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When will the Beetroot end up in the compost?
A week. If he is lucky 7%  7%  [ 2 ]
A few months at best 14%  14%  [ 4 ]
At least a year 25%  25%  [ 7 ]
He will see out his term 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
He will see his new unborn childs 21st birthday from the duchy of New England 21%  21%  [ 6 ]
What, that filthy sheep shagger? 29%  29%  [ 8 ]
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Barney could be well and truly sunk on Monday stand by for an explosive revelation. If it happens he will be gone from politics and we could possibly be looking at a general election.


It’s Monday. What’s the revelation?


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The Moving of his Paramour is grounds enough for him falling on his sword when the details emerge.

If there is something else, he's definitely Gonski...


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I do love ALP Spicy Memes:

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The taxpayer funded "security upgrade" of the rent-free building supplied by a donor previously accuse of bribery is really not a good look.

There are also rumours of "irregularites" with his travel allowances, which given what happened to Peter Slipper really would be the final nail in the coffin


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The taxpayer funded "security upgrade" of the rent-free building supplied by a donor previously accuse of bribery is really not a good look.

There are also rumours of "irregularites" with his travel allowances, which given what happened to Peter Slipper really would be the final nail in the coffin


He's f**ked, the Oz are into it now...

https://twitter.com/SquigglyRick/status ... 3230405632

and this is just lovely, really...

https://twitter.com/newmatilda/status/9 ... 3817476096


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I can see this going down wll...

http://www.news.com.au/national/breakin ... ca1f0a4d9b

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Under-fire Barnaby Joyce is set to be acting prime minister next week as one of his Nationals MPs says he has "100 per cent support" in the party.


The deputy prime minister will take over the top job when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull flies to the United States to meet with President Donald Trump


:lol: :lol: :thumbup:


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The taxpayer funded "security upgrade" of the rent-free building supplied by a donor previously accuse of bribery is really not a good look.

There are also rumours of "irregularites" with his travel allowances, which given what happened to Peter Slipper really would be the final nail in the coffin


One would hope...


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Hmm.. unnamed millionaire? who awarded barney a prize recently that he had to give back?
Joining the dots and it is clear that barney has been shagging Gina Rinehardt.. :shock: x(

Can't talk about the other stuff yet as they need to get clearance to publish.


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Hmm.. unnamed millionaire? who awarded barney a prize recently that he had to give back?
Joining the dots and it is clear that barney has been shagging Gina Rinehardt.. :shock: x(

Can't talk about the other stuff yet as they need to get clearance to publish.


I found what the other stuff is. Allegedly some issues with alcohol and unwanted advances, to put it mildly.

https://independentaustralia.net/politi ... ours,10942


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Bindi wrote:
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Hmm.. unnamed millionaire? who awarded barney a prize recently that he had to give back?
Joining the dots and it is clear that barney has been shagging Gina Rinehardt.. :shock: x(

Can't talk about the other stuff yet as they need to get clearance to publish.


I found what the other stuff is. Allegedly some issues with alcohol and unwanted advances, to put it mildly.

https://independentaustralia.net/politi ... ours,10942


Then you know they will need a rock solid go ahead from the innocent victim as the fallout will be massive.


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It seems the PM is a little jealous of the action Barnaby has been enjoying in the wider electorate and has decided to enter the game himself...

http://www.watoday.com.au/federal-polit ... 4yzzp.html

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Malcolm Turnbull's office has rejected claims Barnaby Joyce breached the ministerial code of conduct when his lover was employed by fellow MPs, arguing Vikki Campion could not be considered the Deputy Prime Minister's "partner" at the time.

Ms Campion left Mr Joyce's employ in April last year when their affair - which ultimately ended his 24-year marriage - began creating tensions in the office.

The 33-year-old was then given a new well-paid role with Resources Minister Matt Canavan, a close ally and fellow former staffer of Mr Joyce. Reports have suggested the job carried a salary of about $190,000 a year. When Senator Canavan stood aside over dual citizenship doubts in 2017, Ms Campion then moved to the office of then-chief Nationals whip Damian Drum.

But the ministerial code of conduct makes it clear partners cannot be employed by any other minister without an explicit prime ministerial go-ahead.

