A week after his infamous $150,000 television interview pleading for privacy for his new family, Barnaby Joyce has taken to Twitter to post two videos showing him having a row with a photographer outside a church.
The former deputy prime minister and Nationals leader videoed the incident on Sunday while asking the photographer why he was following him around.
“It’s our job,” replied the bearded photographer who refused to give his name or who he worked for.
He turned the tables, asking Mr Joyce how he could come out of church and size someone up to punch them.
Mr Joyce, who has been on sick leave from political duties since late May, said he hadn’t done that.
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“Yes, you did. You pulled your right hand back. If I hadn’t walked away you would have clubbed me,” the photographer said.
“Go back to your regular job as a bouncer.”
Sharing a second video of the photographer walking away, Mr Joyce tweeted: “We did the Sunday program to stop this, this is why we need a tort of privacy.”
We did the Sunday program to stop this, this is why we need a tort of privacy. pic.twitter.com/hLQReDOQta
— Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) June 10, 2018
The stoush came as Mr Joyce’s future as a politician remains in doubt following his controversial TV interview with his new partner Vikki Campion, with some colleagues saying he should walk away from politics, something the member for New England says he has no plans to do.
It also comes days after saying he was “entitled” to lobby NSW Nationals to vote against a bill to provide “safe zones” around the state’s abortion clinics that would make it an offence to film staff and patients without their consent.