|Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce pissed at work|
*Update: Is this man fit to serve?
The deputy PM Barnaby Joyce's affair with his pregnant girlfriend has well and truly exploded across Australian media, turning into another massive headache for the Turnbull gov. You'd think the gov would be used to headaches by now, but this one is a doozy!
The anger in the community you can almost taste. My guess is that he'd not have won the New England by election had this have been reported as now back then. People are appalled at what he's done to his wife and 4 daughters. Appalled at what he did in his Canberra gov office workplace. Appalled that he didn't even have the forethought to practice safe sex, particularly with a real possibility of pregnancy. Appalled at the way he's treated those staff of his who disagreed with the affair, overlooking them for positions or promotion. At the way the prime ministers office was forced to intervene to get her moved out of his parliamentary office, a new full time job being created in MP Mat Canavan's parliamentary offices that wasn't there before. The position wasn't advertised and she was not replaced by anyone after she left. And on and on....
But most of all for us LGBT it is the sheer unadulterated hypocrisy from Joyce, pleading for privacy after throwing our private lives to the wolves for months during the marriage equality postal survey. Up until now it's pretty much been Joyce pushing this line, albeit other Canberra politicians giving the statutory line of staying the fuck out of the Barnaby affair. However, the prime minister himself has entered the fray pleading for Joyce's privacy in entirely hypocritical language at least equal to Joyce's. It's not just Joyce now, but hypocrisy from this gov on the issue.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he and his wife Lucy are acutely aware of the hurt Barnaby Joyce's marriage breakdown has caused his estranged wife and daughters.*My bolding.
Mr Turnbull would not be drawn on reports the Deputy Prime Minister's new partner and former staffer was offered a posting in a colleague's office last year, saying he did not want to publicly discuss private matters.
"It is a tough and distressing episode and I am very conscious - Lucy and I are very conscious - of the hurt occasioned to Natalie and their daughters in particular," he told reporters in Canberra on Friday.
"So that's why I don't want to add or contribute to the discussion about it."
The Prime Minister rejected the need for Australia to follow the United States and ban MPs from sleeping with their staff.
"Relations between consenting adults is not something that normally, you would be justified in, if you like, seeking to regulate," he told reporters.
"Adults can conduct their relationships - if it's consensual, respectful - that's their right." The Age
Shame the prime minister didn't think like that about us LGBT in the postal survey. He certainly wasn't "acutely aware" of our pain.
He could have simply called a free conscience vote in parliament (like Howard did 5 times in 11 years) and the numbers were already there for marriage equality to pass. But no, he put us through hell just to placate the RWNJ's in his party.
One rule for us and another for the gov.
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