Section 2.23 of the code states a minister's "close relatives and partners are not to be appointed to positions in their ministerial or electorate offices and must not be employed in the offices of other members of the executive government without the Prime Minister’s express approval".


A spokesman for Mr Turnbull dismissed claims of anything wrongdoing, saying "the Deputy Prime Minister did not breach the ministerial code of conduct because Ms Campion was not his partner at the time of the staff appointments."



So, that's all right then. Excellent :thumbup:


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:lol: FMD that's Tony Abbott level tone deafness.


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It seems the PM is a little jealous of the action Barnaby has been enjoying in the wider electorate and has decided to enter the game himself...

http://www.watoday.com.au/federal-polit ... 4yzzp.html

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Malcolm Turnbull's office has rejected claims Barnaby Joyce breached the ministerial code of conduct when his lover was employed by fellow MPs, arguing Vikki Campion could not be considered the Deputy Prime Minister's "partner" at the time.

Ms Campion left Mr Joyce's employ in April last year when their affair - which ultimately ended his 24-year marriage - began creating tensions in the office.

The 33-year-old was then given a new well-paid role with Resources Minister Matt Canavan, a close ally and fellow former staffer of Mr Joyce. Reports have suggested the job carried a salary of about $190,000 a year. When Senator Canavan stood aside over dual citizenship doubts in 2017, Ms Campion then moved to the office of then-chief Nationals whip Damian Drum.

But the ministerial code of conduct makes it clear partners cannot be employed by any other minister without an explicit prime ministerial go-ahead.

Section 2.23 of the code states a minister's "close relatives and partners are not to be appointed to positions in their ministerial or electorate offices and must not be employed in the offices of other members of the executive government without the Prime Minister’s express approval".


A spokesman for Mr Turnbull dismissed claims of anything wrongdoing, saying "the Deputy Prime Minister did not breach the ministerial code of conduct because Ms Campion was not his partner at the time of the staff appointments."



So, that's all right then. Excellent :thumbup:


What the actual fudge do they do to deserve $190,000 per year? What did she advise him? Obviously not 'wear a condom'.


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Is this the most inept coverup in Australian political history?


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Is this the most inept coverup in Australian political history?


It's pretty close..


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Is this the most inept coverup in Australian political history?


How is this a cover up?

Boss starts a relationship with someone in office
His boss makes sure she is moved to another department
Seems prudent


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Bindi wrote:
Is this the most inept coverup in Australian political history?


How is this a cover up?

Boss starts a relationship with someone in office
His boss makes sure she is moved to another department
Seems prudent

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_fatprop wrote:
Bindi wrote:
Is this the most inept coverup in Australian political history?


How is this a cover up?

Boss starts a relationship with someone in office
His boss makes sure she is moved to another department
Seems prudent

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It may be many things, but a cover up?


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It may be many things, but a cover up?


Yes, actually... but not necessarily of the government's making, or of the Nats'.

This sorry arsed affair is a symptom of the double blind game we are subjected to at the hands of our elected reps and their associated little self serving industrial bubble, the gallery.

http://andrewelder.blogspot.com.au/2018 ... water.html

A longish blog piece that is well worth a read. Probably too long for most. It's not a soundbite.


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_fatprop wrote:

It may be many things, but a cover up?


Yes, actually... but not necessarily of the government's making, or of the Nats'.

This sorry arsed affair is a symptom of the double blind game we are subjected to at the hands of our elected reps and their associated little self serving industrial bubble, the gallery.

http://andrewelder.blogspot.com.au/2018 ... water.html

A longish blog piece that is well worth a read. Probably too long for most. It's not a soundbite.


Thanks, good piece

I think the description "estranged from family" may be apt :shock:
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and .... ex friends I guess

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Here's icky for ya: Vikki Campion is a former NewsCorp employee. That invasion of privacy, the slut-shaming and all the rest of it, was done by people whom Campion personally knows and worked with. You'd think there would be some "honour among thieves" among Caroline Overington and the Murdoch people, but clearly not. Jacqueline Maley's newsroom is full of former and prospective NewsCorp employees: there but for the grace of God and Rupert Murdoch go we all.


