Barnaby Joyce denies his daughter had an affair with former Nationals frontman John Barilaro
Barnaby Joyce criticized a “completely and utterly fictitious” and false allegation that his daughter had an affair with John Barilaro, forcing him to resign.
The deputy prime minister said he was invited to comment on the false allegation by local media after it was broadcast online.
Mr Joyce did not specify which of his four daughters were the subject of the false allegation, but his eldest daughter Bridgette – who had worked for Mr Barilaro as a counselor since the start of the year – was targeted in line.
“My daughter is a strong person and she got a completely malicious rumor… basically people saying she had a relationship with John Barilaro and that’s why he left,” Mr. Joyce told ABC Radio National on Thursday. .
“Which is just utter, utter hogwash.
“When you have local media contacting you to comment on that and you say ‘what is your source’ and they say ‘Facebook’ or ‘the source is Twitter’ and you say ‘well it’s no good that these platforms just say ‘sorry it’s too hard to control’.
“Well, it’s not too hard for you to reap your billions of dollars from it,” Mr. Joyce said in a hit on the big tech companies making money from advertising on their platforms.
“My daughter has broad shoulders, she knows how to handle this,” he added.
A source close to Mr Barilaro said the allegation was “completely false, absolutely false and horrific for it to be suggested”.
Barnaby Joyce has criticized “totally fictitious” claims that his daughter had an affair with John Barilaro which forced him to resign. Pictured: Bridgette Joyce
Mr Barilaro is pictured with his wife Deanna and three children at home in South New South Wales
Mr Barilaro resigned as leader and deputy premier of the NSW Nationals on Sunday, two days after ex-prime minister Gladys Berejiklian left following a corruption probe, joking that he was going through a “midlife crisis” and wanted a new career outside of politics.
The married father of three said the reason for his retirement would become clear “in the weeks and months to come”.
Mr Joyce slammed social media companies for allowing the false claim and other fake news to proliferate.
ABC host Patricia Karvelas said sometimes online gossip turns out to be true, referring to rumors that Mr Joyce was having an affair with his employee Vikki Campion, with whom he now has two sons.
“I’m a public figure and I get what I get and I cop what I cop,” Mr. Joyce said.
“But I’ve always drawn the line for people who aren’t public figures and what happens to them.”
“It’s not just my daughter. It’s a problem if you go to any school and talk to any parent, it’s one of their biggest fears, destroying their kids with innuendos, insults, on a level macro and at a micro level, ”he said.
Bridgette Joyce (second from left) is pictured with her mother Natalie and her three sisters
National Councilor Bridgette (third from left) is pictured with her parents and sisters
After announcing his resignation, Mr Barilaro said NSW would be best served by someone who has passion and fights to keep going.
“I just don’t have the energy anymore,” Barilaro told reporters on Monday.
The former Nationals chief said he “has been thinking about it for some time” and has ruled out running for federal parliament.
“I am looking for a new career. I’m 50 in November, maybe a midlife crisis, but I’m definitely thinking about what will happen next. I’m going to take a little time, but I’m really not running for federal politics, ”said MP for Monaro.
In his resignation speech, Barilaro thanked his constituents for their support, describing his role as leader of the National Party as “the honor and privilege of a lifetime”.
Mr Barilaro said it felt good to step down alongside Ms Berejiklian (pictured together) to give NSW a fresh start, allowing two new leaders to take the reins together as the state finally emerges from a grueling 15 week Covid lockdown
He said he felt he was right to leave Parliament alongside Ms Berejiklian to give NSW a fresh start, allowing two new leaders to take the reins as the state finally emerges from a grueling 15-week lockdown against Covid.
“I am going to be a keen observer of politics, but I will not be a participant. I do not intend to run for federal politics … I had been thinking about it for a while, “he said Monday morning.
Mr Barilaro said he had launched defamation proceedings against YouTuber Jordan Shanks – aka FriendlyJordies – and that Google played a huge role in his decision to quit politics.
He accused Shanks of spouting “vile racism” hidden under the name of journalism, noting that “the disgusting, vile and racist comments on social media have taken their toll.”
“As a young boy of immigrant parents, I understood what racism was from an early age,” he said at a press conference on Monday.
Father-of-three is proud of his heritage and the sacrifices his parents made to grow him up, citing his late father as his “greatest inspiration” to get into politics
In a YouTube video, the artist called Mr. Barilaro “fat, fat, wog c ***”, “fat Ned Kelly” and “a con artist at heart, fed by spaghetti.”
In 2020, Mr Barilaro said he wore the nickname “Pork Barrel-aro” with a badge of honor. The pig barrel is the practice of distributing taxpayer money to gain votes, usually in government-owned seats.
The father of three said he was proud of his Italian heritage and the sacrifices his parents made to grow him up, citing his late father as his “biggest inspiration” to get into politics.
He said Ms Berejiklian’s announcement on Friday advanced his decision to retire.
Mr Barilaro noted the immense sacrifices she made to her state and wished the outgoing Prime Minister good luck in his post-political life.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Barilaro’s office for comment.
John Barilaro’s colorful life in politics
May 2020: Private text messages sent by John Barilaro emerged, calling his liberal colleague Andrew Constance “c ** t”.
The scandal prompted Mr Constance to withdraw from the bid for the federal seat of Eden-Monaro and remain in state politics.
“When I said that politics are drunk in this country and some of its people need to think long and hard about it, I really meant it. I had not entered the federal competition to be called this type of defamation, ”he said at the time.
September 2020: Mr Barilaro and Ms Berejiklian are discussing an amendment to the Koala Protection Bill following the worst bushfires in NSW history.
The state’s environmental planning policy of koala habitat protection identified 123 trees that were needed as food or shelter for the animals.
Mr Barilaro said the policy would take land away from farmers.
“If we supported this we would become the laughing stock of regional and rural New South Wales,” he said.
The two party leaders then agreed to amendments to the bill, which Mr Barilaro declared a victory for the nationals and the regional NSW.
May 2021: Mr. Barilaro – fed up with being called corrupt and “fat Ned Kelly” – sues Google and the man behind the friendlyjordies YouTube channel.
Artist Jordan Shanks-Markovina, whose channel has more than 130 million views, is also accused of falsely claiming that the leader of the NSW Nationals blackmailed advisers and pocketed millions stolen from a local government.
The MP is of Italian descent and his injury was made worse by Shanks-Markovina’s “vile and racist attack” in the videos.
In one video, the artist calls Mr. Barilaro “fat, fat, wog c ** t”, “fat Ned Kelly” and “a crook at heart, powered by spaghetti”.