Backlash over Barnaby Joyce interview

Barnaby Joyce is taking extended leave from Parliament after accepting cash for interview.

Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce is living his very own soap opera, or drama, or dramedy – you decide …

Yesterday, Mr Joyce was granted leave after fallout from his decision to accept $150,000 from the Seven Network to tell the story about his affair and subsequent offspring with former staffer Vikki Campion.

After pleading for privacy with regards to his social life, Mr Joyce and Ms Campion offered to tell their story, starting a bidding war between Nine’s 60 Minutes and Seven’s Sunday Night.

Seven won the war, offering a cool $150,000 for the rights to make public Mr Joyce’s private life.

The pair claim the money will be put into a trust fund for their son, Sebastian, who will also be featured on the program.

Since Sky News presenter Paul Murray broadcast the program’s promotional video on Tuesday night, Mr Joyce’s colleagues have been livid, both publicly and privately.

Coalition backbenchers have described the move as “reeking of hypocrisy” and a “clear case of double standards”.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said he would take up the issue with Mr Joyce privately, also added “It's certainly not a course of action that I would have encouraged him to take.”

Cabinet Minister Kelly O'Dwyer has also condemned Mr Joyce's decision, saying that most Australians would be “disgusted” by his actions.

“Ultimately, it's a matter for him and his judgment. I personally wouldn't do it, I don't think it's right, and I think most Australians are pretty disgusted by it,” she told Radio National.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack also criticised Mr Joyce’s decision to accept payment for an interview.

“Whilst you are a serving Member of Parliament, you have to wonder about the merit of these things,” he said.

“The court of public opinion will always determine whether a politician has crossed the line.

“He chose to go down this path, we will let the people in New England decide whether that was such a sensible thing to do.”

Surprisingly, Labor has declined to get involved in the Joyce fiasco, reportedly out of concern for his welfare, possibly taking the moral high ground, and going so far as removing one of its own MPs during his leave so as the even out the parliamentary voting numbers.

The Coalition would not normally be able to grant an extended period of leave, but with four Labor MPs resigning last month over dual citizenship scrutiny, it had some leeway. Mr Joyce will return in August after the winter break. During his break, he plans to spend time with his son and write his autobiography.

What do you think of the Barnaby Joyce saga? Does he still cut a credible political figure?

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    MICK
    30th May 2018
    9:28am
    Looks like the rats in the coalition have abandoned their own, apart from this website where the support of this brand continues from the usual suspects.
    Personally I believe that a politician's private life should not be dragged through the media for all to dissect but then Joyce did SELL his story and he has courted the media in the past so what else would one expect. The price of fame and notoriety.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    12:23pm
    Well Mick, I for one used to be a Barnaby fan, but definitely not any more. Cant believe he threw his new partner under the bus, by claiming she was the one who wanted to take the money - very grubby! Also cant imagine how his former wife and kids must feel about him making such a public d**k of himself! There must be a line somewhere about him being from New England, and pulling the wool over everyone's eyes - but there again, who cares!
    MICK
    30th May 2018
    1:44pm
    "Grubby"? Welcome to what is in the DNA of the current coalition government. Not nice people and Joyce was but one of them. The rest are no better, at least not those on the front bench. Hopefully after the next election when they are spat backbenchers will rebuild the party so that it again only accepts human beings who respect democracy into its ranks.
    Adrianus
    30th May 2018
    3:13pm
    Yes Big Al, a Lion will not betray his wife.... but a Tiger Wood.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    3:23pm
    Mick - glad we agree on grubby Barnaby, but get hold of yourself - no more grubby that Slashin Sam Dastyari, or those icons of NSW Labor, Eddie Obeid and Ian McDonald! There is grubbiness on both sides Mick, and my experience over sixty plus years is that it is heavily weighted on your side - just saying!
    Happily retired early
    30th May 2018
    10:13am
    I am concerned of late for the state of the Australian voters brains, who votes for these incompetent, greedy, no conscience, self important clowns and it is across all political parties.
    ancal
    30th May 2018
    10:40am
    Happy R E, I feel the voters are so concerned about all our political people now but also very worrying is the attitude of the press!! The press are allowed to do anything and say anything, sometimes without any proof of the truth. There should be a law which prohibits them from doing that. We need to get rid of lawyers out of politics too, they cannot make decisions and stick with them, they have two bob each way and it is the taxpayers money they use to do that. Also Barnaby Joyce's private life should be left out of politics. Past pollies like Shorten once had a sexual charge against him and those things should be left alone.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    11:17am
    Happily retire early....I fully agree with you. While Joyce has declared to be off on Maternity Leave he says it can't be afforded for the rest of Australians.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    11:22am
    Agree about your concern for Australian voters, HRE, - the voters are the real victims having to put up with such self-centred donkeys representing them.
    All of them need to be voted OUT as a response from voters to the continuing dramas there including so many dual citizens, who lied in their job applications, illegally collecting salaries.
    Chooky
    30th May 2018
    11:11am
    Barney taking leave for his own ‘well-being’ taking leave due to a situation he created himself. Nobody else to blame, he made his bed, he now is laying in it.
    Barney is no shrinking violet as he has demonstrated over and over again. The Australian parliament and the people will be better off with the likes of him gone - permanently. Don’t be concerned about Barney, he will bounce back and go on to work in a cushy well-paid position in the future, They all do.
    Hoohoo
    31st May 2018
    4:41pm
    That's the ugly truth, Chooky.