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Thanks, good piece

I think the description "estranged from family" may be apt :shock:
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Before the New England byelection Joyce's daughters had toured Tamworth with a loudhailer, warning that if he could breach trust with his family then none of his political promises could be trusted either. Independent Australia put out not one but two articles to this effect.


and .... ex friends I guess

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Here's icky for ya: Vikki Campion is a former NewsCorp employee. That invasion of privacy, the slut-shaming and all the rest of it, was done by people whom Campion personally knows and worked with. You'd think there would be some "honour among thieves" among Caroline Overington and the Murdoch people, but clearly not. Jacqueline Maley's newsroom is full of former and prospective NewsCorp employees: there but for the grace of God and Rupert Murdoch go we all.

:thumbup:

If you couple that up with the IA article Bindi found earlier you see a pattern.

it's ugly reading, yeah? And that last quote of yours is spot on.


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Sammi's gone full retard....


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So it begins...

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/fede ... 0vz4w.html

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Malcolm Turnbull's senior adviser was warned of alleged awards night misbehaviour by Barnaby Joyce

A senior adviser to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was warned that Barnaby Joyce had allegedly misbehaved at an awards night, according to a series of text messages seen by Fairfax Media.

The text message warnings came from John Clements, a former chief adviser to Tony Windsor, the former independent MP and Mr Joyce's political enemy.

They were sent on December 30, 2015, to Sally Cray, who serves as Mr Turnbull's principal private secretary.

Fairfax Media has been told the "Qld senator" referred to in the text exchange was Mr Joyce. Fairfax Media also understands the texts related to alleged misconduct at a 2011 Rural Women's Award dinner.

"I might add he was reminded of his behaviour the following year in a speech," Mr Clements said in one message. He also described Mr Joyce as having been in "full flight".

At the time of the messages to Ms Cray, Mr Joyce was the Agriculture and Water Minister in the Turnbull government. He became Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader nearly two months later.

Mr Clements told Ms Cray in one text he was writing to her off the record.

"Agree it's all off record," Ms Cray replied immediately.

"It's hard if there was not an official complaint at the time to act."

Ms Cray went on to describe the alleged behaviour as "unacceptable".

Mr Clements then replied that "the rural women's award pub incident has too many witnesses to go away...Joyce will cop media over it."

Mr Joyce was a Queensland senator from 2004 to 2013 before moving to Armidale in NSW to represent New England in the lower house.

Mr Clements' one-time boss, Mr Windsor, has been a political rival to Mr Joyce in the seat of New England.

At the time the messages were sent, Mr Clements was working for former Palmer United Party senator Dio Wang, who was a member of the crossbench whose office had regular communication with government staffers.

Mr Clements has also worked for senator Derryn Hinch.

As Mr Turnbull's principal private secretary, Ms Cray has acted as his gatekeeper and counsellor. She began work as a political staffer in 2006 and joined Mr Turnbull's office the following year. Apart from two years spent in the ABC's corporate communications department, she has worked for him ever since.

A spokesman for Mr Joyce simply said the texts were from John Clements. He declined to comment further.

Comment has been sought from the Prime Minister's Office.


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Bindi wrote:
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Hmm.. unnamed millionaire? who awarded barney a prize recently that he had to give back?
Joining the dots and it is clear that barney has been shagging Gina Rinehardt.. :shock: x(

Can't talk about the other stuff yet as they need to get clearance to publish.


I found what the other stuff is. Allegedly some issues with alcohol and unwanted advances, to put it mildly.

https://independentaustralia.net/politi ... ours,10942


Tony Windsors tweet is very perceptive. There may be something to that. I think It is in a more recent article that is linked rom this article.


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The Turnbull move will be what does him in. 8D chess? That's the only logical reason I can think of for finishing him off.

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It’s a helluva risky business writing a column about Barnaby Joyce at the moment. Not because he’s doomed and you might find him rolled out of office like a dangerously bulging tin of deeply dodgy potted meat before you can get the piece to your editor. He’s doomed, but it’s a slow motion train wreck. He’ll probably last until the weekend.

No, it’s risky because just when you think you’ve got this thing nailed down, it gets worse.

