China and Russia are bigger than Canberra’s “conspiracy”: Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce apologized for calling Scott Morrison “a hypocrite and a liar” in a leaked text message. But he said Australians are more interested in geopolitical tensions, pandemics, and violations of religious freedom than the “Canberra plot” that consumed the news media reported domestically this week.

Joyce, who told reporters in Sydney on February 5, gave a full explanation in the text, suggesting that the media and politicians care more about themselves than the general public, who are more concerned about Russia and China. I was responsible.

“Australian people … aren’t really interested in some of Canberra’s plots as long as we’re interested. They’re interested in their future,” Joyce said. I did.

“What they are so worried about and interested in is that China and Russia are currently in agreement,” he added, adding that Chinese leaders Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin have announced “unlimited.” Mentioned friendship. In Beijing on February 4th.

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping (R) will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) in Beijing on February 4, 2022.

Joyce said Australians are more concerned about how national defense, pandemics, and certain pandemic response measures violate religious freedom.

“People in the suburbs of Perth are worried about why police entered the Church of St. Bernadette to shut down services. People want you to make things, strengthen your country, and get you to work. I want you to come back, and that’s exactly what I’m trying to do, “he said.

The offer to resign was rejected

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declined Joyce’s offer to resign after allowing the leaked text to be sent last March.

Joyce sent the text when he was a backbencher of the Liberal coalition government. After the expulsion of Michael McCormack, Joyce, now a leader of the Nationalist Party, said he “never wrote” the text, citing a closer partnership with Morrison for his change of heart. Stated.

“My view from the backbench about the Prime Minister was based on assumptions and commentary, not on a one-on-one partnership,” Joyce said. Said..

“From a one-on-one partnership, I found a man who realized that he respected all the agreements with me and respected all the agreements with others from both sides of the political barrier.”

The Deputy Prime Minister did not expect the text to fit in the public territory, but said it was his fault to write it.

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Former political staff Brittany Higgins (center) will leave the parliamentary office after meeting with the leader of the federal opposition Anthony Albanese on April 30, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (AAP Image / Dean Lewins)

The text was sent around the time when former liberal staff Brittany Higgins filed a allegation of being raped by an officer of the Minister of Parliament in Canberra in 2019.

Joyce sent the texts published by Nine to a third party, who later handed them over to Higgins.

“BH (Brittany Higgins) Tell me and Scott. He’s Scott for me until I have to recognize his office. Don’t get along,” the screenshot of the text reads.

“He’s a hypocrite, a liar from my observations, and it’s been going on for a long time. I’ve never trusted him and I hate how he seriously reconstructs the truth into a lie. “

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Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison will shake hands with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on November 11, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Darian Trainer / Getty Images)

Joyce said this week when he noticed that the text was being distributed among third parties, he immediately called Morrison and apologized.

“He accepted my apology. I offered to resign, but he did not accept my resignation,” he said. “In itself is a statement of a person of greater personality. It is not one of any form of piety, or a sense of picket, or retaliation.”

Joyce admits that the text message is damaging Morrison, but doesn’t think it will undermine the coalition’s chances of winning the fourth term of the government, which is scheduled for federal elections by May.

Morrison said in a statement last year that Joyce admitted to being in a “different headspace” and believed that the Deputy Prime Minister “doesn’t feel this way anymore.”

The Prime Minister added the relationships that “change over time,” “politicians are humans,” and “not all of us are perfect.”

“It’s no exaggeration to say that we have been positively surprised at each other since taking office as Deputy Prime Minister. We have never been near or pretended to do so. “Morison said.

Caden Pearson


Caden Pearson is an Australian-based reporter with a background in screenwriting and documentary. Contact him at [email protected]