretty ambitious plan for most of us, but it seems pretty pedestrian for a man like him who believes in miracles. Couldn’t we have at least one of them happening before it’s possible instead of waiting for the possible? Otherwise, where’s the miracle? sigh< Maybe I should just congratulate Barnaby for achieving net zero in politics and conclude that maybe the planet knows what its doing and when the cockroaches take over, it might be an improvement.

Source: Barnaby Has Already Achieved Net Zero! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A Turd in the Surf at Bondi – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In the end, the Joyce factor may end up multiplying Morrison’s challenges and highlighting even further his government’s corruption, ineptitude and inadequacy; its lies and, above all, its catastrophic failure to protect its people.

Source: A Turd in the Surf at Bondi – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Four words sum up the Joyce reshuffle and none benefit the country

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is trying to reward his backers with promotions.

Borrowing from Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Joyce will confuse personal interest with the public interest and believe his new ministers are best for the country. Deep down, they are not.

 Every transaction tells Australians what to expect from the Nationals leader now he is restored to what he sees as his rightful place as Deputy Prime Minister. It should embarrass ministers who like to think they gain their positions on merit.

Source: Four words sum up the Joyce reshuffle and none benefit the country

Rehabilitation comes more easily to some than others in the public eye

Barnaby Joyce  poses for photos with partner Vikki Campion and children Sebastian and Thomas during the swearing-in ceremony as Deputy Prime Minister.

However, Barnaby 2.0 also poses one of the great questions about the modern-day redemption of public figures: why are we more forgiving of our politicians when scandalous episodes – even if relatively trivial – can spell career and social death for others in the spotlight?

Source: Rehabilitation comes more easily to some than others in the public eye

Barnaby’s back — and so are the climate wars

Since Barnaby Joyce’s sensational return to the leadership of the National Party and consequently the Deputy Prime Ministership, much has been written about what this means for Scott Morrison and the Coalition Government he leads.

Source: Barnaby’s back — and so are the climate wars

Barnaby Joyce’s 14 greatest achievements

Barnaby’s back! To those of us who have witnessed leaders’ heads roll within the Coalition faster than their accusing fingers can point to “Labor, Labor Labor!”, it seems beyond farcical.

Source: Barnaby Joyce’s 14 greatest achievements

The Nationals have re-tooled – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Barmy himself may well say “I’m no Albert Weinstein“, confusing the iconic genius with the Hollywood sexual predator and zimmer frame test pilot, thereby both proving the point and rekindling memories of his past proclivities. He’s declared that after three years in back-bench penury he’s a changed man who does not intend to rejoin his fellow Pepé Le Pew Club members Porter, Tudge and Lamming trawling Canberra’s nightspots looking for knee tremblers behind the coat racks. His new crusade is to fuck the country not his staff.

Source: The Nationals have re-tooled – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Nationals plan to pay farmers to cut emissions in deal on net zero

Barnaby Joyce has returned to the Nationals leadership with David Littleproud as his deputy.

Farmers will gain a chance to be “repaid” for helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions in a proposal from the Nationals that opens the way for a deal on climate change under new leader Barnaby Joyce. Setting out the terms for a negotiation on an ambitious new climate target, Nationals deputy leader David Littleproud warned that farmers had carried the cost of previous targets and needed compensation for stronger action.

Source: Nationals plan to pay farmers to cut emissions in deal on net zero

Barnaby Joyce restoration spells trouble for Scott Morrison

Barnaby Joyce Scott Morrison trouble

Who’s Mining the Store Barnaby is

There are real fears in the Morrison government that junior Coalition party – the Nationals – will derail its carefully laid re-election plans.