It started out as gossip of a purely personal nature. Joyce, now and forever to be known as The Beetrooter thanks to some cruel and magnificent bastard on Twitter, was rumoured to be cheating on his wife. Given his willingness to not just cast aspersions on other people’s private lives, but to punitively legislate against them, that was enough for a lot of punters to call him out on social media. But it wasn’t enough for the Press Gallery in the real media, and they’ve been throwing themselves an awesome pity party ever since.

For all of the high-minded journalistic waffle about private lives being private (unless, you know, somebody like Joyce decides to pass laws about them) and the need to verify rumours before writing news, it turned out there was plenty of crunchy and nutritious news value to be had in the Beetrooter’s shenanigans.

This bloke wasn’t merely sipping from the hypocrite drip because he put himself about as a staunch defender of family values while betraying and humiliating his family. He was an even bigger hypocrite, because having banged the drum about welfare cheats and bludgers, he’d lined up a series of cushy and very well paid jobs for his girlfriend. Plus they were living rent-free in a townhouse provided by a millionaire businessman, and renovated by the federal government to meet upgraded security standards.

You’d think this would be enough to finish the bloke off, especially since while he was enjoying his rent free love shack he was lecturing the rest of the country about why they should be ashamed of themselves for wanting to live in Sydney when he was happy to live in Armidale, because it was cheaper.

Much, much cheaper as it turns out. Who would have thought the solution to the housing affordability crisis was for millionaire property owners to let us live at their place for free. (Answer: socialists, communists, deluded idiots of that sort, I suppose).

But even that egregious and head spinning instance of grotesque hypocrisy is not the rancid cherry on top of the shit sundae of this story.

No, that would be Malcolm Turnbull insisting yesterday that there was nothing wrong with giving the Beetrooter’s pregnant lover a high paying job, and then moving her to another high paying job when that didn’t work out, and then finding a third, sweet, cushy gig when the second one fell through because, get this… she wasn’t actually his partner.

She was pregnant, and they were living together. But she wasn’t his partner because…

Shrugs.

Crickets.

Tumbleweeds.

Allow me to assist you, Prime Minister. She wasn’t his partner because shuffling her from one ministerial staff job to another might be a breach of the rules.

She wasn’t his partner because an ever-growing number of government ministers would be implicated in that possible breach.

She wasn’t his partner because that would make it very difficult, not just for the Beetrooter to hold onto his job, but for you too, Prime Minister.

And while all this is going on?

Thousands and thousands of innocent, law-abiding punters are being swept up by the very same government’s robo-debt programs and threatened with criminal sanction if they don’t pay back money they never owed in the first place.

It’s not often you get to see the raw, naked ugliness of the power imbalance between the masters and their serfs, but it’s out there for everyone to see this week.

I just hesitate to file this column because I wonder what’s coming next.


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Spectacular is a word.

The Beetrooter. Superb.

The ALP have promised a Federal ICAC if elected I think, haven't they? If they haven't they should and just start campaigning heavily on that from now on. These cnuts can't have much time left.


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The Beetrooter...Perfect, and it was there all along!


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https://thewest.com.au/news/australia/1 ... b88741578z
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Barnaby Joyce spent more than $10,000 on family reunion travel while having an affair with his former staffer, raising more questions about taxpayer funds being used to support the double life led by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Claims made under parliamentary entitlements from January to September last year show that more than $10,000 was spent on family travel, which is allowed so that MPs can “balance their work and family responsibilities”.

The rules are also designed to help MPs “reconcile the need for them to be away from home for long periods with their family obligations”.

More than half of the family travel expenditure was reported from July to September, while Mr Joyce’s mistress Vikki Campion was already pregnant with his fifth child.

Mr Joyce’s office yesterday refused to answer questions about the travel allowance, which was used on several occasions for his now-estranged wife Natalie Joyce.


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you might find him rolled out of office like a dangerously bulging tin of deeply dodgy potted meat before you can get the piece to your editor


Those are some tasty words, JB. Lovely.


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I have never been one to complain about partliamentary salaries, on the premise that better pay will attract better candidates.


However the news that one of the Beetrooter's rich constituents is providing the loving couple with free luxury accommodation does give pause for thought.


