Barnaby Joyce found out he has been dropped as a ‘special envoy’ by Prime Minister Scott Morrison when he read a TWEET from Sky News
- MP Barnaby Joyce learns he wont retain role as special drought envoy via Twitter
- Sky News tweet made claim and Joyce responded saying it was the first he heard
- Mr Joyce was first appointed to the special envoy role in August 2018
Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce found out he lost his role as Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Recovery on Twitter.
Sky News shared a video titled ‘Barnaby Joyce doesn’t look like he has retained his role as special envoy to the drought’ to social media on Sunday, ahead of Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing his cabinet.
‘Just found out from you guys then,’ Mr Joyce wrote in response to the tweet.
Former National Party Leader Barnaby Joyce (right) found out he lost his role as Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Recovery via a tweet from Sky News
Sky News posted a news segment to its Twitter titled ‘Barnaby Joyce doesn’t look like he has retained his role as special envoy to the drought’
The tweet was the first Mr Joyce had heard that he wouldn’t retain the role according to his reply (pictured)
Just days ago Mr Joyce was on the Tingha Plateau in New South Wales talking about the work the Rapid Relief Team AU in donating 25 tonnes of fencing to farmers struggling through the drought.
Mr Joyce was appointed as the Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Recovery in August of 2018, giving him the power to advice the government on drought relief policy.
‘This is a national crisis and we’ve got to approach it as such,’ Mr Joyce said after his appointment.
When the role was first announced the key dates and progress were only set out until March of 2019, ending with a drought round table from with stakeholders from across the country.
So far the only envoy announced by the government was Queensland MP Warren Entsch who is now the special envoy to the Great Barrier Reef.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement during a press conference revealing his cabinet in Canberra on Sunday.
‘Warren has a passion across a whole range of issues in relation to the reef … and he has a particular passion about oceans policy and the impact of plastics on our oceans,’ Prime Minister Morrison said.
The role of special envoy to Indigenous Australians, formally held by Tony Abbott, is also yet to be filled.
When the role was first announced the key dates and progress were only set out until March of 2019, ending with a drought round table from with stakeholders from across the country