Bizarre footage shows Australia’s former deputy prime minister lying on a pavement mumbling into his phone.
The video of Barnaby Joyce, 56, was captured in Canberra on Wednesday at 11.26pm.
The National Party of Australia frontbencher was on the phone to his wife when he fell off a plant pot and onto the pavement.
He can be seen with his legs up in the air and his jacket spread out while he lies down.
During the phone call Joyce calls someone a ‘dead f***ing c**t’ but his wife said this was not in reference to her.
Joyce has hit back at the clip and told Daily Mail Australia: ‘If I had known someone was there with a camera, I would have got up quicker.’
Joyce’s wife has criticised the person who filmed the video and said they should have helped her husband.
‘It’s disgusting that when he was in need they could not even check he was OK,’ she said.
But the witness said there was no evidence that Joyce needed any help.
They said: ‘Joyce seemed relaxed and happy lying on the side of the road and didn’t appear to require any assistance.’
Joyce said in a statement: ‘I was walking back to my accommodation after Parliament rose at 10pm.
‘While on the phone I sat on the edge of a plant box, fell over, kept talking on the phone, and very animatedly was referring to myself for having fallen over.
‘I got up and walked home.’
This is not the first time Joyce has caused controversy after slurring his words while talking about building infrastructure during Question Time in 2021.
He attacked then-opposition leader Anthony Albanese with a reference to The Aviator, a 2004 film about American pilot Howard Hughes.
He said: ‘Now, I, I, I li-like, I like going to the movies and I can’t, can’t but re-, I can’t but always remember Howard Hughes, Howard Hughes the aviator.
‘But Howard Hughes the aviator but Labor party got Albo the advocator, the great, the great advocator, the great ideas man, the great ideas man straight from the pool room.’
Albanese said the comments had nothing to do with the question asked.
Later that year he used a word that didn’t exist by saying Labor members were casting ‘denearing’ sneers towards his colleagues.
The written record of parliamentary proceedings Hansard said Joyce was trying to use the word ‘derisive’.
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