    And not just the Nats either. We have ex-union Labor ministers now on the Boards of coal mining companies in the Hunter Valley & Andrew Robb who was the President of the Liberal Party & Trade Minister who sealed a free trade agreement with China then took a $880K-a-year job with a billionaire closely aligned to the Chinese Communist Party and its key trade policy, as soon as he left Parliament. Mr Ye is the owner of Landbridge, which controversially acquired the 99-year lease for the Port of Darwin in 2015. He is also a member of the national Chinese People's Consultative Committee, an advisory body that President Xi Jinping has directed to "uphold the CPC [Chinese Communist Party] leadership without wavering".

    Call it nepotism, hypocrisy or downright treachery, but these people should not be allowed to be elected as our servants, then betray us in their after-government lives. Especially when they are on HUGE SUPERANNUATION & "retirement" packages with ridiculous perks for life, at the public's expense.
    flowerpot
    30th May 2018
    11:13am
    I live in New England and I didn't vote for him last year and never will. However, there is a lot of support for him here, for some reason, and the many die-hard National Party supporters would vote for anyone who wasn't Labor or Green. The thinking is that at least he was born here unlike other delegates who only appear at election time.
    4b2
    30th May 2018
    1:43pm
    So much for compulsory voting?
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    4:28pm
    The average IQ of your electorate is obviously lower than the Marianas Trench.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    9:24pm
    knowsalot, you should know!
    HarrysOpinion
    30th May 2018
    11:27am
    Ohhhh, "Cry me a River, Barnaby" !
    Not a Bludger
    30th May 2018
    11:34am
    This long time servant of the public clearly has a problem and is now on sick leave.
    How dare you people “kick the dog when he is down” - leave the man alone.
    HarrysOpinion
    30th May 2018
    12:05pm
    Because the dog was too savage in parliament kicking other people who were down. What goes around, comes around!
    4b2
    30th May 2018
    1:45pm
    Never give a mug an even break. Barnaby wouldn't. Never has, never will. What comes around goes around. Suck it up.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    2:45pm
    He has always been a grub, he even looks the part, have a good rest Barnaby and don't bother to come back, stay home with your tart and bastard
    Hoohoo
    31st May 2018
    4:54pm
    You must be joking, Not a Bludger.

    Joyce is no-one's servant. Pity the poor folk in his electorate. Who's representing them now? And while he's writing his autobiography ffs!
    I'm not kicking him just while he's down - it's my opinion that he's already permanently down, in the gutter.

    He's being paid while on leave, as is his new partner, so why are they being so greedy & sleazy by selling their grubby story? I hope no-one watches it on TV & channel 7 waste $150K for their grubby part in it.

