Barnaby Joyce lashes out at Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd, calling them ‘dipsticks’ and ‘neck pain’ for sledding with Scott Morrison
- Barnaby Joyce – ‘I don’t care what your last job was mate, you’re a dipstick’
- ‘You have to have some kind of decorum for the office you held, and behave yourself’
- ‘You’re not going to have an election before Christmas, that would be crazy’ – Joyce
- Ex-politicians ‘should be broader-minded with a brain between their ears’
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has berated former Prime Ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd for recent comments about the diplomatic spat between Scott Morrison and French President Emmanuel Macron.
On Channel Seven’s Sunrise programme, Joyce called the former prime ministers “dipsticks” and “neck pain.”
Mr Turnbull called Mr Morrison “embarrassing” and “ambiguous” about his conduct towards France in scrapping a $90 billion submarine deal.
“He’s always been a liar,” Mr Turnbull said at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Mr Rudd said Mr Morrison should apologize to Mr Macron for the way the submarine deal was dumped.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce slapped former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured)
In Sunrise, Mr. Joyce used a horseback riding analogy to explain his views on Mr. Turnbull and Mr. Rudd, saying that in politics it’s not how you ride the horse, it’s how you get off it.
“Some people gracefully step off it and walk up to the railing and sit on the railing… but some people just can’t help it.
“They keep one foot in the stirrup and get swept up in the horse manure.
“They’ve gone from former prime ministers to the current neck pain,” he said.
He added that if someone walks around a workplace, morning tea, or pub and calls everyone a liar, you would just look at the person and say, “I don’t care what your last job was, buddy, you’re a dipstick .”‘
Barnaby Joyce has called on former prime ministers like Kevin Rudd (pictured) to behave with ‘some kind of decorum’
Joyce said people shouldn’t “wander around with these kinds of accusations.” You have to have a kind of decorum for the office you held, the nation you led, and behave yourself.’
The National Party leader called on Mr Turnbull and Mr Rudd to be more careful in expressing their views, saying they should put down this “subtlety and reverence” so as not to create a problem.
He said former politicians are expected to rise above politics. ‘You are always an idealist when you walk up the hill and you are more open-minded when you come down the hill. But you’re more open-minded with a brain between your ears.’
Labor backbencher Joel Fitzgibbon, who is leaving politics in the next election, defended Rudd. “Kevin has made a few comments, he has called on Scott Morrison to apologize to Emmanuel Macron, but Malcolm Turnbull has been combative and personal in his attacks on Scott Morrison, and that’s not good for him and it’s not good for him.” country.’
Mr Fitzgibbon praised the other living former prime ministers. “Julia Gillard, Paul Keating, Tony Abbott, John Howard have all shown that they are capable of being statesmen when they retire, and they all should.”
Joyce also said there will be no elections in the coming weeks. “I’d put my house on it, you won’t have elections before Christmas, that would be great.”
He said, ‘You just annoy people when you turn them on for Christmas. That will not happen.’
But he added that politicians are preparing for elections due by May at the latest. “You can’t fatten the pig on market day, so it’s no wonder you’re getting a lot of people on both sides of politics on the road at this point because they know that when Christmas comes, people put their fingers in their ears and say “Go away politicians, I don’t want to hear from you for a few weeks.”‘
Fitzgibbon said he thinks the election will take place in March. ‘It would be political suicide for Scott Morrison’ [to call an election] before Christmas, because then you will almost certainly lose.’