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Wild footage shows man abusing Barnaby Joyce


An enraged civilian hurled abuse at Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, forcing his security team to step in. Picture by Peter Lorimer.
An enraged civilian hurled abuse at Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, forcing his security team to step in. Picture by Peter Lorimer.

An enraged man hurled abuse at Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, forcing his security team to step in.

The Nationals leader and his staff were travelling in a car along the New Eng­land Highway in Armidale, in NSW, at about 2.15pm on Friday when he pulled over to take a phone call.

As he was on the phone, a vehicle made a U-turn and approached the Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development minister.

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It quickly prompted an Australian Federal Police officer, who was in a separate vehicle following Mr Joyce, to stand in front of the vehicle that was driven by man and had a woman in the passenger seat.

An enraged civilian hurled abuse at Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, forcing his security team to step in.
An enraged civilian hurled abuse at Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, forcing his security team to step in.
Footage of the incident showed the man yelling at an AFP officer, telling him to: “Get out of the f**kin’ way, you dog.”
Footage of the incident showed the man yelling at an AFP officer, telling him to: “Get out of the f**kin’ way, you dog.”

According to The Daily Telegraph, the car stopped about 30 to 40 ­metres away from the leader’s car after the AFP officer walked in front of it.

Footage of the incident shows the visibly angry man hurling abuse towards Mr Joyce, calling him “a f**king piece of shit”, and pointing his finger at the officer.

It appears that the woman, believed to be his daughter, tried to stop the man from getting too close, all while he was heard yelling at the officer.

“Get out of the f**kin’ way, you dog. Get the f**k out of my face, you maggot c**t,” the man said.

A woman, believed to be the man’s daughter, tried to stop the visibly angry man and get him back into the car.
A woman, believed to be the man’s daughter, tried to stop the visibly angry man and get him back into the car.
The civilian also squared up to the AFP officer, jumping around and calling his a “piss weak c**t”.
The civilian also squared up to the AFP officer, jumping around and calling his a “piss weak c**t”.

After failing to get past the officer, the man then turned back to the vehicle but approached the officer for a second time, jumping up and down and shaping up to him.

“C’mon on c’mon on ya c**t. You piss weak c**t,” he is heard saying.

Again, the woman tried to intervene and the man went back into his vehicle.

Mr Joyce described the incident as “sad and unsavoury”. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
Mr Joyce described the incident as “sad and unsavoury”. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

Mr Joyce told the newspaper the event was “sad and unsavoury”.

“This in no way reflects how the majority of Australians participate in our democracy,” he said.

“I thank my protective ­detail for their bravery in keeping myself and my staff safe. This will be dealt with through the appropriate ­processes.”

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Emily Cosenza is NCA NewsWire’s South Australian reporter, covering police, politics, court and general news, but often writes stories for other states. Before joining the wire, she worked for AAP and The Messe… Read more

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