& # 39; It does not make sense & # 39 ;: the furious Barnaby Joyce criticizes the decision to & # 39; reward & # 39; to Malcolm Turnbull sending him on a trip abroad funded by taxpayers after the betrayal of former PM by partial election
- Mr. Turnbull will go to Bali for a conference on the oceans later this month.
- But Mr. Joyce criticized his call as "quite wild" and said it did not make sense
- He said that the former prime minister's refusal to help at Wentworth was reason not to send him.
- The Liberals are expected to lose their majority in a crushing defeat in the elections.
Charlie Coe For Daily Mail Australia
Barnaby Joyce has criticized the government's decision to send former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on a taxpayer-funded trip to Bali to represent Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was unable to attend the Our Ocean Our Legacy conference in Bali and instead asked Mr. Turnbull to attend the event from October 29 to 30.
The former deputy prime minister said the move was "pretty savage," especially since Mr. Turnbull refused to campaign for Liberal candidate Dave Sharma in the Wentworth by-election.
Barnaby Joyce (pictured) has beaten the government's decision to send former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on a taxpayer-funded trip to Bali to represent Australia after he refused to campaign for liberals before the partial election of Wentworth
Joyce told the 2GB radio that he believed the prime minister was unfairly "rewarding" for Turnbull.
He said: "It does not stack up for me. If I were in the cabinet, I would be scratching my head desperately.
& # 39; Does not make sense to me.
& # 39; I'm very disappointed that Malcolm did not help (in Wentworth). That probably gives us a very good reason not to send him to Bali. "
Turnbull did not actively campaign in the by-election, but tweeted his support for liberal candidate Dave Sharma and also sent him private messages.
Joyce said he thought Mr. Turnbull was probably angry about losing his job and that his decision not to campaign in the election was a way to get angry.
The prime minister said Indonesia's president, Widodo, appreciated Mr. Turnbull's decision to speak at the conference, and said that sending the former prime minister was a sign of how seriously Australia is taking the conference.
Mr. Joyce told the 2GB radio that he thought the prime minister was unfairly "rewarding" Mr. Turnbull (pictured)
The independent Kerryn Phelps is ahead in the Wentworth count, but the final result has not yet been declared.
A loss for the Liberals in the partial election would mean that they lose their majority in Canberra.
The party has begun negotiations with independent crossbenchers and is expected to survive, although the impending defeat at the blue ribbon seat has raised fears of annihilation in next year's federal elections.
The independent Kerryn Phelps is ahead in the Wentworth count, but the final result has not yet been declared