Barnaby’s spill (and it’s not leadership-related…)
Former Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce says it’s “very embarrassing”, and until yesterday, other pollies were saying it was a matter for him and they hoped he was ok. We’re talking about the video that surfaced on Friday of Joyce lying on a footpath in Canberra after falling off a planter box on Wednesday night. For his part, Joyce has told his colleagues that a mix of medication and alcohol was behind the tumble. On Friday, PM Anthony Albanese wasn’t biting when asked to comment, but yesterday, he changed tack, saying people would “look for an explanation that has some credibility“. The House of Reps is back in session today, but reports say Joyce won’t be around for the Nationals’ regular meeting this morning. The question for Nationals leader David Littleproud is whether Joyce is ok to keep his frontbench role as Veterans’ Affairs spokesman.
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