    30th May 2018
    11:39am
    Shocking behaviour from an ex (thankfully) Deputy Prime Minister going for Cash for Comment. It is not clear about the leave provided - elsewhere I read it was for 11 weeks returning on Monday, 13th Aug, whereas this article says it is for 4 weeks - which is correct?
    Also, is this paid leave (out of his accrued / advance annual leave) or is it unpaid? If paid, why should the taxpayers pay for such a long holiday?

    Also, he plans to make more profit out of this using the said leave - by writing an autobiography which presumably will earn him lots more money.

    All ACTIONS OF PROFIT AS A RESULT OF EMPLOYMENT SHOULD BE BANNED FOR SUCH SERVING MPs or ex-MINISTERS who are Public Servants! Turnbull did a good thing getting him to step down from Deputy PM and instituting the bonk ban, now he should go further and STOP THIS CASH FOR COMMENTS ACTIONS by Public Servants, including the autobiography while he is supposed to be working.

    Finally, how about all MPs proved wrongly elected being dual citizens, aided by their lying on their job applications, return all their salaries illegally earned? If crooks can be asked to return their proceeds of crime, and even Centrelink also demands wrong payments to be returned, how about these crooked MPs being asked the same?
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    12:27pm
    George, I would put it to you that Barnaby can only make a quid out of his autobiography as long as there enough fools prepared to go and purchase such a tome. I am happy to state publicly that I will not be one of them - are you with me?
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    2:38pm
    I certainly won't read it, and I won't watch the interview either. And I hope Barnaby Joyce disappears from politics, never to return.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    3:27pm
    Hell OGR, with the inanity of some of the comments you come forth with, I would have expected you might have headed the queue for Barnaby's chronicles! Time to totter off for a lie down, after a nice hot cuppa, old fella!
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    4:30pm
    Well, Big Al, she's right on the money this time.
    Travellersjoy
    30th May 2018
    11:58am
    Tawdry is the best one can say about the execrable Barnaby Joyce affairs, and the $150,000 should go to the wife and daughters.
    Only in the LNP does the criminal get to keep the profits from the crime.

    However, Murdoch looks after his man again, and will probably have them photographed and interviewed in his mags for the next ten years to keep rubbing their shame in the faces of voters from New England - if they feel any shame that is.

    The LNP members deserting the Barnaby scene have been part of it for years, have known exactly what he is, and preselected him year after year. Are they worried they will be seen for what they are? or that the mud will stick to them, too?
    gibbo111
    30th May 2018
    12:07pm
    What a hypocrite this bloke is. Claims to be a conservative catholic and is shacked up with his GF while still married- do the right thing and sort it out first. Claims to represent the tin and weatherboard people of regional Australia, I am one of them and am battling to get $2500 together to rid my house of termites, sure would love to pick up $150000 just to tell my story(no-one would be interested). This guy is so out of touch with reality and how the people he says he stands up for battle along in their lives. He truly is pathetic, he will probably end up working for Gina Reinhardt for 5 times the income he is on now. Just plain greedy
    cupoftea
    30th May 2018
    12:07pm
    these pollies will make rules to suit themselves and and that is mainly the LNP at the moment and they will do anything to make life hard for the people of this country
    Dabbydoos
    30th May 2018
    12:13pm
    Chooky I am with you all the way, he has had plenty to say in the past, is making money from his disgusting behaviour and wants to make more from an autobiography. Does he have any thoughts for his ex wife and daughters.
    Puglet
    30th May 2018
    12:13pm
    Joyce and Campion allowed Natalie Joyce and her young girls to be publically humiliated for months. The happy couple then allowed the SMH into their free love nest so Oz could see how happy they were (as opposed to be being with the discarded family). It was all beginning to die down and now they’ve sold their story to Channel 7. Even if Natalie and her daughters don’t watch it their school friends and neighbours will. I would have thought the family has been forced to bear enough without this greedy grab for money.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    1:19pm
    Natalie Joyce may be the reason he is now with Campion. She is not necessarily the victim here.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    2:33pm
    I Natalie Joyce is the reason he's with Campion, he should have shown the decency to divorce before taking off with someone else, and he should now show some respect for his daughters. He is SCUM. His behaviour is inexcusable. Heaven help his poor children!
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    4:10pm
    I disagree women never think of their children when they divorce. Or are they scum as well?
    Hoohoo
    31st May 2018
    5:13pm
    Anyone who starts an affair before their marriage is dissolved, is a bounder & fair dinkum SCUM, as you say OGR.

