The Westminster system of government affords Barnaby Joyce only two options: back the Government’s decision on the Shenhua coal mine or resign from the Cabinet.

The Agriculture Minister has already made his position clear on the project so only one option remains: resignation.

This position is also supported by Senator Abetz who has publicly stated that “if you're a frontbencher and you cannot agree with policy, that you should resign”.

It is good advice for Barnaby.  With Tony Windsor snapping at his heels in New England, the National’s Deputy Leader’s only chance of re-building support and credibility in his local communities is to resign.

His problems are compounded by his ABC radio comments this morning where he said that he was “agnostic” about whether the mine is in his electorate or not. 

His credibility is also in doubt following his decision to invite Environment Minister and decision-maker Greg Hunt to the proposed mine site just days before the NSW election to announce he was “stopping the clock” on the project.

Barnaby Joyce is receiving an additional $141,469.25 salary annually to sit in Cabinet.  Will Barnaby put his money where his mouth is and act on his criticism of his own colleagues?

Resignation is Barnaby Joyce’s only chance of political survival.

FRIDAY, 10 JULY 2015

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