The Deputy PM is on a base salary of $400k. That is just the start, of course, MPs get huge living away from home allowances, and also very generous travel allowances. Why the fark does our Deputy Prime Minister need to accept charity? What is the quid pro quo?


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I have never been one to complain about partliamentary salaries, on the premise that better pay will attract better candidates.


However the news that one of the Beetrooter's rich constituents is providing the loving couple with free luxury accommodation does give pause for thought.


The Deputy PM is on a base salary of $400k. That is just the start, of course, MPs get huge living away from home allowances, and also very generous travel allowances. Why the fark does our Deputy Prime Minister need to accept charity? What is the quid pro quo?


That and advisor could be on $190K is disgraceful.

Considering her role was Media Advisor - she wasn't too good at the job to have it not advertised...


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Yeah... the parliamentary salaries argument takes an absolute flogging over this.

These cnuts actually need regulating. Think about the logic, or lack of, in that.


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Yeah... the parliamentary salaries argument takes an absolute flogging over this.

These cnuts actually need regulating. Think about the logic, or lack of, in that.


It used to be that they didn't get paid Private sector rates but had all the trimmings - Leave, RDOs, Super, etc.

Now their salaries outstrip private sector ones AND they get the benefits.


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Holy Snapping Shitballs! This should do it:

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“THE BONKING BEETROOT”: Deputy PM and “homewrecker” Barnaby Joyce allegedly traded sex for favours with powerful Canberra lobbyist

EXCLUSIVE: About to fall on his sword as he stumbles around in an alcohol soaked miasma from personal disaster to political calamity and back again, True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce engaged in a potentially corrupt sexual affair with one of the most powerful political lobbyists in Canberra and allegedly exchanged political favours for sex while he was a married man claiming to uphold ‘traditional family values’.

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce is now tipped to resign from the leadership of the Nationals Party and perhaps entirely from Parliament as early as this week after revelation after revelation after revelation has been leaked to the media over the past week. The information concerning his alleged personal and political behaviour has come to light after True Crime News Weekly exclusively broke the news last October of his adulterous and possibly politically corrupt affair with a junior staffer, media adviser Vikki Campion.

Ms Campion is now pregnant with Mr Joyce’s child and is expected to give birth to a boy in April. It is believed the couple, who are now living together in Armidale rent-free thanks to the ‘generosity’ of a wealthy Nationals backer, got together sometime between mid-to-late 2016 soon after Ms Campion called off her wedding to highly respected journalist, digital consultant and all-round good guy – 33-year-old John Bergin.

The affair between the 50-year-old Deputy PM and his media adviser 17 years his junior became well-known to fellow parliamentarians and press gallery journalists within a matter of weeks of it commencing. While it then became more a matter of public knowledge after Mr Joyce’s now separated wife of 24 years, Natalie Joyce, publicly confronted Ms Campion in Tamworth last April and in front of witnesses shouted that she was a “homewrecker”.

Mr Joyce and his former wife have four intelligent and strong-willed daughters from their marriage; all of whom have courageously stood by their mother during the nasty split. Ms Joyce has said she was “deceived and hurt” by her husband’s behaviour.

“I’m deeply saddened by the news that my husband has been having an affair and is now having a child with a former staff member,” Ms Joyce said in a media statement last week after the Daily Telegraph used its front page to herald the pregnancy.

“This situation is devastating on many fronts.

“For my girls, who are affected by the family breakdown, and for me as a wife of 24 years, who placed my own career on hold to support Barnaby through his political life.
“Our family life has had to be shared during Barnaby’s political career and it was with trust that we let campaign and office staff into our homes and into our lives.

“Naturally we also feel deceived and hurt by the actions of Barnaby and the staff member involved.”

True Crime News Weekly has previously reported that Ms Campion was not the first staffer to allegedly fall pregnant to Mr Joyce following an illicit office affair. That particular junior staffer though allegedly underwent an abortion following her dalliance with the politician who had regularly claimed same-sex marriage would destroy the ‘traditional marriages’ of heterosexual people like him. Mr Joyce – a self-proclaimed conservative Catholic who doesn’t seemingly much like gay people – has always publicly claimed he is against abortion. Mr Joyce has refused to confirm or deny whether the young woman did undergo an abortion.