    Not only did he have an affair, he didn't even bother to use contraception. He certainly had little thought for the consequences to his wife & daughters & what they've had to bear.

    Marcus, divorce is not the problem here. It's the attitude of securing a new (& often younger) woman before cutting the umbilical cord with the discarded family: that's the problem. A decent person should recognise when their marriage is broken & they should go about severing the marriage before opening themselves to a new relationship. He didn't because he's a greedy grub. His ex-wife & family are better off without him.

    30th May 2018
    1:03pm
    I believe Barnabys new girlfriend set up the interview. It appears the new woman is even more trouble than the old one. Poor Barnaby.
    floss
    30th May 2018
    1:09pm
    They tell me even his best sheep has given him away,smart dog.
    floss
    30th May 2018
    1:13pm
    They tell me even his best sheep dog has given him away , smart dog.
    KSS
    30th May 2018
    1:22pm
    Oh spare me the crocodile tears for the soon to be ex Mrs Joyce. Hers is not the first long term marriage to break down and it certainly won't be the last. Marriages break down for many reasons and I doubt a single person on this forum has any real knowledge of the machinations of the Joyce marriage or indeed the personalities involved.

    It is interesting that over the last couple of days there has been a great deal of vennum spewed at Mr Joyce (and to a lesser extent Ms Campion) yet not one word about the media that have chased this story for months presumably because they think their audience will continue to buy it - and as it appears thee media is right. Had the 'public' not been so gleefully blood-thirsty in its attack on Mr Joyce, this would have been yesterday's chip wrapper and we could have all moved on.

    As it is, the media have conspired with the public to keep raking over the coals of a dead marriage, a new relationship and the five children involved. How they must love the interference of other political figures jumping on the condemnation bandwagon. The media could not have engineered a better outcome for the company sales figures!

    I cannot be critical of Mr Joyce and Ms Campion for deciding to try and take back some control by agreeing to a paid interview, given the media will continue to run their own stories anyway to appease the baying masses.

    As for calls to ban MPs and other public servants from writing books and the like, please tell me what the bargain bookshops will have to sell once this stream of product is lost.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    1:31pm
    I agree.
    Rae
    30th May 2018
    3:04pm
    The soon to be ex Mrs Joyce should hire a ghost writer and tell all. That would be interesting to the public and worth something.

    I'd like to see Mr Joyce sent to the ME in the hold of one of those sheep torture boats he is so mad keen on.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    4:31pm
    Joyce supported live export because many country Australians depend on the income. I personally don't support it but I understand their concern.
    Rae
    30th May 2018
    5:07pm
    Asia will take all the chilled meat we can manage without needing to ship live animals. Even chilled and skinned animal could be arranged if the bosses are too greedy to avoid paying Australian abattoir wages.

    We did have a brilliant sheepskin and leather industry here once upon a time.

    Two decades of my life were spent as a wool, sheep meat and grain grower.

    The farm Industry would be better off if politicians kept out of the bloody way in my opinion.

