Barnaby Joyce could be the first Australian politician to be thrown out from a leadership position due to what can only be described as modern-day morality. Critics have no qualms about letting him go. According to them, he not only crossed a single wall, he has crossed so many walls that it is impossible for him to jump back into Australian politics.
Crime and hypocrisy
For the political class in Australian politics, it would be painful for them to label anyone for their wish to have a sexual affair. This can be a potential minefield. Joyce has been accused of abandoning his wife for a much younger woman at a time he is arguing for a more conservative form of marriage. He is against any kind of same-sex marriage, supporting marriage only between a man and a woman. It's a bad omen for him when other politicians like Tony Windsor take to Social Media and asks for the minister to get ready for a life outside politics. Conservatives have expressed their anger over the decision by the politician to leave his family as they regard any family as the society's building blocks. Whatever be the views, all sides have not taken kindly to the fact that one of his political staffers are having his baby.
The irony is that Joyce could have shaken it all off if these happened in the 1950s. Morality has taken only one scalp- Ian Sinclair- in Australian politics during the last 90 years. These times, however, are not on his side, as evidenced by the new orthodoxy when it comes to matters of sex. The politician is trapped between older, traditional views and modern attitudes.
Out with a cause
Interestingly, if Joyce loses leadership of Nationals, none of the above-mentioned reasons will be said as the reason for his dismissal. The official cause would be his supposed transgression of the rules regarding travel allowances. Another spanner helping his dismissal will be the unnatural influence exerted on him by the woman he left his family for. For now, Joyce has the Australian Prime Minister on his side. PM Malcolm Turnbull has claimed on February 12 that Vikki Campion, the younger partner in question, was still to be the partner of Joyce when she was about six months' pregnant. She had spent the complete summer holidays with the leader of the Nationals party.