Source: Barnaby Joyce restoration spells trouble for Scott Morrison

Barnaby Joyce is back – questions about his conduct remain! – Michael West

Barnaby Joyce is back

Barnaby Joyce proves that a long history of questionable conduct, pork barrelling, and obtuse dealings with nonexisting water is no obstacle to National Party leadership. Here are “six of the best” from our QED database – living, walking proof of the need for a Federal ICAC now. $5300 for Barnaby Joyce’s three NRL games

Source: Barnaby Joyce is back – questions about his conduct remain! – Michael West

Senate misled: Watergate deal negotiated directly with Swiss-based Cayman Islands director – Michael West

AHURI - Angus Taylor

New documents show the government negotiated the controversial $80m Watergate deal directly with the Cayman Islands company founded by Energy Minister Angus Taylor. The Department failed to notify the Senate. Jommy Tee investigates the email trail between the Department, then overseen by Barnaby Joyce, and secretive Switzerland director and Taylor associate Connor Maloney.

Source: Senate misled: Watergate deal negotiated directly with Swiss-based Cayman Islands director – Michael West

The batshit crazy ramblings of Barnaby Joyce – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I will make one prediction; after this is published it will be promptly followed by the remnants of the traditional media in furious pursuit of my heresy. Questions will be asked by the fourth estate and high octane derision will issue forth from the climate change actionistas.

via The batshit crazy ramblings of Barnaby Joyce – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The price of not paying attention: Five ministers we cannot afford

Three years is a long time in any democracy. Three years of callous disregard for the vulnerable, the ill and the homeless, for the voiceless First Peoples, for the disabled and the elderly, the unemployed and the underemployed, and those held in detention without trial — some of whom have already attempted suicide this week. Three years is also a long time to spruik religion to a secular society, spit in the face of science and ignore the havoc we are wreaking on our natural world.

Morrison has already wasted $185 million on a stunt purely to stop critically ill asylum seekers (including children) from receiving medical attention. Morrison voted against a banking royal commission 26 times. He believes coal is the answer to our problems. Morrison is a failed Treasurer, who managed to double our debt. And ScoMo campaigned with only one policy: tax cuts.

via The price of not paying attention: Five ministers we cannot afford

Bundy and #Watergate

Barnaby Joyce’s outrageous behaviour on ABC Radio National has made a Coalition victory next month even more improbable.

BARNABY JOYCE is not an idiot. He is something far worse. He is a moderately intelligent man who falsely believes he is smarter than everyone else.

The world is full of these sort of men. It would be easy to dismiss them, except somehow these dolts seem frequently to find a way of weaseling themselves into positions of importance. And once there, their unfathomable self-confidence, combined with their manifest ineptitude, invariably causes chaos and calamity.

via Bundy and #Watergate

Coalition faces calls for inquiry into Murray-Darling deals signed by Barnaby Joyce | Australia news | The Guardian

Part of the Murray-Darling

$80,million Spent like water (ODT)

Guardian Australia reported this week on the mystery surrounding the reason Joyce chose the companies he did for the buybacks. On Friday, Labor raised specific questions about one of the purchases, worth $80m.

On Saturday, Hanson-Young said she would write to the auditor general requesting an urgent audit.

“The auditor has a responsibility to investigate how $80m of taxpayers money was paid for water that doesn’t exist,” she said in a tweet.

via Coalition faces calls for inquiry into Murray-Darling deals signed by Barnaby Joyce | Australia news | The Guardian

Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Australia and the Caribbean – Michael West

Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Australia and the Caribbean

It is extraordinary that the profit from Barnaby Joyce’s record payment for Australian water rights, an $80 million payment of taxpayers’ money, found its way to a company in the Cayman Islands which had been set up by Angus Taylor, a company at which Taylor had been a director for six years. Report by Michael West.

via Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Australia and the Caribbean – Michael West

Gina Rinehart, Barnaby Joyce and the ‘epic fail’ phone tower

Tower troubles: The Telstra phone tower (left) on the Sundown Valley Pastoral Company property owned by Gina Rinehart. Inset: Gina and Barnaby Joyce.

