Comedian John Oliver Roasts Barnaby Joyce For Office Romance

Barnaby Joyce

Veteran West Australian political analyst David Black said it was unusual for the state branch to withdraw support for a federal leader.

"I've been in heaps of fights in my political life; this is another one", he said. People are starting to see this as a witch hunt. "I'm not going anywhere, I never would", Mr Joyce told Fairfax Media on Tuesday. It's an indictment of Barnaby's sleaze, questionable ethics and integrity as a leader.

Oliver also took a swipe at Ms Campion's father, showing a Seven News clip of an angry Peter Campion saying: "I think a deputy PM on a spit would be quite a sight".

WA Nationals leader Mia Davies says Barnaby Joyce no longer has the support of her state's party.

The WA Nationals are affiliated to the National Party of Australia but have their own separate structure.

While there was no final resolution, it is believed Mr Joyce's support among the federal executive was now questionable at best while his MPs, at best, were evenly divided.

Speaking in London, the foreign minister and deputy Liberal leader, Julie Bishop, said there had been "more than enough commentary" on Joyce's situation and she wasn't going to add to it. He said this was the prevailing view among the rank and file.

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has vowed to fight to retain the leadership of the Nationals, after a fellow Nationals MP said Mr Joyce was the leader "at the moment" but would not rule out a challenge.

So far the allegations of misconduct levied against him have been too nebulous to provide a definitive reason for why he should leave - just generally being a dickhead is apparently not enough to get you out of parliament, which is demonstrably true if you look at who is in parliament - and, as much as it is embarrassing the Coalition, it's not up to Turnbull to make executive decisions in Nationals affairs, so it doesn't seem hugely likely that he'll go as things now stand.

Two-thirds of Australian voters want Joyce to resign over the affair, according to The Australian newspaper's Newspoll, and there is concern that disapproval could lead to fewer votes in state-based elections.

There is growing speculation the Nationals leader is under pressure from colleagues, ahead of a Nationals party room meeting scheduled for Monday. In an awkward Sky News interview on Monday, he was repeatedly asked whether he personally supported Mr Joyce. His presence will hand power to Bill Shorten without him having to even try and means Labor will be entirely unaccountable just as vital national interest questions are being raised over its fitness to govern.

Barnaby Joyce has to go for Australia not the Coalition.



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