Bizarre footage shows Nationals frontbencher Barnaby Joyce lying on the footpath in Canberra late at night while mumbling ‘dead f***ing c**t’ into his phone.
Daily Mail Australia has exclusively obtained video of the former deputy prime minister lying on Londsale Street, in the suburb of Braddon, at 11.36pm on Wednesday.
Sources say he had been sitting on a large pot plant while having an animated conversation when he fell off, ‘rolled around’, and continued with his call.
In the video, Joyce, 56, could be seen lying on the pavement with his legs up and his jacket splayed.
He was sporting the same blue and white tie worn during Question Time in Parliament House earlier that day.
Barnaby Joyce could be seen on the pavement while talking on the phone (pictured)
He could be heard saying ‘dead f***ing c**t’ into the phone on Wednesday night (pictured)
Much of the conversation was muffled but the profanities were clear.
Sources close to Joyce explained the phone call was likely with his new wife, Vikki Campion.
About an hour after publication, Ms Campion told media that he was not referring to her when he called someone a ‘dead f***ing c**t’.
‘I think he was calling himself one, he likes to self flagellate,’ she said.
Joyce described the scene as ‘very embarrassing’ in a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Friday.
‘I was walking back to my accommodation after Parliament rose at 10pm,’ he said.
‘While on the phone I sat on the edge of a plant box, fell over, kept talking on the phone, and very animatedly was referring to myself for having fallen over.
‘I got up and walked home.’
The pair got married in a bush bash-style wedding at his family’s property in Woolbrook, in the NSW Northern Tablelands, in November.
Joyce didn’t ask any questions in Parliament on Wednesday.
On Thursday, he spoke to conservative commentator Andrew Bolt about how he believes the Australian Defence Force should acquire more drones.
Earlier in the week he addressed an anti-renewable energy rally outside Parliament House.
It’s not the first time Joyce’s bizarre antics have attracted public attention.
During Question Time in 2021, he appeared to slur his words while answering a question about building infrastructure in regional NSW.
He decided to attack then-opposition leader Anthony Albanese with a bizarre reference to The Aviator, a 2004 Hollywood film about American pilot Howard Hughes.
‘Now, I, I, I li-like, I like going to the movies and I can’t, can’t but re-, I can’t but always remember Howard Hughes, Howard Hughes the aviator,’ he said.
Barnaby Joyce can be seen in Parliament House on Wednesday in the same blue and white tie
Barnaby Joyce is pictured on the Bolt report on Thursday, the day after his ’embarrassing’ phone call on the footpath
‘But Howard Hughes the aviator but Labor party got Albo the advocator, the great, the great advocator, the great ideas man, the great ideas man straight from the pool room.’
Albanese said Joyce’s comments had ‘nothing to do with the question’.
Later that year, he appeared to use a word that didn’t exist.
Joyce was trying to discipline Labor members for casting ‘denearing’ sneers towards some of his MPs.
‘I might bring some attention to some of the denearing sneers that have happened across the chamber at a person who has been a very accomplished businessman, who has stood behind the great city of Gladstone,’ he said.
‘There’s a denearing sneer towards the member of Flynn.
‘There is a denearing sneer towards the people of the great city of Gladstone and the people of Central Queensland.
Viewers took to social media asking why he was using a made-up word.
Hansard, the written record of the proceedings and debates in Parliament, released a transcript of his speech that claimed Joyce was saying ‘derisive’ rather than ‘denearing’.
The video of Mr Joyce comes after increased scrutiny on parliamentary standards and workplace culture in the nation’s capital in recent years.
According to the standards code for parliamentarians, members have a ‘shared responsibility to ensure that that Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces meet the highest standards of integrity, dignity, safety and mutual respect’.
The code and standards apply to all duties undertaken during members’ employment, including at social events, while travelling for work, and outside normal business hours.
‘Alcohol is no excuse for breach of this code or the standards,’ the code says.
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