Is Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce going to be the next to feature in a tortured apology video for disrespecting Australia’s laws? A tipster tells us that Joyce was in Port Macquarie recently and hit a bit of a snag at the airport when he went to board his charter plane to move to the next stop on the campaign trail. We’re told a report was made “for not going through Commonwealth security screening and walking straight out onto the tarmac. AFP argued with local airport officials for pulling him up, until he finally agreed to go through commonwealth screening process.”

Joyce’s media people say they had no issues at the airport and went through security as requested. And we were so looking forward to a Joyce channelling Johnny Depp on video.

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