At the time of our original investigation last year, we had also reported on long-running and credible claims that witnesses had seen a drunken and slovenly Mr Joyce ‘stalk’ and ‘chase’ a 17-year-old girl into a toilet during the 2012 Rural Women’s Awards. He was a 45 year-old senator representing the state of Queensland at the time. Mr Joyce had apparently already been warned about his behaviour after he allegedly “pinched the bottom” of a woman at the same event the year before, according to the Daily Telegraph.

True Crime News Weekly has since been informed the mother of the 17-year-old girl involved in the 2012 incident has attempted to nullify the story from coming out due to her senior position with an organisation that is heavily reliant on support and funds from Nationals heavyweights. Sources have informed us that even former Independent MP Tony Windsor has received a letter threatening defamation for alluding to the events online.

A number of television networks are now however seeking to interview the alleged victim of the incident. True Crime News Weekly also understands that a dossier of documents has been prepared listing a number of other incidents where Mr Joyce has acted inappropriately which will be published shortly in the media.

True Crime News Weekly can state that it has not been sent any threats of defamation or cease-and-desist orders from any party or individual since our reporting on these matters began last October.

It has emerged that Ms Campion’s relationship with Mr Joyce caused such strife amongst others within his parliamentary office that she was soon moved to an unadvertised and obscenely well-paid position as a digital and social media expert for Nationals Senator Matt Canavan, before then again being transferred to another unadvertised, well-paid position in the office of Nationals whip, Damien Drum. It is unclear exactly what functions Ms Campion provided in both offices or whether she was still somehow seconded to Mr Joyce’s office in a round-about manner.

The affair also resulted in Mr Joyce’s highly capable Chief of Staff, Diana Hallam, leaving her position in the office soon after the romance began but only after forcing Mr Joyce to at the very least informally tell the office of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about his relationship status. In return for her wider silence, Ms Hallam was then moved to the plum position of “general manager” of the Inland Rail infrastructure project.

Incidentally, Mr Joyce so happens to be Ms Hallam’s boss again after he made himself Infrastructure Minister following his victory in the New England by-election late last year. There have been suggestions that Mr Joyce could potentially profit from the Inland Rail project after he bought largely unfarmable land in Gwabega for a low price but which could be sold for millions more if a railway is built and coal seam gas explorations are allowed.

There are also suggestions that Australia’s wealthiest person, millionaire mining magnate Gina Rinehart, once purchased $100,000 worth of raffle tickets for essentially a slab of beer at one of Mr Joyce’s fundraisers. Ms Rinehart, regarded as one of Mr Joyce’s closest friends in the business world, also happened to gift the wily politician a novelty-sized cheque worth $40,000 in November last year; just two weeks before the New England by-election that was held due to Mr Joyce’s dual citizen status as a New Zealander. The day after receiving the cheque, Mr Joyce said he returned it back.

However, it is the next revelation that is not only likely to end Mr Joyce’s political career but may also perhaps place the Federal Government in a hole that it is likely to never come out of.

True Crime News Weekly can now reveal the testosterone and alcohol-fuelled politician is alleged to have embarked on a sexual affair commencing in 2014 with high-profile Canberra-based lobbyist, Jannette Cotterell. Ms Cotterell is the founder of lobby group Executive Council and also has deep links to the Liberal Party’s favourite PR and spin manipulation machine, Crosby Textor. Mr Joyce was the Agriculture Minister at the time, having successfully transferred down from the Senate to the House of Representatives in 2013.

The illicit affair was revealed to True Crime News Weekly by a well-placed source in Canberra.

“Around the time Jannette attended the Midwinter Ball with [Deputy Liberal leader] Julie Bishop in 2014 she was involved in a sexual affair with Barnaby. She is divorced. He was not,” the source told True Crime News Weekly.

“Ethically such intimate involvement between a Minister and a lobbyist seems corrupt. She wrote favourably about him on her page. She enjoyed the power, prestige, information available to her as his mistress. He traded who-knows-what for sex?”
Like Ms Campion, his current squeeze, Ms Cotterell also happens to be a former journalist. She is the former wife of journalist Glenn Milne – better known as the ‘Angry Dwarf’ or ‘Poison Dwarf’ – who became infamous for attempting to drunkenly fight Crikey founder Stephen Mayne on stage at the 2006 Walkley Awards for journalism.

