Feb 16, 2018

Open war erupts between Turnbull and Joyce

Canberra has been left stunned by Barnaby Joyce's unprecedented savaging of his own Prime Minister, which leaves the Coalition, and this government, in tatters.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Australian politics entered unprecedented territory late this morning when Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce emerged to savage the Prime Minister for his criticisms of Joyce yesterday. At this point, the future of the federal Coalition is unclear.

In a remarkable statement, Joyce called Turnbull "inept" for his "completely unnecessary" comments about Joyce which would "basically pull the scab off to everybody to have a look at" and cause further harm.

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