Joyce takes aim at PM with mes­siah quip

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

BARNABY Joyce has taken a veiled swipe at Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turnbull’s lead­er­ship of the Coali­tion, warn­ing not ev­ery leader is a “mes­siah”.

Amid lack­lus­tre re­sults from last week­end’s by-elec­tions and lin­ger­ing un­cer­tainty and in­ter­nal dis­sent over en­ergy pol­icy, the for­mer deputy prime min­is­ter said he could not stand the “Or­wellian group­think” in pol­i­tics.

“Don’t think that ev­ery­one is a mes­siah,” Mr Joyce told Sky News host Peta Credlin in an in­ter­view which aired yesterday. “They’re not.”

Asked whether the Coali­tion’s fail­ure to win back any seats in last week’s by-elec­tions de­manded a change of leader, Mr Joyce did not bite.

He claimed the by-elec­tion losses re­vealed a grow­ing group of dis­con­tents who would rather vote for One Na­tion leader Pauline Han­son than the ma­jor par­ties. In the Queens­land seat of Long­man, the Lib­er­als’ pri­mary vote dropped to the 20s, while One Na­tion’s rose above 15 per cent.

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