Perhaps fearing the publication of this story, Ms Cotterell went into damage control on the evening of Monday, February 12 and pulled down her company’s main website page, however some links can still be directly reached.

An emergency email contact which is now listed on the website’s front page has not yet responded to a message request from True Crime News Weekly about the sudden unavailability of the company’s website less than 12 hours after we had sent questions by email to Ms Cotterell.

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A former media adviser to Nationals leader Warren Truss on February 8 posted on Twitter about revealing to the media Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce’s “predatory ways with his staff” before deleting her comments (Supplied)
On her now-pulled down company website, Ms Cotterell describes Executive Council as offering a “Washington style tailored service which will ensure a complete and value-added immersion in the experience of high-stakes politics and policy development”.

Her official biography on the website states that she has “nearly fourteen years experience as a lobbyist and communications consultant and 13 years as a journalist” in Australia and overseas.

The website of Executive Council was made “unavailable” on the evening of Monday, February 12 about 12 hours after True Crime News Weekly sent questions to its principal, Jannette Cotterell
“For five years, Jannette was Director and Head of the Canberra office of Australia’s leading communications and research strategists, Crosby Textor,” the website also states.

“She delivers to clients an extensive knowledge of financial, community and corporate communications and issues management together with access to an invaluable network of media, business and political contacts.”

True Crime News Weekly is unsure how long the potentially corrupt affair between Mr Joyce and Ms Cotterell has run for but even in mid-2016 the high-profile lobbyist was still singing the praises of the “burly” Deputy PM.

“You have to hand it to Barnaby. What Barnaby wants, Barnaby gets … That’s the payoff for bolstering the number of National Party seats whilst all around the Liberals lost vital seats and nearly lost Government,” Ms Cotterell wrote in a gushing analysis piece on her company’s website following the 2016 federal election.

“The Deputy Prime Minister was determined to get an extra National Party Cabinet Minister. He got it. Barnaby was determined to wrest the resources portfolio from the Liberals. He got it. And he wanted more Nationals in the junior Ministry. He won on that score too. But apart from being strong armed by the burly Deputy Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull stared down his conservative detractors.”
True Crime News Weekly was alerted to the affair between Mr Joyce and Ms Cotterell late last year just before the New Year. We have waited a number of weeks to reveal this information only because we were hoping for better resourced and larger media outlets to finally start investigating the litany of problematic issues surrounding Mr Joyce.

“What Barnaby wants, Barnaby gets”: So gushed Executive Council principal Jannette Cotterell on her lobby group’s website in July 2016
True Crime News Weekly this week sent queries to both Mr Joyce and Ms Cotterell. We asked both parties what political favours were traded for sexual favours, if any. We also asked if either of them had officially, or otherwise, informed senior members of the Federal Government or parliamentary staff of their sexual relationship. We also queried both on whether either believed there was a conflict of interest or the potential for corruption to occur due to their sexual relationship. Neither Mr Joyce nor Ms Cotterell responded to our requests for comment.

Ms Hallam also refused to comment about her knowledge of the scandals surrounding Mr Joyce.

The Prime Minister was also asked for his view on the matters, but perhaps showing his lack of backbone and leadership qualities in a battle after decades of living a high life of silvertail luxury, was seemingly too shell-shocked to even form a response to our queries.

It is likely that Mr Turnbull’s own career in politics is now severely in jeopardy in light of the latest revelations. There will also be questions over Ms Bishop and her ambitions to eventually take over the top job from Mr Turnbull considering her close friendship with Ms Cotterell. True Crime News Weekly expects Mr Joyce to be dumped as leader of the Nationals, with Senator Bridget McKenzie to take over as interim leader before a later Cabinet reshuffle that is likely to see Riverina MP Michael McCormack take over the top job in the party.

Since True Crime News Weekly broke the original stories in October concerning the various serious scandals surrounding Mr Joyce and the Federal Government, many within media and political circles initially attempted to label our accurate and diligent reporting as either “fake news” or somehow not in the public interest. Even supposed left-wing publications such as The Guardian and liberal outlets such as the ABC and Fairfax Media came to this supposed conclusion.

