Barnaby Joyce is a passionate man. He is passionate about Queensland and passionate about who he represents. I thought he was passionately against the Labor Party. Which is why his attack on James Ashby is all the more strange. Mr Ashby is a victim, who is alleging he was treated badly by a Liberal rat.
Senator Joyce on May 6 told a press conference that Mr Ashby was ''only slightly less dodgy than Slipper''.
Mr Ashby has now lodged a formal complaint with the Human Rights Commission alleging victimisation under the Sex Discrimination Act. This relates to both Senator Joyce's statement and Senator Carr's tweet that ''This Ashby seems more rehearsed than a kabuki actor''.
Senator Joyce is clearly a liability to the Coalition. The Coalition cannot attack Senator Carr for his comments, when Senator Joyce has made comments which are just as bad.
Tony Abbott should sack Barnaby Joyce, particulary if the complaints turns out to be true. There is no place in politics for personal attacks of victims, or indeed sexual harassment.
This all comes after this blog revealed Victorian Labor candidate Mandy Kirsopp's Twitter attacks on Ashby.