‘Nasty’ trolls attack Barnaby Joyce after he suffers ‘difficult’ personal news

Jul 27, 2022
A spokesperson for Joyce confirmed the news of his father's passing while thanking those who offered their "kind wishes". Source: Getty Images.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has become the victim of vicious internet trolls as he mourns the passing of his father Jim Joyce.

Joyce reportedly raced home from Canberra to his family’s farm in the New South Wales electorate of New England to be by his father’s side. It’s expected that Joyce will be taking leave from Parliament for the rest of the week following his father’s death on Tuesday, July 26.

A spokesperson for Joyce confirmed the news of his father’s passing while thanking those who offered their “kind wishes”.

“Barnaby Joyce is mourning the loss of his father Jim Joyce, aged 98, who sadly passed away last night,” the spokesperson said.

“He appreciates the many kind wishes and thoughts being extended at this difficult time.”

However, for all those who delivered messages of support for Joyce in his difficult time, there were sadly just as many who attacked him for his absence from Parliament.

Former Nationals leader Michael McCormack defended his former colleague, demanding those posting “nasty” comments to “lay off”.

Despite a number of trolls criticising Joyce for missing Parliament, there were still plenty of Australians who reached out to offer their condolences and support.

 

Jim Joyce was a former livestock vet, World War II veteran and father-of-six.

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