Barnaby Joyce’s attack on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was not just an attack on him and the Liberal Party but also an attack on the stability of Australia’s federal government. In the 2 minute speech Barnaby Joyce made on Friday (16/2/18) the issue went from an individual’s affair and fraud scandal to an issue that could impact on every Australian if the government falls over.
When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull severely criticized Barnaby Joyce on Thursday (15/2/18) for his affair with staff member Vikki Campion the happiest person in the country would have been Barnaby Joyce because it gave him the opportunity he would have been waiting for to change the topic. As Barnaby will have us believe in the below video this is no longer about his “personal issue” but is now about the working relationship between the two coalition partners the Liberal Party and the National Party.
But what Barnaby didn’t realize, or likely didn’t care, is that once the scandal became a Liberal Party and National Party issue it also became an issue for every Australian as the stability and future of the government is on the line.
Protecting his $400,000 job
As has been widely reported a major motivator for Barnaby Joyce is not the welfare of the country but protecting his own financial welfare. He can’t afford to go from the $416,000 wage of Deputy PM to a backbencher’s wage of about $200,000 as he has a divorce to pay for and a new partner with a baby on the way.
Barnaby Joyce is holding Australia’s financial future to ransom to protect his own financial future. If the Liberal Party leave him alone he won’t bring the government down is in effect what Barnaby Joyce is saying.
If the old media had done their job last year when they first found out about Barnaby Joyce’s affair chances are we would not have the problem we have now because it is highly unlikely that Barnaby would have run for re-election in December with his whole electorate knowing what a fraudster he is.
Should Bill Shorten be criticizing Barnaby Joyce given Shorten also has had allegations and rumours against himself
What’s happening to Barnaby is just a taste of what’s going to come if Bill Shorten becomes Prime Minister. Bill Shorten has refused to answer questions regarding a number of scandals, including rape allegations and getting a staff member pregnant, but he wont be allowed that privilege if he becomes PM. Another example of what’s to come if Bill is elected PM are the allegations of extra marital affairs now confronting US President Donald Trump.
All of Bill’s criminal and sleazy conduct will become national news lighting up social media within days of him being elected Prime Minister which now seems inevitable and even more so with Barnaby’s scandal.
So, should the Labor Party be putting Bill Shorten front and centre to lecture Barnaby Joyce on morals and his obligation to answer questions when Bill Shorten refuses to answer questions on similar and worse allegations.
One of the key issues being raised on social media is that the old media did not report on Barnaby Joyce’s affair before the election in December, so it did not put in jeopardy his re-election. Some journalists even attacked it as a false rumour which they knew was a lie. This is similar to what happened to Bill Shorten in 2013/2014.
In 2013/2014 the Australian media were refusing to name Bill Shorten as the “Labor party figure” that the Victoria police were investigating for rape but this website did and I filmed the below video asking members of the public their opinion on whether we should know or not. As with the Barnaby Joyce issue the overwhelming view was that the Australian public does have a right to know and that the old media should stop censoring what they report.
Bill Shorten pulled a similar stunt when it was widely rumoured in Canberra that he had impregnated a staff member. Bill Shorten did an interview with Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper and denied the rumour but didn’t say what the rumour was. (Click here to read more)
Is it time for a National #MeToo movement in the Federal Government?
The hardest part of solving any problem is identifying what the real problem is. The real problem with Australia having the likes of Barnaby Joyce and Bill Shorten only one step away from being Prime Minister is that the old media haven’t called them to account for their grubby and corrupt conduct when they should have.
Sexual affairs, harassment and assault have been part of the landscape in federal politics for a long time so maybe it is time politicians started their own #MeToo campaign. It would at least clear out a few of the morally and ethically bankrupt crooks from parliament.
It just a matter of time before Barnaby Joyce goes and hopefully it is sooner rather than later. But if you think there is going to be a pause to the wild ride that federal politics has become when Barnaby’s gone then you’re wrong because Bill Shorten as PM is just around the corner.
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