When Barnaby Joyce became our Deputy Prime Minister on Monday (21/6/21) for the second time, I put a message on Twitter “Australia again has a sexual predator, alcoholic and fraudster as Deputy Prime Minister” and some media went in hard about him resigning 3 years ago after sexual harassment allegations by Catherine Marriott. But no journalists from the old media raised his involvement in the $80 Million Cayman Island Watergate fraud involving Angus Taylor that is now at least $190 million in total or other frauds Mr Joyce has been involved in over the years.
What was also disturbing is that Channel 9 journalist Chris Uhlmann claimed Barnaby Joyce resigned solely because of his sexual relationship with his staffer and current partner Vicki Campion which is false as the main driver for Joyce’s resignation was the sexual harassment allegation. It is impossible to understand how Uhlmann made that mistake as Joyce was specifically asked at the press conference on Monday (21/6/21) why he resigned and about the sexual harassment allegations against him and Joyce in his mumbling way admitted it was because of the sexual harassment allegation. And other media reported it but not Chris Uhlmann who made up his own reason.
The ABC’s 7:30 programme reported: “Barnaby Joyce left the leadership of his party in the wake of revelations of his affair with a staffer, but his resignation came after sexual harassment allegations were raised by a senior woman in the rural sector which he described at the time as the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Joyce denies the allegations, the Nationals ran an internal inquiry which was inconclusive.
The woman at the centre of the allegations, Catherine Marriott, broke her silence in an interview with 7.30 later that year but said she never wanted her name to be made public.
CATHERINE MARRIOTT, RURAL BUSINESSWOMAN (7.30, 2018): They leaked it, my name was leaked and that is one of the most frightening things that you will ever have to live through. (Click here to read more)
Crikey reported: It’s back to Barnaby as the rural right-wing rump dumps Michael McCormack as Nats’ leader and restores the climate denialist and accused sexual harasser. (Click here to read more)
Barnaby Joyce speaks after winning National Party leadership spill
But no one reported on Monday or today about Barnaby’s long list of financial fraud. I published an article in July 2020 titled “Scott Morrison helps with the cover-up of the Barnaby Joyce run Watergate fraud which now totals at least $190 million” which started off:
The estimated value of the fraud that Barnaby Joyce orchestrated when he was federal Water Minister has grown to at least $190 million with the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) releasing a report on Thursday (16/7/20).
The report found that on Barnaby’s watch the department only used a “limited tender” process which really means there was no real tender process and the whole system was corrupted. It’s well-known that Barnaby Joyce got rid of the requirement for tenders, at least for the $80 million Angus Taylor / Cayman Island fraud which was done without a tender, The ANAO investigated $190 million of water buybacks which based on the report were done no better than the $80 million Angus Taylor / Cayman Island fraudulent water buyback so the whole $190 million spent on water buybacks likely involves fraud to some degree.
The blatant corruption is obvious in the ANAO report where at paragraph 16 it says, “The department only negotiated price for one procurement”. Why did they only negotiate on price for one purchase? That is one hell of a red flag pointing to government employees involved in fraud which we know was done on the direction of Barnaby Joyce and that’s why he got rid of the tender process.
Calling it a “limited tender” process is a joke because it is really nothing more than a process deliberately designed to help facilitate fraud. (Click here to read more)
So why have the old media raised the sexual harassment allegation against Barnaby Joyce and other issues but not his financial fraud? As Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce can select the portfolio he wants to be the Minister for and whatever it is Barnaby will have one eye on how he can steal some cash for himself.
If Australia’s old media had been doing their job over the last few years, at least to a reasonable degree, then Barnaby Joyce would have had no chance to be re-instated as Deputy Prime Minister, but I suppose a similar thing could be said for many politicians.
As it currently stands the public are still reliant on the old Australian media companies but that is changing fast and in the near future smaller media players will dominate the media landscape and have the most influence although the old media companies are not giving up their “power” easily.
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