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Joyce admits blowing his stack at Turnbull

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull share some joy during a division in the House of Representatives.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull share some joy during a division in the House of Representatives. DEAN LEWINS

BARNABY Joyce says there was shouting, screaming, "the whole lot” and colleagues had to bundle him out of the room after a clash with Malcolm Turnbull over carbon tax.

The Deputy Prime Minister has shared a rare insight into his relationship with his boss in an interview with GQ, saying the country's most senior government figures work well together, despite not being close.

"Well, other people kept a cap on it (the blow-up) by getting me out of the room. Bundling me out like I used to do folks at the Wicklow (Hotel),” Mr Joyce said.

"So after that it was raw, but now we respect each other. We work well together. He completely trusts my confidence and I trust his.”

Mr Joyce revealed he had a childhood ambition to be PM, but said he was happy where he was and with the job he was doing.

"Malcolm and I get along. I genuinely thought we wouldn't, but we genuinely do,” Mr Joyce said.

Asked if Mr Turnbull had become a close friend, the Deputy PM said, "No. We've both got a job to do. We're both leaders of our political parties and that comes with boundaries.

"At times, those parties have different agendas. But we respect each other and work closely together, and we're friendly. But we're not close.”

Asked who Tony Abbott was targeting in recent musings, Mr Joyce thought the former Liberal PM was talking to himself.

"And he's got to stop,” he said.

Topics:  barnaby joyce malcolm turnbull tony abbott wicklow hotel



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