Workers’ front seat Joel Fitzgibbon called Barnaby Joyce this morning a “Neanderthal” in an explosive battle at Sunrise.
The former Deputy Prime Minister hit back and told Mr. Fitzgibbon that he would lose his job over Labor’s target against net zero emissions by 2050.
Sunrise host David Koch was forced to close the interview abruptly when it fell into chaos with the two politicians shouting about each other.
Koch started the interview with a scandal about sports fairs that plagued the coalition – but Joyce quickly changed the subject.
On Friday, Labor leader Anthony Albanese said his party wants the country to stop emitting greenhouse gases it will use in 30 years.
Joyce believes the policy will lead to the destruction of high-emission Aussie industries, including agriculture and mining – and believes that voters will not support this.
‘I just want to thank the Labor party by deciding by 2050 that we have zero net emissions [because it means] we will have zero Labor Party seats in Australia, “he said sarcastically.
‘The biggest threat at the moment is the corona virus and the Labor party that wants to close coal mines. [The target] is devastating for the agricultural sector, “he said.
Fitzgibbon, shadow minister of Agriculture and Resources, responded by attacking the national party and defending the policy.
“They are in full flight there. Thanks and have a nice week, “Koch said when he ended the interview
“Barnaby wants to talk about everything except his own party and their dysfunction, but I am very happy to answer that question,” he said.
“The majority of Australians want us to take action against greenhouse gas emissions and we are going to do that.”
Mr. Fitzgibbon defends claims that the policy will put an end to the coal-mining industry, and confirmed that Fitzgibbon still wants Australia to export coal to make money in 2050 because it does not have to “account for emissions in other countries.” countries are being emitted ‘.
Joyce then said that regional voters do not like the policy because they fear it will cost jobs – and said they will turn against Labor as they did in the 2019 elections.
“I was in Muswellbrook yesterday and I’ll tell you what, you got it for you. They don’t like this and they don’t like the PvdA and you are there to represent them. ”
Mr. Joyce then mentioned sectors that he claimed were threatened by the net zero policy.
“The dairy industry, the pig industry, the beef sector, your own leader says it – this occurs in all sectors,” he fumed.
He continued in a blistering tirade: ‘Your comparison is zero, so future emissions from coal mines, these guys are being thrown out of their jobs.
“It must come from somewhere, Joel, and you don’t tell us where. It must come from agriculture and for people in the city that is good – you are just going to pay a lot more for food – but that is good because Mr. Albanian from Australia is going to save the world.
“And you are going to lose your job Joel, you are going to lose your job.”
Joyce then said that regional voters hate the net zero policy because they fear it will cost jobs – and will turn against Labor like in the 2019 elections
Mr. Fitzgibbon had Mr. Joyce finish before he hit back and claimed that he was shamelessly trying to win votes.
‘You are looking for a political opportunity like a SCUD rocket. Both the National Farmers Federation and Meat And Livestock Australia have committed to net zero by 2030, Barnaby, “he said.
An excited Mr. Joyce then began to include voters in the 2019 elections that turned away from Labor.
“Central Queensland was crushed, Mackay was crushed,” he shouted while Mr. Fitzgibbon said, “Come on with the script, mate – you’re a Neanderthal.”
“You’re about to lose your job,” My Joyce said before Koch ended the screaming contest.
“They are in full flight there. Thanks and have a nice week, “said Koch.