Joyce takes aim at PM with messiah quip
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.