Barnaby's rise hits bump in the road

27 Sep, 2012 07:18 AM
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Barnaby Joyce.
Barnaby Joyce.

BARNABY Joyce has fallen on personally testing political times. He recently found himself slapped around after his dummy spit over Chinese investment in Cubbie Station.

Now his push for the seat of Maranoa, where he lives, has been thwarted - a major setback for his ambition to one day lead the Nationals and be deputy PM.

Sitting member Bruce Scott would have done the right thing if he had stepped aside for Joyce. Assuming there is a Coalition government next year, Scott will not be a minister in it. In contrast, Joyce has a bright future.

Joyce's aim has been to move at this election, so he would be in a good position to go for the leadership when Warren Truss had had enough. Truss, a steady and popular hand, is impregnable and Joyce knew he might have to wait quite a long time. But he would have a chance to learn in the big House and display his skills. If he doesn't find some other seat, he has to look to the following election, and who knows what leadership competitors would have emerged by then?

While some Nationals are disappointed, there will be a few Liberals quietly clapping Scott's decision. The economic dries despise Joyce; the possibility of his one day being deputy PM appals them. Tony Abbott, though, might feel for him - the two are quite close.

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Ted O'Brien.
27/09/2012 3:29:44 PM

Why hasn't Michelle Grattan woken up to the fact that if in the lower house Barnaby Joyce would qualify for Prime Minister, not just deputy. There is no National Party in Queensland.
Genazzano
28/09/2012 6:16:42 AM

Good one, Ted!
ME Again
28/09/2012 6:55:50 AM

Barnaby has hit a pothole because he is 100% passion and 10% facts. Because he rants and raves and polarises listeners. Because city people parody him because they don't understand the passion, and country people can't follow the mass of twisted "facts". Instead of creating a movement, he creates dissension. Instead of offering sensible solutions, he harks back to a flawed past. No wonder the Nationals want him to stay in the Senate.
Top Ender
28/09/2012 9:56:39 AM

Back of the envelope, bush accountants are okay for small businesses where the structures are simple. However, the thought of a popularist like Joyce being invloved in the running of the country scares the hell out me. I feel he's best placed in the Senate where he can do little real damage, while still being used to gauge popular opinion by making outlandish claims and statements.
Sir Les P
29/09/2012 5:01:57 AM

Bruce needs to go off and pursue his photography passion,he'll never get a ministry.I think Joyce should have pushed a bit harder,LNP members where i live thought Bruce should retire but the worry was who replaces Joyce we might get an orangatan from Brisbane.

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