    30th May 2018
    1:29pm
    Good on you Barnaby for breaking away from a relationship that didn't make you happy and starting a new one. That was very courageous of you. Best of luck.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    1:33pm
    I'd vote for you Barnaby. We need some politicians with a willingness to make hard decisions.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    2:36pm
    Clearly you are as immoral and unethical as he is, and similarly lacking in respect for others.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    3:04pm
    There is a right way and a wrong way to end a relationship - and it's especially important to choose the RIGHT way when there are children involved. What Joyce did is contemptible.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    3:41pm
    OGR - on your grand stand again! Why not have a look at the circumstances surrounding Shorten's first marriage break down and subsequent re-connect, if you really want to moralize!
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    4:13pm
    Women do it all the time Rainey. Never thinking of anyone but themselves. I think you are being a bit critical.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    4:33pm
    OGR is right again, Al. And you commit the tu-quoque fallacy (look it up) bringing Bill Shorten into it.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    4:42pm
    Come on knows a lot he has a right to leave a bad relationship women do it all the time.
    Sundays
    30th May 2018
    4:48pm
    Well I don’t think Ms Campion got a good deal. This was the same man who told everyone that the baby might not even be his, and it was her idea to set up the interview. Given his lack of loyalty, she might need the $150,000 to raise her son
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    5:47pm
    Sunday you're right the baby may not be his and she did set up the ill fated interview that may cost him his job, Ms Campion doesn't have much going for her.
    rtrish
    30th May 2018
    1:34pm
    This interview is very poor judgement on his part. I for one am thinking of the child, Sebastian, who will grow up with all this publicity dogging him. Can you imagine the teasing and bullying when he is at school? Barnaby, and possibly his partner, are NOT thinking in the best interests of their son.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    1:44pm
    The public will have forgot it by the time he goes to school and he will have the $150000 to keep him happy. After all he will be just another kid with divorced parents. 70% of divorces are instigated by women and none of them appear concerned.
    4b2
    30th May 2018
    1:41pm
    This piece of filth continues to draw embarrassment for the Government. This latest move is more about hiding him from day to day crisis while the by elections are in progress. Strange his return is just after Super Saturday.

    The locals in his electorate must be very disappointed after having a honest reliable and balance member befor this COCKHEAD became their local MEMBER!
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    1:46pm
    He only left a bad relationship why are you so angry at him. Good on him.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    2:35pm
    No, Marcus. He insulted his daughters and every decent Australian. There are appropriate ways to end a relationship, and there are disgusting scum-bag ways used by people with no morals or integrity and no care for their children. Joyce used the latter.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    4:15pm
    I disagree Rainey , it's good to see him getting out of an unhappy relationship. He is so courageous. Well done.

    30th May 2018
    1:53pm
    I don't know why you women are so angry. 70% of divorces are instigated by women Barnaby has every right to leave a relationship if it doesn't make him happy. Women do it all the time. I think most of your comments are sexist and unfair.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    2:34pm
    If he left honestly and treated his children with respect, I might agree. But he acted disgracefully, and it's his poor daughters - and eventually his son - who will suffer.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    4:18pm
    One of his children is 20 and his youngest is 15, Theyre old enough to understand. The 20 year old girl will probably be divorcing her own husband in a few years.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    4:20pm
    The son will do real well since he got $150000.
    Rae
    30th May 2018
    5:15pm
    Yes but Mr Joyce may yet do a Gina- run on the kid's money. Lang was specific in his allocation of monies for his grandkids too and look what happened there.

    Joyce comes over as a money grubber which is fine in business but not nice in public representatives. And let's be clear these people are voted in to represent their constituents and are paid hefty salaries from the taxpayer's revenues. They are not celebrities and should not attempt to be so.

    Anytime I was on salary I was on call 24/7 which justified the high income. My employers expected me on the job not trying to make a quick buck or two on the side.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    5:50pm
    Rae the money is going to the child. He is thinking of the boy all the time. He will make a good dad.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    10:11pm
    Rae if anyone is a money grabber it's Campion she set up the interview. I suspect she is out to get anything she can.
    Hoohoo
    31st May 2018
    5:35pm
    Marcus, you're just not getting it! (& don't presume we are all women, please).

    Divorce is the right thing to do if you are in an unhealthy marriage. Indeed, you have a duty to yourself to be able to be happy.

    But tell me this, Marcus, of that 70% of women who start divorce proceedings, how many start a new family before their husbands are even asked for a divorce? Most women who seek divorce are busy caring for their children, not looking for an affair.

