Barnaby Joyce Doesn’t “Give A Shit” About COVID’s Impact On Melbourne
“We’ve got record exports of coal. Record exports of beef. But we look at Melbourne, and go, you can almost smell the burning flesh from here.”
For an update on how Barnaby Joyce is doing in his new role in Parliament, it has been revealed that our Deputy Prime Minister “couldn’t give a shit” about how COVID-19 has impacted Melbourne, because coal and beef exports are at a record high in country areas.
Presenting our new Deputy Prime Minister everyone.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says he “couldn’t give a shit” about the impact of Covid in Melbourne because coal prices are high. pic.twitter.com/uIskGEAtYd
— Stephen Spencer (@sspencer_63) June 27, 2021
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph published yesterday, Joyce was supposedly asked about Australia’s handling of the pandemic and whether people needed to stop obsessing over trying to reach zero cases.
To this, Joyce replied: “It’s like saying I want zero cases of flu. It’s not possible. It’s like saying I want zero cases of measles mumps. We’re going to shut the borders for that?”
Just a little side note here, Australia eliminated measles in 2014.
Joyce then continued by saying people have to “learn to live with it”. It being COVID-19.
But when asked about the impact COVID-19 has had specifically on Melbourne, which journalist James Campbell described as a “disaster zone”, Joyce replied “of course… but in country areas we couldn’t really give a shit.”
He then went on to say: “We’ve got record exports of coal. Record exports of beef. But we look at Melbourne, and go, you can almost smell the burning flesh from here.”
The comment is baffling to say the least.
Around 7 million people live in regional Australia. About 40k work in coal. Why is that his overwhelming priority?
— Craig (@craigvn) June 27, 2021
Not only is Joyce using the oldest trick in the book, by trying to pit regional against city people. But he’s also making a horrible assumption that everyone in the country has no sympathy for people in lockdown in our metropolitan cities, because they’ve been suffering for longer with bushfires, and droughts.
The way in which Joyce describes the “burning flesh” from Melbourne, also feels like a metaphor about the damage done to the city during the COVID lockdown, which is him being aware that there was a lot of suffering during lockdown, right? But again it’s not totally clear.
Australia is bigger & better than Barnaby Joyce’s bitter cynicism.
During the Black Summer, people from all backgrounds were fundraising and queuing up to send bales of hay to the regional areas that copped it.
— Tim Watts MP (@TimWattsMP) June 26, 2021
‘But we look at Melbourne, and go, you can almost smell the burning flesh from here.’
I’m fluent in retail politician gibberish, but I have no idea what he means with this.
— Peter Hill (@peter_hill_) June 27, 2021
Just yesterday, Joyce also announced a reshuffle of the Nationals frontbench, awarding top spots to some of his big promoters – Bridget McKenzie and Andrew Gee.
McKenzie’s comeback is pretty surprising given she resigned last year following the sports rorts affair. And Gee, an easily missed politician, is said to have changed his vote to Joyce in the recent weeks only to secure a cabinet post.
People are calling Joyce’s reshuffle a mere transaction, rewarding those who got him the top job, without actually thinking of who would be the best for the job.
All in all, Barnaby’s interests are already on full display since being reinstated as Deputy PM.
— Katharine Murphy (@murpharoo) June 27, 2021
The Morrison-Joyce government engaging in revenge politics and promoting the worst of the worst in their ranks to positions of power while the country faces a major outbreak due to its incompetence, speaks so eloquently to what this grubby, corrupt outfit is all about.
— Bernard Keane (@BernardKeane) June 27, 2021
There was no reason for any of this reshuffle, other than score settling and rewarding those who got him there. Entirely transactional. No accountability. This isn’t even pretending to be ‘merit’ – hope those 11 MPs feel great about all they’ve done to return him https://t.co/CMKzI9U4zC
— Amy Remeikis (@AmyRemeikis) June 27, 2021
Barnaby Joyce, Bridget McKenzie, Christian Porter, all back at the table: pic.twitter.com/eej5AMP5Bu
— Tony Martin (@mrtonymartin) June 27, 2021