Barnaby Joyce has accused Malcolm Turnbull of embarking on a campaign to bring down the government, likening his tactics to guerrilla warfare.
As the bickering and back biting deepens after the leadership spill, the former deputy prime minister says his behaviour is “bitterly disappointing” and accused Mr Turnbull of “wrecking and sniping”.
“What we now have is a majority of one and it seems like he (Mr Turnbull) has an active campaign to try to remove us as the government,” Mr Joyce said.
“That is bitterly disappointing because we gave our loyalty to the prime minister Mr Turnbull and one would expect some form of quid pro quo goes with that.”
Mr Joyce was responding to Malcolm Turnbull’s calls for Liberals to join with Labor and have Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton referred to the High Court, to test his eligibility to be in parliament.
Asked if there was wrecking and sniping going on, Mr Joyce said: “I think that would be a fair comment.”
And he agreed it could be likened to guerrilla warfare.
Mr Joyce later told Sky News, Mr Turnbull’s actions look like “malice”.
And while he didn’t know why he was removed as PM, Mr Joyce said “I’m starting to get an inkling now”.
“The best thing Malcolm has got is his legacy,” Mr Joyce said.
“And he shouldn’t impugn it. These things are starting to look like malice.”
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