    Joyce has shown no regard for his discarded children. Worse, he's gone out & got himself a new child (maybe). People in country towns don't forget this stuff in a hurry, I can assure you. Those daughters have been forced to face humiliation every day, I'd guess.
    Dot
    30th May 2018
    2:56pm
    Appalled and horrified that a TV station is prepared to pay a Politician $150,000 for his side of the story, that money would have been better spend on our return veterans who have been totally abundant by the Government. Feel deeply sorry for his former wife and children.
    libsareliars
    30th May 2018
    4:15pm
    I think Barnaby is a total hypocrite and no I don't think he has any credibility.

    30th May 2018
    4:25pm
    Someone ought to put the moronic oaf Joyce out of his (and our) misery. The cretinous hat says it all!
    Kathleen
    30th May 2018
    4:55pm
    No such thing as bad advertising and people will tune in to see this!
    Although $150,000 is a lot of money to some of us on here it is not for this kind of story which will bring the ratings sky high.
    LNP front benchers are the nastiest lot I have seen in generations. They sneer throughout Question time in parliament or sit on their phones and ignore the whole proceedings or do not bother to turn up at all. Recently, this was the case that the whole side was empty.
    I am starting to feel sorry for Barnaby as he is being thrown to the wolves by many of his ‘team.’ They covered for him during the by election in his seat as it suited them then.
    I like the present Labor team as they are united and not made up of a lot of nasty, sneering
    , back stabbing anti friends.
    No better compliment could be paid to Labor than having a an extreme racist group bashing them on Facebook whilst supporting LNP and Pauline Hanson in particular. Yes, I know PH is not LNP, just a good ally!
    Loyalty is not a hallmark of Barnaby to either of his families and probably not his political party either. Maybe he will join Abbott in rubbishing his own party!
    Wince
    30th May 2018
    5:12pm
    Mmm... this latest example really does provide another facet of the true character of the guy.
    Here is a suggested outline for his book:
    -acts like a jackboot in parliament, always parochial never for the general good of the nation
    -can't string a meaningful sentence together
    -thinks that natural bushland (e.g. the Pilliga) is a waste 'cos you can't make money out of it, so let's destroy it (and put artesian groundwater, relied upon by his farmer constituents, at risk) by fracking
    -advocates for public money to be spent on 19th century solutions to energy
    -thinks nothing unethical in accepting personal gifts from Gina while in public office
    -gives lip to Green Senators when they fall foul of Section 44 and have the decency to resign
    -makes excuses when the same thing applies to him due to his own ineptitude but doesn't have the decency to resign (or at least stand aside while the High Court adjudicates)
    -betrays the trust of his wife, family and his own supposedly good catholic values by having a bit on the side
    -betrays the trust of his electorate by keeping up the pretence of happy family during the by-election
    -questions paternity of his 'son'
    -blames partner for current situation of peddling story for money

