30 November 2017:
Barnaby was halfway out the front door when the environmentalist bloke bade him farewell by saying:29 November 2017:
“Say hello to your mistress for me.”
It wasn’t said loudly, but Barnaby, who is clearly not hard of hearing, spun on his heels as if stung and, fists clenched, stormed back into the bar.
Face bright red and spitting chips, Barnaby loomed his 1.85-metre frame over the smaller man and demanded:
“What did you say?”
There was silence in the bar. Slack jaws all around, including Barnaby’s minder, who you would think would be equipped to handle these kinds of situations — it’s hard to think it was his first.
The martial arts guy stepped in. He took a gentle hold of Barnaby’s elbow to stop his arm moving about and said something like,
“Mate, he said don’t miss us, now calm down.”
Barnaby sort of did but, in a final act of petulant defiance, reached down and knocked the environmentalist’s hat from his head.
It was a near thing.
28 November 2017:Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce claims he is being stalked but won't deny flicking a man's hat off during a heated encounter in a New England pub.
Singalong for the prospect that a politician's child will be Australia's number 25 million
Twitter tells us that a politician will be father of a child due in February or March. The ABS population clock predicts the country's population to reach 25 million about the same time. So singalong and wish him luck.
He’s had death threats and a bullet sent to his office but said it wouldn’t change the way he worked (in the video, it’s his first answer).
Is he shunning big public events? “I’ve done a number of forums. I’m here. I’m walking up and down the halls. I’m making sure I’m publicly available.
26 November 2017:
Perhaps now the mainstream media will break its silence and start reporting on the allegations being made in New England about unseemly behaviour by former deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. The former independent member for the electorate Joyce is standing in this Saturday took to Twitter today with this comment:
While it is just the latest in a series of tweets by Tony Windsor, it is one of the most specific. You can put it into context by reading this item by the Owl on 21 November "Trying to make sense of the social media references to the problems of Barnaby Joyce." As Mr Windsor has tweeted, "If sexual harassment to be really dealt with ppl need to out these people ..silence means complicence , time to stare it down." And in another tweet from Mr Windsor: "Petrified girl ,Mother worried about consequences , prominent figure ...frightened ppl believe the system will fail them."24 November 2017:
The members of the federal press gallery have squibbed writing about these issues which involve allegations that that an MP chased a young women into a toilet & molested another after the 2012 Rural Women Awards.
What we call the mainstream media has largely been absent from the New England by-election. The consensus wisdom apparently is that Barnaby Joyce will win easily so there is nothing to report. Let the yokels of the local papers do their thing reporting on the 16 other candidates. We smarties of the Canberra press gallery will get on with covering important matters while the deputy Prime Minister coasts to victory. Not for them to stick their bib into the questions of sexual harassment and worse that are continuing to surface in the wilds of the social media. The commentators on what they regard as the important matters of political life have decided that the private life of a politician should stay private and is not a legitimate concern for the voters.
This attitude of the Canberra press gallery stands in stark contrast to the approach of their peers in other countries to matters of sexual harassment by elected politicians. And I am not writing here about the stories of a Coalition minister having a sexual liaison with a member of his staff that did or not result in an abortion. The seemingly uninvestigated matter is one alleging that an MP chased a young women into a toilet & molested another after the 2012 Rural Women Awards. And the allegation comes not from some anonymous miscreant on Twitter but from the highly regarded former independent member for New England Tony Windsor.
You will find references to the incident in my report Trying to make sense of the social media references to the problems of Barnaby Joyce. As Mr Windsor has tweeted, "If sexual harassment to be really dealt with ppl need to out these people ..silence means complicence , time to stare it down." And in another tweet from Mr Windsor: "Petrified girl ,Mother worried about consequences , prominent figure ...frightened ppl believe the system will fail them."
Surely that's a matter of sexual harassment deserving of investigation.
But in one sense, I suppose, it does not matter. In small cities like Armidale and Tamworth it does not need a report on the National Nine News or in the Sydney Morning Herald for news to spread. Rumours true and false spread widely enough by word of mouth.
The issues raised by Mr Windsor will have their influence on the result on 2 December despite the virtual mainstream media blackout.
If you are trying to sort out the social media references to Barnaby Joyce, this collection of recent tweets by Tony Windsor might help.