The Liberal National Coalition has descended into a full blown crisis, following Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce’s comments at a press conference in Canberra this morning. Responding to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s comments about him from the day before — in which he openly attacked the Deputy Prime Minister and condemned Joyce’s decision to engage in an extramarital relationship, Barnaby Joyce has today slammed Turnbull’s comments, describing them as “inept” and “unnecessary”. Joyce has continued to remain defiant amidst calls for him to announce his resignation, with the member for New England announcing today that he will continue to serve as a member of parliament and as the leader of the National Party.
Today’s drama has put on full public display the volatility of the relationship which exists between the Liberal and National parties, which have maintained a coalition agreement since the 1920’s, in spite of the underlying ideological differences which divide the pair. As this latest internal drama continues to remind the voting public of the toxic culture which permeates throughout Australia’s political establishment, Australian voters may begin looking towards other right wing political parties which could offer an alternative. The Australian people deserve better than this — it is up to us to send a long overdue message to an out of touch and overindulged political elite.