‘Skint’ Joyce offered loan from father-in-law
BARNABY Joyce's Far North father-in-law has offered to "top up" the apparently cash strapped MP who made a flying visit to the region with the family on the weekend.
The former deputy Prime Minister revealed earlier this week he was struggling to support two families on his $211,000 salary which raised ire across the country from low income earners.
He and partner Vikki Campion, along with their sons Sebastian and Tom, quietly flew into Cairns over the weekend and were reportedly spotted dining out at up-market Esplanade seafood restaurant Splash on Friday night.
A fellow diner said the pair was squabbling during the meal, although it was unclear whether the tiff was over the bill.
Ms Campion's father Peter, a former firefighter and prolific Cairns Post letters-to-the-editor writer, confirmed he had spent some quality time with his daughter and grandsons at a family wedding, while the Nationals MP was working.
He said he had heard about Mr Joyce's supposed money problems and offered to help out.
"If they're short we could top them up," he said
"But I think they're getting by.
"I think they'll survive."
Mr Campion said he was disappointed Mr Joyce could not socialise with the family over the weekend, but supported his reason for the visit which he said was to discuss his push for regional senators.
"Barnaby couldn't do any socialising with us because of work commitments, but that's important," he said.
"Barnaby does more away from home than a FIFO worker does and gets paid less.
"I've told Vikki to tell Barnaby to pull back a bit.
"I really want to sit down with my son-in-law and set his life right."
He said the pair and their children had travelled on the same flight, but Vikki had "paid her own way" to attend the wedding.
"We got to see the two most beautiful grandchildren," he said.