Barnaby’s row with photographer
BARNABY Joyce has taken to Twitter to post extraordinary footage of an altercation between him and a photographer, who accused the former deputy PM of sizing him up to punch him.
The incident took place in Armidale this morning as Mr Joyce was leaving church, The Australian reports.
Mr Joyce posted a video of the confrontation with a tweet reading: "Coming out of church, guess who is hiding in the bushes taking photos, yet won't give his name or who he works for."
In the footage, Mr Joyce, who has copped a backlash over his decision to accept $150,000 from the Seven Network for a television interview with his partner Vikki Campion, asks the photographer why he is following him.
"Well it's our job," the photographer said.
"Who do you work for?" Mr Joyce asked.
We did the Sunday program to stop this, this is why we need a tort of privacy. pic.twitter.com/hLQReDOQta— Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) June 10, 2018
The photographer then accused the former PM of threatening to punch him.
"How can you seriously come out of church and size someone up to punch them," the photographer said.
"I didn't size you up to punch you," Mr Joyce said.
"Yes you did. You pulled your right hand back and if I hadn't actually walked away you would have clubbed me," the photographer said, before telling Mr Joyce to "Go back to your regular job as a bouncer. Seriously."
The former Nationals leader, who worked as a bouncer in his university days, repeatedly asked the photographer for his name.
Coming out of church, guess who is hiding in the bushes taking photos, yet won’t give his name or who he works for pic.twitter.com/YNi4hRj4qU— Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) June 10, 2018
In a second video, Mr Joyce follows the photographer, demanding that he give him his name.
A local also confronts the photographer, accusing him of hiding behind a tree "like a snake".