Joyce ad­mits blow­ing his stack at Turn­bull

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS NATION -

BARNABY Joyce says there was shout­ing, scream­ing, “the whole lot” and col­leagues had to bun­dle him out of the room af­ter a clash with Mal­colm Turn­bull over car­bon tax.

The Deputy Prime Min­is­ter has shared a rare in­sight into his re­la­tion­ship with his boss in an in­ter­view with GQ, say­ing the coun­try’s most se­nior gov­ern­ment fig­ures work well to­gether, de­spite not be­ing close.

“Well, other peo­ple kept a cap on it (the blow-up) by get­ting me out of the room. Bundling me out like I used to do folks at the Wick­low (Ho­tel),” Mr Joyce said.

“So af­ter that it was raw, but now we re­spect each other. We work well to­gether. He com­pletely trusts my con­fi­dence and I trust his.”

Mr Joyce re­vealed he had a child­hood am­bi­tion to be PM, but said he was happy where he was and with the job he was do­ing.

“Mal­colm and I get along. I gen­uinely thought we wouldn’t, but we gen­uinely do,” Mr Joyce said.

Asked if Mr Turn­bull had be­come a close friend, the Deputy PM said, “No. We’ve both got a job to do. We’re both lead­ers of our po­lit­i­cal par­ties and that comes with bound­aries.

“At times, those par­ties have dif­fer­ent agen­das. But we re­spect each other and work closely to­gether, and we’re friendly. But we’re not close.”

Asked who Tony Ab­bott was tar­get­ing in re­cent mus­ings, Mr Joyce thought the for­mer Lib­eral PM was talk­ing to him­self.

“And he’s got to stop,” he said.

PHOTO: DEAN LEWINS/AAP

SHARED JOY: Barnaby Joyce and Mal­colm Turn­bull in par­lia­ment re­cently.

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