Barnaby Joyces behaviour in the Federation Chamber today was disgraceful and showed a lack of respect for the Parliament and our democratic processes.
Barnaby Joyce refused to answer any questions put to him during the Agriculture Appropriation Budget in Consideration debate today.
The standard practice for this debate is that the Minister is asked a series of questions about the portfolio budget as part of Parliamentary scrutiny.
During the 45 minute session I put questions to Barnaby Joyce on a range of issues including:
- Economic impact of the White Spot disease outbreak
- His Ministerial office in Armidale
- Rookwood Weir
- Shoalwater Bay
- The APVMA relocation
- The Regional Investment Corporation
A team of Liberal/National backbenchers was sent along to filibuster to apparently protect Barnaby Joyce from answering my questions.
I even gave up some of my own allocated time to ensure others were given the opportunity to ask questions and that the Minister was left sufficient time to answer my questions.
By refusing to answer my questions today, is Barnaby Joyce deliberately avoiding being put on the record to avoid another Hansardgate?
I have asked the Speaker of the House of Representatives to consider a review of todays proceedings in the Federation Chamber.