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Barnaby Joyce ‘betraying’ his party, government with paid tell-all interview, Senator Hinch says

Barnaby Joyce has betrayed the government by accepting a reported $150,000 for a tell-all television interview, crossbench senator Derryn Hinch says.

Some colleagues have slammed the move, including Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer who said “most Australians would be disgusted” by politicians selling their stories.

Senator Hinch said it was hypocritical for Mr Joyce to accept money for an interview on Seven’s Sunday Night program.

“The hide of the man to complain to the press council for the Daily Telegraph invading his privacy and then get $150,000,” he told Neil Mitchell.

“Back in February he said it’s a private matter, now for money he’s going to tell all.

“When you get paid money by a television show they own you.

“He is betraying his own party and his government.”

On Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Senator Hinch said it was unlikely he’d lose the Labor leadership to Anthony Albanese.

“If something goes bad in the by-elections, maybe,” he said.

“He’s not the Bill Shorten we knew in Beaconsfield.”

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