A phone tower that Barnaby Joyce fought for ended up on the northern NSW property of long-time friend and mining baron Gina Rinehart, who gets an annual fee to host the tower. Locals are baffled why the tower was put there over another location, as it’s plagued with reception problems.

via Gina Rinehart, Barnaby Joyce and the ‘epic fail’ phone tower

EDITORIAL: Something stinks in the Coalition and it’s not just dead fish

Murray-Darling gross mismanagement

While then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Barnaby Joyce was busy building up his “private” media brand enough to rival the Kardashians, under his watch, management of the Murray-Darling Basin was steadily careering out of control.

Perhaps the most damning part of this whole stinking mess is best summed up with this one little detail concerning the chief beneficiary of Coalition Government water policy, Webster Limited:

‘Webster, a Tasmanian company, is also one of Australia’s biggest water traders. Its shareholders include Australian Food and Fibre, which is controlled by the Robinson family, a major donor to the National Party.

via EDITORIAL: Something stinks in the Coalition and it’s not just dead fish

Get more bang for your democracy buck with a leadership challenge from Barnaby Joyce | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

When Barnaby says he isn’t after the leadership we believe him because politicians on this side always tell the truth about these things

 

via Get more bang for your democracy buck with a leadership challenge from Barnaby Joyce | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

No finding by Nationals in Barnaby Joyce sexual harassment case

The Nationals show what happens when you investigate yourself you throw the woman out with the dirty water. Muslims also require a male witness in the case of rape. It’s not in the Koran but it too is justice created by men. Is Germaine Greer right? Nobody seems to believe that Wake in Fright was a Documentary. (ODT)

The Nationals have been unable to make a finding on the claim by a woman that former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce sexually harassed her.

Catherine Marriott, former West Australian Rural Woman of the Year, made the allegation at the height of the controversy over Joyce’s affair with his former staffer (and now partner), Vikki Campion. He claimed at the time it was the tipping point that led him to quit the Nationals’ leadership, although he has said subsequently when Campion became pregnant, he always knew he would have to go.

Marriott, who made the complaint in confidence, was highly upset when her name was quickly leaked.

She said in a Friday statement expressing her frustration at the inconclusive result of the eight months investigation that “this outcome simply isn’t good enough”.

She had been told by email on Thursday that the NSW National Party “has been unable to make a determination … due to insufficient evidence”.

“This is despite the investigation finding I was ‘forthright, believable, open and genuinely upset’ by the incident.

“The result of this investigation has underpinned what is wrong with the process and the absolute dire need for change”, she said.

Joyce on Friday had no comment beyond standing by what he had said initially, when he described the accusation as “spurious and defamatory”.

via No finding by Nationals in Barnaby Joyce sexual harassment case

Barnaby Speculates About His Private Life In Public! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It seems that Mr Joyce has told “The Sydney Morning Herald” that the child’s biological father was “a bit of a grey area”, a revelation which must fill all of us – including Vikki Campion, the child’s mother – with a great sense of relief.

Mr Joyce makes a salient point when he chides “The Daily Telegraph” for assuming that he was, in fact, the father without checking. However, from there I find both my sense of what’s an appropriate comment to make and my knowledge of the facts of life differing from the Honorable Mr Joyce.

via Barnaby Speculates About His Private Life In Public! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A new enemy now lives in the PM’s camp

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Third is that Turnbull has created a determined new enemy in the Coalition’s ranks. Joyce is furious that Turnbull condemned him so publicly, and is convinced that Turnbull’s office went on to leak against him. Joyce will now join Tony Abbott on the backbench and on a mission to destroy Turnbull.

Turnbull had his 10 minutes of virtue-signalling and his 15 minutes of publicity. Now he will have a lifetime enemy inside his own Coalition. Another one.

via A new enemy now lives in the PM’s camp

“THE BONKING BEETROOT”: Deputy PM and “homewrecker” Barnaby Joyce allegedly may have traded sex for favours with powerful Canberra lobbyist – True Crime News Weekly

Shari Markson from Murdoch’s stable didn’t break the Barney Story but did raise it to political thunder to discredit Malcolm Turnbull our PM

Only after billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch gave the nod to his News Corp foot soldiers last week to proceed with publishing the truth about some of the scandals surrounding Mr Joyce, did other journalists suddenly somehow discover their reporting mojo and investigative capabilities.