    A total hypocrite! Great candidate for the LNP! Quick, make him Deputy PM! A perfect example of the calibre of an Australian statesman for the rest of the world to judge Australia! We should be so proud!
    At least Malcolm had a modicum of ethics and common sense to call for changes in ministerial behaviour but he's got too many neanderthals in the LNP (and in their supporters judging by Roby above targeting Bill by throwing mud and hoping it will stick, and Marcus who seems to have a pathological beef with women). They all should go back to the Stone Age where they belong.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    9:17pm
    I don't have a beef with women. I am just wishing Barnaby well. Im just a nicer person than you.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    9:23pm
    I'm also a bit sick of the one sided female view. He has every right to leave a marriage that doesn't work. If it was a woman you lot would be cheering and saying how courageous she is. It goes both ways.
    Ny19
    30th May 2018
    9:31pm
    Great comment Wince. Please be aware that Roby is not me. It bugs me that this person who writes such disgusting comments has adopted a name so similar to mine.
    Sundays
    30th May 2018
    10:07pm
    Actually Marcus, it has nothing to do with gender. An elected politician with no morals who didn’t want their personal life raked over by journalists, then chooses to sell the story for $150,000. A complete hypocrite. As for the money being for his son, he is not a poor person and is quite able to support another child. I hope we will never see him again, and he spends the next few weeks off work looking for another job. I’d feel the same if he was a woman.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    10:29pm
    Sunday we can't sack every politician that leaves his wife or husband and most of the comments go way past Barnabys political responsibilities. In fact most of the comments have reflected a real hatred for a man simply because he left his wife and have nothing to do with politics. Some of the comments were vile and said mostly by women. 50% of marriages end in divorce and 70% of divorces are instigated by women and a large number of those would have had relationships before they divorced. Do you call those women as having no morals? And should we be surprised if the marriages of our politicians fair any better. Most of the comment stinks of double standards and a willingness for woman to crucify a man for doing what women do all the time.
    Not a Bludger
    30th May 2018
    5:21pm
    Oh Lordy Lordy - so the above represents Australia today - mainly a crowd of unedifying trolls, many quite potty mouthed and vicious.
    What on earth has happened to the tallish, bronzed, taciturn, matey and fair minded Aussie of not so long ago?
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    9:26pm
    It's ok I'm still here. But this other lot God knows.
    flowerpot
    30th May 2018
    7:25pm
    Not a Bludger -the problem here is when you cite personal privacy as your 'right' and then go and sell your story to the media. If you are in the public eye and are paid to be there, you must expect the media to be interested in what you do. Some comments are unpleasant but they come with the territory unless they are slanderous. I didn't vote for BJ because I didn't agree with his politics. I'm afraid he keeps making bad choices and that makes people doubt his ability to make good political choices too.
    Not a Bludger
    30th May 2018
    7:39pm
    Flowerpot - things like good and/or bad choices are only ever in the eye of the beholder.
    Alexii
    30th May 2018
    8:01pm
    Able to do an interview for $150K but unable to turn up at parliament (but will still get paid).
    Miss Piggy
    30th May 2018
    8:03pm
    "..... have a good rest Barnaby and don't bother to come back, stay home with your tart and bastard"

    Trood, the only one we KNOW to be truly innocent in this tacky situation is the baby boy, Sebastian. No child can be held responsible for the circumstances of it's conception and birth, and to label any child with the (in this context) ignorant and cruel term "bastard" is to add needless burden to his/her life. I thought this archiac attitude had been consigned to the bin long ago, but that seems not to be the case. Shame on you.
    Anonymous
    30th May 2018
    9:37pm
    Thank you finally a kind word from a lady. It seems all these woman know the circumstances of Barnaby and his ex wife's relationship. The truth is they know nothing but will attack him simply because he is a male and now they attack the child as well.
    flowerpot
    30th May 2018
    9:19pm
    Not a Bludger - I disagree. The ability to recognise good and bad choices is why we elect politicians. We expect our leaders to be able to have the integrity to know the difference. Your 'eye of the beholder' argument makes all choices of equal value with the implication that whatever we do it is ok because we thought it was. Ask a terrorist and then ask the victims and decide whether both choices should be given equal weight.
    Adrianus
    31st May 2018
    10:05am
    Every now and then we elect a person based on their transparency, and exuberant devotion to fixing our local issues, regardless of their endearing quality of occasionally treading in the poop in their enthusiastic haste.
    Barnaby is one example.
    I don't think he deserves gaol time.
    He didn't pocket union members' funds.
    He didn't cash in on mining leases.
    He didn't break any laws did he?
    Ritza
    1st Jun 2018
    7:40am
    Marcus, there are always two versions to a breakup.
    Your inability to acknowledge this and blame only one side and one gender shows you have been hurt in the past.
    ph
    3rd Jun 2018
    7:37pm
    I suspect Barnaby will retire soon. Just one last grab for cash then on to his parliamentary superannuation. Just guessing, but why else would a sitting member do this?
    Franky
    10th Jun 2018
    2:26pm
    His privacy had already been violated by the media and his colleagues so why not get some compensation to tell the whole story? I see nothing wrong but smell typical political posturing again, they just can't help themselves.


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