Barnaby Joyce grilled and schooled on LIVE TV like a child

When Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was about to go on for a TV interview, he probably had no idea he
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When Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was about to go on for a TV interview, he probably had no idea he was about to be grilled LIVE over something he had done in the past.

Leigh Sales grilled Mr Joyce over his political donations he received from billionaire Gina Rinehart, three years ago.

The ABC 7.30 host continuously pressed Mr Joyce about how Ms Rinehart’s $50,000 donation to his election campaign was any different to that of Labor senator Sam Dastyari, who is now in hot water after having asked a Chinese company to foot his travel expenses.

But Mr Joyce was quick to point out that Mr Dastyari had taken the money for himself while the donation he received in 2013 went towards a political party.

“The money goes to a political campaign, a party, it is auditable,” Mr Joyce said, reports Daily Mail.

“What we have here is a direct cash payment to an individual by an entity closely associated with the Chinese Government and at the same time, so there’s definitely correlation – a substantive change to a policy, not even the policy of the Labor Party. It’s the policy of Sam Dastyari. Mr Shorten has to explain this,” Mr Joyce continued.

Mr Dastyari recently admitted to accepting $1,670 from Chinese company Top Education Institute to cover his travel bill and has since been at the centre of controversy.

When Ms Sales repeatedly asked about the donation made by Ms Rinehart, Mr Joyce claimed other parties received campaign funds as well.

“What do you think that you have to give her in response? Is it access? Why does she give that money? What does she expect?,” Ms Sales asked.
“I’m asking you what you, do you think you have to take phone calls from people or attend functions? What do you think you have to do?’
Mr Joyce then responded: “To be honest, Ms Rinehart, I haven’t had to give anything. They are strongly of the conservative side of politics.”

Are you satisfied with that answer?

  1. Margaret Mason  

    I watched this and got very annoyed by Leigh Sales not allowing him to finish his sentence/explanation. I can see that there is a huge difference in the two ‘donations’. One was a personal present that required no auditing (or even owning up to if he hadn’t been caught) and caused him to change his mind about a particular issue; the other was to BJ’s campaign fund – and did require auditing/tracking etc. It may have caused him (and or party) to look sympathetically on an issue – but, at least, this was an open donation. Does GR also donate to the Labor Party as many big donors do?

    • sorry dear but you sound just like the liberal party we can do what we like but the others must be doing it wrong not us grow up and find out the real truth

  2. Woody  

    Were the Rolex watches any different ?

  3. Greg Hills  

    In hindsight, Mr. Dastyari should have paid for the trip himself. Politicians are well paid, after all. If he was a government minister, such as Trade, it would have been claimable as a travel expense against his allowance for that. Not sure if the shadiw Trade Minister can do the same, but I think they can.
    As for the $50000 donation it is a political party donation just like all political parties accept. These must be documented and made public, so they can’t be hidden. Of course, it does show GR’s allegiances, and is a concern. As long as GR is paying her fair share of tax (which I doubt), this donation will be part of her tax return.

  4. Ms Sales and most ABC presenters are so left wing thay are borderline extreme. The presenters do the same thing to Pauline Hanson, not allowing the ‘subject’ to answer the question, but pursue them seeking a sensational headline. I no longer watch Sales, Tony Jones etc, and suggest that many other viewers have turned off in droves.

    • DB  

      Good to watch Barnaby squirm as he was confronted with his past. Both dontions are on the nose and don’t pass the pub rest.

    • graeme Lamond  

      I agree, I think Leigh was completely rude and disrespectful and why rehash something that has already been gone over. I also think there are a lot of people completely disillusioned by politics and politicians, it doesn’t matter what party they belong to, they are put there by us to run the country and the economy, like any business , not carry on like spiteful children.

    • Susan Bell  

      extreme left wing. Grow up, the ABC is constantly monitored so that there are neither left or right wing biases. This is unlike the rabid right wing commentators on radio and TV on privately owned networks. If you think they ABC staff are extreme left wing that makes me an anarchist, far far far to the left of the middle of the road Labor party.

  5. Roger Fitzpatrick  

    The two issues are different at one level but not at another one. Gina Rinehart’s $50,000 was a donation, however Leigh Sales missed the opportunity to remind Barnaby Joyce that he subsequently publicly intervened in the Rinehart family dispute on Gina’s side. This was and is a staggering thing for a politician to do IMO and arguably indicative of the influence Rinehart has over our Deputy PM. In other words there is often a purpose behind donations as well as repayment of a debt.

  6. The blatant leftist slant of ABC presenters is totally toxic
    Journalism 101 should teach balance, consideration of salient facts, respect for interviewees and provide an informative report; enlightening and guiding us through the labyrinth of position and possibility .
    So instead, we suffer this purile crap, pay for it with our taxes; and when we complain, we are treated to Media Watch and the insufferable P. Barry smugly telling about the ABC’s excellent standards.
    Our Adored and Wonderous Prime Minister should have fixed this when he was Comms. Minister…..however he did not and profited accordingly

    • Andrea  

      So agree with you!! Well said!

  7. The blatant leftist slant of ABC presenters is totally toxic
    Journalism 101 should teach balance, consideration of salient facts, respect for interviewees and provide an informative report; enlightening and guiding us through the labyrinth of position and possibility .
    So instead, we suffer this purile crap, pay for it with our taxes; and when we complain, we are treated to Media Watch and the insufferable P. Barry smugly telling about the ABC’s excellent standards.
    Our Adored and Wonderous Prime Minister should have fixed this when he was Comms. Minister…..however he did not and profited accordingly

    • Bruce Taylor  

      David, I am what most people call a swinging voter and have over the years voted for both sides of politics.
      I do not consider the ABC to be leftist. I do believe that the ABC is the only place we get anywhere close to unbiased press. The rest of the media are either controlled by or supported by one side of politics or the other.
      As for our PM. I thought it was great when he came to office. I thought we were going to get the mess that Abbot made fixed. I was wrong the same as I was wrong voting for Abbot in the first place.

  8. David Koppman  

    So the ABC is biased to the left and Mr Bolt along with the Murdoch press is so far right it is a joke but so sorry that’s ok what a joke.

    • Yes its all right if the liberal party get millions in donations.because their party get it.the individual members get to spend it.

    • Roxy  

      The ABC is funded by the taxpayers with a Charter REQUIRING NO BIAS. Murdoch press is A privately owned corporation not funded by taxpayers and is entitled to any bias it might or might not wish to display. The ABC has no right to be either leftist or rightist. SIMPLE !!

  9. Pamela  

    Gina Rinehart is one of Australia’s tall poppies whom people like to cut down.
    Even if she does not pay much personal tax (tho I don’t know how much), she pays tax on her mining companies, royalties and indirect taxes via all her tens of thousands of workers.
    If we cut down people like her and other businesses, where do our jobs come from?
    We can’t have a productive Australia with only public servants. We need workers being paid by successful people!

    • Rae McGowan  

      THE t 10 of thousands pay the tax on the money they earnHer fonavial team will be minimialising anythinh her company should pay

    • Gavin Weston  

      Too right Pamela. you have hit the button spot on. What do you expect from the ABC, they are excellent pi=ublic servants that trash any whom they don’t like. I watch ABC occasionally as I find them not objective at times, in their programmes and commentators.

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