This was despite claims about Mr Joyce’s relationship with Ms Campion being described as an “open secret” within Parliament and across the media. A younger member of Canberra’s press gallery has since confirmed to True Crime News Weekly that they “all knew” about the affair and subsequent pregnancy for a number of months. Indeed, parliamentary watchers have given the nickname of the ‘Red Octopus’ to Mr Joyce, apparently for his allegedly wandering hands when it comes to young women. All stayed quiet however, perhaps under some mafia-like code of Omerta, which some claim was a pact enforced by their corporate paymasters to keep the LNP Government onside.

Yet, it was only after billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch gave the nod to his News Corp foot soldiers last week to proceed with publishing the truth about some of the scandals surrounding Mr Joyce, did other journalists suddenly somehow discover their reporting mojo and investigative capabilities.

Over the past week, news headlines in Australia have involved almost nothing else apart from the struggles facing Mr Joyce. The headlines have even travelled around the world with media in the USA and UK reporting on Mr Joyce’s troubles and travails. Clearly and obviously this story was in the public interest. But why not in October and November last year when Mr Joyce was facing an important by-election in New England caused by his own ignorance of his citizenship status?

Former tennis star turned racist joke-teller – Liberal MP John Alexander – was also stuck in the by-election citizenship boat at around the same time and faced a much tougher challenge in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. Mr Alexander finally regained the seat but only after narrowly defeating Labor star candidate, Kristina Kenneally, following a substantial swing against the Liberal Party.

True Crime News Weekly suggests it is likely that if the various serious scandals surrounding Mr Joyce were known by the public, the LNP Government would have lost its slender one-seat majority in the House of Representatives, most likely due to the fall of the seat of Bennelong.

The only sane conclusion one can draw is that the events over the past four months are quite plainly a demonstration of the huge stranglehold and power Mr Murdoch – an American citizen and far-right apologist – and his News Corp media behemoth hold across the Australian media landscape. He controls the shots. He says when the government has to jump. When to disappear. When to go swim with the fishes, so to speak. It has been thus for decades.

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It should be clear for all to see now that this was never simply just a ‘sex scandal’ but a question of possible deep political corruption of the sort that is now likely to result in bringing down a whole Government, one way or another. And quite frankly, not a moment too soon. History is likely to record this current government and the previous Abbott administration as perhaps the most incompetent and lazily hateful administrations to ever grace the corridors of power in Canberra.

True Crime News Weekly now calls upon the Australian public to stand up and strongly demand more transparency from their public officials and elected representatives as well as from those in the fourth estate – the corporate media – who have looked the other way on this story, largely because so many ‘media types’ are involved. It is well and truly time to “drain the swamp”. A line ironically that was made famous by another sex predator turned powerful politician.

The first appropriate step would be to immediately commence moves to install an independent federal political corruption watchdog, with powers as wide-ranging as that of the ICAC in New South Wales before it was watered down in 2016 by the much-despised former Liberal premier, Mike Baird.

Otherwise, rampant self-interest, greed and corruption which has been allowed to germinate and spread in Canberra and across the states will infest the entirety of this once-proud democratic nation, if it hasn’t already.

NOTE: A few hours following this article’s publication, True Crime News Weekly received the following emailed message from Executive Council principal, Jannette Cotterell.

“Please immediately remove that post in which you have slandered me and my very good reputation. The story is a complete lie and I will be taking legal action. Please immediately remove and post an apology immediately. I removed my website for repair and upgrade. You are so pathetic you don’t even provide a contact number. I will give you one hour to remove any mention of any mention of me from your vile website.”


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Well, he has two choices now - sue for defamation or resign from parliament.


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This is going to be a fun week...


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Bob Hawke is probably sitting back right now and having a chuckle. He’d have been truly f**ked if the internet were around in his day (thankfully it wasn’t).


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That article has been taken down.

Interesting.. reading it was painful because I can't stand that sort of gushing emotive language when apparently reporting on matters of import. Whoever is behind the page seems to be a sensationalist with delusions of grandeur... but they have been unearthing some dirt over the last few months so onward, you good little soldier. :lol:


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I wonder what Yvonne Best may have to say?


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