Barnaby Joyce caught losing his temper and swearing at a woman 16



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It has been revealed the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce told a constituent to “piss off” after a heated exchange of words at a pub in his New England electorate.

Mr Joyce was at the pub with members of his staff when he reportedly lost his temper at a woman who was questioning him about mining in the area, telling her to “piss off” three times.

Fairfax is reporting that at least five people witnessed the event, with some saying the woman, Nicky Chirlian, was badgering the deputy PM before the altercation and others saying Mr Joyce flew off the handle without warning.

“A group of us were having dinner and I saw him walk into the public bar,” Ms Chirlian said.

“I decided I would go over and ask him to please attend the forum.”

According to Ms Chirlian, Mr Joyce responded: “Nicky, I know what you’re doing. You do this every time”.

Ms Chirlian said he returned from the bathroom a few minutes later and she tried to talk to him about the mining issue one more time.

“He got really quite loud, other people in our group who were in the other room could hear him. He said ‘Nicky piss off, just piss off, piss off’,” Ms Chirlian said.

“He was physically quite close. He’s a big bloke and I’m 5″6 and coming up on 60 years-old. I was pretty shocked.

“At that stage the bar staff woman came in beside me and she put her arm straight out between Barnaby Joyce and myself.

“I’m a constituent. I’m pretty insulted because I felt like he was using a bullying tactic. He might not like me or want to come to our forum but I don’t think that’s appropriate behaviour for the Deputy Prime Minister.”

However, others have different version of events with Elizabeth Feitz, who was also in the pub at the time, saying Ms Chirlian “ran across the bar and accosted him”.

“I couldn’t hear what they were saying but they kept following him around. They were absolutely in his face. They wouldn’t go away,” she said.

“He asked them to go away and, yes, he did say ‘piss off’ eventually but they kept following him.

“We yelled across to the bar staff to intervene but it was more about getting the woman away from Barnaby Joyce. He’d given up on having a beer with us at the point and was getting takeaways.”

Mr Joyce and Ms Chirlian had previously met when Ms Chirlian attended Q&A’s program in Tamworth on Monday night, when Mr Joyce was on the panel, and argued over the issue of mining in the area.

Despite the different version of events, both parties have said that Mr Joyce did indeed tell Ms Chirlian to “piss off”, language you wouldn’t normally expect from a politician speaking to his constituents.

What do you think about this revelation? Do you expect more from the Deputy Prime Minister? Or should is Ms Chirlian at fault?

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  1. Im not a fan of him but i know he is a polition but cant they have a quite drink with his co workers without people badgering him, that person should just have asked him once if he said no then let it go. maybe he just wanted to have a drink and chat with his staff at a relax atmosphere. everyone has a right to have a quite one without being badgered, he may have s=done it the wrong way but bloody hell ask once if he says no leave him or other pollies alone they need a break too.

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    • It was obviously a set up by the supporters of the New England Traitor Tony Winger and the same women who attended the very biased Q&A program.I believe Barnaby has a right to have a beer in peace at out local hotel without being harassed

  2. No great fan of Mr Joyce perhaps he could have just answered. No I will not be able to attend. But I don’t think that would have satisfied the woman it probably would have led to more questioning, this was not the forum for this. Wonder how she would have Felton responded if he approached their group unannounced while they were having dinner and started sprucing the benefits of mining? Can understand why he told her to piss off, just remember to use manners next time or ignore. By the way no mining

  3. Not surprised he was a pub bouncer at the New England Hotel years ago. Barbnabarian……..

  4. He is entitled to personal time out with colleagues and who knows what they were discussing…
    The whoa sounds like she was trying to big note herself and perhaps get a bite – sounds like she bit off more than she could chew.
    Suggest in future she goes through the appropriate channels to request his attendance – not barging in at the pub!!

  5. He is entitled to personal time out with colleagues and who knows what they were discussing…
    The whoa sounds like she was trying to big note herself and perhaps get a bite – sounds like she bit off more than she could chew.
    Suggest in future she goes through the appropriate channels to request his attendance – not barging in at the pub!!

  6. Irrespective of the behaviour of constituents, such language is not acceptable from the leadership of the nation.

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    • Agree, Nerrida. I think the woman overstepped the mark, but as a highly paid public servant, he should always be polite. We pay his salary so a bit of respect please. We’ve come to expect bad behaviour from Barnaby Joyce though.

  7. Can’t he have a beer and something to eat without being badgered. Everyone needs time for personal needs Bad manners lady !

  8. If you go to a public bar you can expect other members of the public to be there. If you are a politician dropping in to the Public Bar during an election campaign you are inviting the public to recognise you and see you as approachable, interested in local affairs, comfortable talking to the kind of people you meet in a public place. If Barnaby wanted a quiet drink with his chums he could have invited them around to his place or wherever he was staying. Barnaby went there to be seen being “a man of the people” . I don’t like that kind of man chucking his weight around in places that I frequent.

  9. The people of the north west have been sold out to Santos for a mere $22,000.00. Barnaby Joyce has been caught out. No wonder he feels cornered. He is corrupt and should resign immediately.

  10. Just what have we all done to deserve the poor quality of politicians that we have. No excuse for bad language – but more important are the policies that our Deputy Prime Minister supports.

    His latest is to more that public servants in his portfolio to Armidale in has electorate as a pork-barreling measure to gain votes. His language use against public servants who understandably do not want to move was very rude and dismissive.

  11. Sounds like there is ‘history’ there, and we are only getting one side of the story.
    I wonder what Barney would have to say. Sounds to me like he was being badgered.
    And I guess he could have said WAY worse, but didn’t.

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