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Barnaby Joyce goes on tirade during live radio interview

Barnaby Joyce goes on tirade during live radio interview
Barnaby Joyce has unleashed a tirade during a live radio interview just hours after commenting on the political persuasion of two people who died in NSW bushfires.
The Nationals backbencher was on a call with 2BG host Karl Stefanovic this afternoon discussing the impact the catastrophic conditions are having on rural areas when his emotions boiled over.

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Earlier today, Joyce sparked outrage after suggesting two people killed in the fires "most likely" voted for the Greens.
Barnaby Joyce (AAP)
"I'm at my parents' place and… I've got to try and work out how I rig up some firefighting equipment around their house and try and save their house," Joyce said, his voice calm.
"There are spot fires round it. I don't know how this works, we'll just do our best job."
As Stefanovic asks Joyce to describe "how bad" the area around the property in the New England area, the MP appears to become agitated.
"Yeah, how bad do you want it to look? I mean, it's the same for a lot of people. I don't expect any special sympathy… but we're trying to deal with this. This is a nightmare for so many people.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is seen comforting 85 year old Owen Whalan of Half Chain road in Koorainghat who has been evacuated from his home during a visit to Club Taree Evacuation Centre in Taree, New South Wales. (AAP)
"But, yeah, I'm looking at the fire right now and I can see the fire… there you go."
Joyce's agitation boils over when Stefanovic raises the topic of backburning and red tape. Before the Today show personality can finish his question, the MP abruptly cuts him off.
"Yes, there is, we've got to get on top of this s---, we've got to get on top of this crap where it's all this bureaucracy that stands in the way of people keeping their place safe," Joyce bellows.
A bushfire danger rating sign is seen near Richmond, west of Sydney, Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Parts of NSW face catastrophic bushfire danger on Tuesday, with residents in bushland areas told to leave early rather than wait for fresh fires to start. (AAP)
"We're just absolutely sick of people who have nothing to do, nothing to do with our bloody life telling us what to do.
"This is our life, there are people been killed, people hurt… it's not pretend for us."
As Joyce takes a breath, Stefanovic questions why the NSW Nationals haven't been able secure more land clearing power.
The ruins of a house smoulders on Old Bar road Near Taree, NSW after devastating fires cause widespread damage throughout the state. (AAP)
"I have no idea, it's not my problem," Joyce replies.
"Our problem right now is to try and keep people safe…. The problem for me right now is to make sure that my parents' house is safe. My problem right now is to stop these dead----s driving up and down our road rubbernecking."
Joyce would also not be drawn on his controversial comments about fire deaths.
"What I don't want is people to say… anyway I got to go mate, I gotta go. See you later, Bye," he said.