AN­GUS FON­TAINE

IN­TER­VIEWED THE DEPUTY PM, BARNABY JOYCE; P48

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Barnaby loves his Akubra – ever worn one your­self?

Of­ten, but never around my son’s pet rab­bits. I’m more of an ur­ban dandy – short brim, five-gal­lon limit.

What most sur­prised you about him?

His rage – at in­jus­tice, at char­la­tans, at lazy glad-han­ders. And his mu­sic taste – I hadn’t picked him as a Ra­dio­head fan.

Is he some­what ec­cen­tric – or does he mug for the cam­eras?

Barnaby’s a bushie – hot un­der the col­lar, dry as a dead dingo’s, you know… But he still knows how to jan­gle his spurs for me­dia.

He’s claimed his su­per­power is “rum and coke” – yours?

Coop­ers ‘n’ caf­feine.

You started out as a news­pa­per copy kid at 15. What lessons stick with you from that time?

I learnt the who/what/ where/why/when prin­ci­ples just by watch­ing and lis­ten­ing. It was three years un­til I wrote a story. I still ap­proach jour­nal­ism as brick­lay­ing with words – con­tent, shape, strength, en­ergy, sweat.

And you’re now a book pub­lisher by day – three ti­tles ev­ery man should read by 30?

Gal­lipoli by Les Car­lyon; Post Of­fice by Charles Bukowski; The Last Quar­ter by Martin Flana­gan.

Is there a stand-out in­ter­view from your years in this game?

I in­ter­viewed Roger Roger­son a few times. Bril­liant cop. Ter­ri­ble vil­lain. Bois­ter­ous com­pany. Yin and yang with a badge.

And you once hosted global Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel se­ries Five Star In­sider – great­est ca­reer lark to date?

I could tell you it was in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing where I kicked in doors to find out how the high and mighty get off. But I’d be ly­ing. I trav­elled the world, spun an end­less thread of twad­dle, ate $80 burg­ers and crapped rain­bows for a year.

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