BARNABY Joyce has started his first day as acting Prime Minister with typical good humour, appearing on The Today Show and being interviewed by co-host Karl Stefanovic.
“I don’t think I’m walking around with a briefcase with the codes to a nuclear bomb in it,” he said of his elevation to the leadership post.
“It’s merely the chairman of the cabinet and one chairman’s away and the acting chairman’s in place.
“I’ll be relying as we always do on that collegiate experience of cabinet and the abundance of opinions and knowledge and acumen that resides in it.”
Mr Joyce said it was also an “incredible honour” to be the acting PM and “very humbling”.
“I hope that those who grew up in the little town and the little village around me get something out of the day as well,” he said.
Mr Joyce was appointed Nationals leader in February following Warren Truss’s retirement decision and is leading the government with Malcolm Turnbull attending the Australia Week in China event.
Mr Joyce told The Today Show, “I’m going to cancel Malcolm’s visa so he can stay over there for a while”.
Mr Joyce will be in Lismore this morning to announce new measures to enhance farmers’ supply chain profitability, through increased education and awareness of co-operatives.
Later this morning, the Agriculture and Water Resources Minister will also be in Rockhampton for an announcement regarding specialised funding to support research and development in the Australian beef industry with Capricornia MP Michelle Landry.