Bravo to the Canberra Hospital staff for not letting any non-family members in to see Barnaby Joyce last Monday night.
The Australian reported yesterday that Nationals leader Mark Vaile had tried to get in to see Senator Joyce but hospital staff told him since he wasn’t family, there was no way he was getting in.
During Question Time yesterday Labor’s Julia Gillard asked Mr Vaile, “Isnâ€™t it true that, when refused access, the Acting Prime Minister directed an AFP officer to try to misuse his authority in order to gain access?” Mr Vaile denied this had happened.
Crikey’s Christian Kerr said “this was a pretty serious allegation â€“ inappropriate and possibly illegal use of a police badge, exacerbated if the officer was directed to act that way by a senior minister.”
Good on the hospital staff for refusing to be intimidated.