“The closer you get to the job – and I am close, being the deputy – the more aware you become of the work involved. It’s a job I can do but I’m not in a rush.”
“I’ve had shadow portfolios, been leader in the Senate, deputy leader of the party, been a successful minister. That’s what counts. That’s how people judge you when you’re running for bigger things.”
Meanwhile, in the hours since the news broke, Australia has apparently spent that time letting the implications of this sink in.
If Barnaby Joyce becomes Deputy PM & Malcolm Turnbull travels overseas…….
sorry I can’t finish this tweet
— Josh Bornstein (@JoshBBornstein) January 7, 2016
“Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce” is going to become a thing. Let that sink in a bit.
— Cameron Atfield (@CameronAtfield) January 7, 2016
— ross clelland (@rnclelland) January 7, 2016
Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Dwell on those horrific five words for a moment.
— Oz (@redrabbleroz) January 7, 2016
When you find out Barnaby Joyce will be Australia’s new deputy leader pic.twitter.com/eBXh7u2oyc
— BuzzFeedOz Politics (@BuzzFeedOzPol) January 7, 2016
Barnaby Joyce Deputy PM, Donald Trump front runner for US Pres, Dutton still employed – have we fallen down a rabbit hole? #auspol
— The Former Sir Mark (@mkentwell) January 6, 2016
— Ros Joyce (@TheBeerWidow) January 6, 2016
Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
Ponder that for a moment.
— Kevin Ball (@kevinball63) January 6, 2016
— David Bongiorno (@DavidBongiorno) January 6, 2016
‘Course that sense of dread isn’t just confined to the general public. Tony Windsor – former Independent MP and the man considering running against Joyce for his seat of New England – pulled very few punches in his assessment of Joyce’s credentials for the gig.
“It would be a bloody disaster for the nation.”“The bloke’s a fool. Some of the things that come out of his mouth are embarrassing. There’s no policy depth to him. I think he’s a goose.”
Then again, it’s not like we’ve got a sparkling record for heeding the warning bells from former politicians as of late. We do live in a country where a former Prime Minister said “if Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister, you’ve gotta say… God help us” and we still willingly walked headlong into that one.