 

Rupert Murdoch
Media mogul and political kingmaker Rupert Murdoch (Commons)

Over the past week, news headlines in Australia have involved almost nothing else apart from the struggles facing Mr Joyce. The headlines have even travelled around the world with media in the USA and UK reporting on Mr Joyce’s troubles and travails. Clearly and obviously this story was in the public interest. But why not in October and November last year when Mr Joyce was facing an important by-election in New England caused by his own ignorance of his citizenship status?

via “THE BONKING BEETROOT”: Deputy PM and “homewrecker” Barnaby Joyce allegedly may have traded sex for favours with powerful Canberra lobbyist – True Crime News Weekly

If you have good ratings you can do whatever you please – just ask Donald Trump, Don Burke and Barnaby Joyce. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Despite all of Barnaby’s failings and poor judgement calls, my real disgust lies with the other 20 Nationals in parliament who have implicitly condoned his behaviour using the Don Burke excuse. Barnaby’s ratings are so good that he can do whatever he pleases and they will still support him for the sake of their own incomes.

The “don’t tell us what to do” attitude is ludicrous. You are obviously so out of touch with what is appropriate, or you never cared, that you have lost all credibility.

You are enablers. And for that, you all deserve condemnation.

via If you have good ratings you can do whatever you please – just ask Donald Trump, Don Burke and Barnaby Joyce. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

PM bans sex between ministers and staff and calls on Barnaby Joyce to consider his position

Not fit to lead: Turnbull has punished Joyce the best way he can

But he conceded he was powerless to force Mr Joyce to stand down as Deputy Prime Minister because the Nationals leadership can only be decided by the Nationals party room.

via PM bans sex between ministers and staff and calls on Barnaby Joyce to consider his position

Political advisers: a case of who you know, not what you know?

Barnaby Joyce (far left) in June last year with media adviser Vikki Campion (far right).

I don’t think I properly understood before that the hiring of political staffers is arbitrary and without scrutiny. One of Australia’s leading researchers in this area, Maria Maley, also at the ANU, has comprehensively reviewed federal political advisers in Australia. The news isn’t good. She describes advisers as “a cadre separate from the public service … partisan”. Under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act, they are employed personally by ministers but their salaries are paid by the taxpayer.

Maley says one of the negative features of Australia’s arrangements is the secrecy surrounding the identity of ministerial staff. We don’t really know who they are, how they got there and why they were chosen. It’s awful.

Maley says the Coalition, under former prime minister John Howard, ditched the practice of naming advisers; and their identities are not readily publicly available. Everyone in Parliament House knows but not us. We pay the bills but we don’t know who they are.

via Political advisers: a case of who you know, not what you know?

Malcolm Turnbull’s dilemma as Barnaby Joyce becomes a liability

PM's office says Vikki Campion jobs did not breach rules because she was not Barnaby Joyce's 'partner'

The grounds for removal are arguably already there. Not only is there the distraction but there is also the revelation that Joyce failed to inform the PM of his changed circumstances including that his new partner was a staff member – a notification to the PM is required under the ministerial code of conduct

via Malcolm Turnbull’s dilemma as Barnaby Joyce becomes a liability

Barnaby Joyce Volunteers To ‘Look After’ Pistol & Boo, Following Depp, Heard Divorce

pistol and boo

The Deputy Prime Minister has put his hand up to help out in whatever way he can, after celebrity couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard confirmed their divorce this week.

“They’ll have a lot on their minds, a lot of things to work through. All I’m saying is I can take care of the dogs,” Joyce said.

Asked if he was considering helping out on alternate weeks or just once in a while, Joyce said his solution was ‘permanent’.

He said history had shown that dependents often have a hard time when parents get divorced. “Johnny and Amber aren’t in the right state of mind to look after Pistol and Boo at the moment. I’m not looking to put Johnny or Amber down. Just the dogs”.