09 January 2016
by Kaye Lee

Barnaby’s bill

In the first six months of 2015, federal politicians claimed almost $48 million in expenses with Barnaby Joyce topping the list claiming $1,073,991.45.

Mr Joyce did not travel overseas during this period. His biggest expense was $670,897.24 for Office Fit Outs. He had already been a minister for 15 months by this stage but it appears he must have decided on a Rolls Royce upgrade in keeping with his future ambition. One could hardly entertain Gina any old where.

Over the 18 months from 1/1/14 to 30/6/15 Barnaby charged for varying numbers of flags on 32 separate occasions costing almost $25,000.

He also charges us for an amazing array of newspapers – The Australian, The Weekend Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Land, The Armidale Express, Glen Innes Examiner, The Guyra Argus, The Inverell Times, Manilla Express, Namoi Valley Independent, The Northern Daily Leader, Quirindi Advocate, Tenterfield Star and the Walcha News.

But Barnaby doesn’t just get his information from newspaper journalists. He also spent $25 on A Brief History of the Middle East, and $36 on Learning to be a Minister.

And this is the man who could be sitting in the PM’s chair, albeit as a stand in.

Gina Rinehart made a significant financial contribution to Barnaby’s campaign to win New England. He also admitted that he had funding for Armidale Hospital up his sleeve if necessary but when Tony Windsor pulled out of the race, they didn’t bother going ahead with that pork barrelling.

If Barnaby becomes leader of the National Party, it will be full steam ahead for Gina’s “special economic zone” in the North because we all know it is paying tax that is holding the billionaires back. She got rid of the carbon and the mining tax, and according to Kate Carnell, there is no question that we must reduce company tax. And now Gina wants special allowances on income tax as well.

Expect some grand plans about dams too now that Barnaby is in charge of water. (Who in their right mind would give a climate change denying goose who gets his information from the Murdoch press the responsibility for our water?)

Barnaby has rich and powerful friends. Have you ever noticed how rich and powerful people cultivate people they can easily fool?