Crusader Watch: shithead, bonk ban & traditional marriage

bonk ban traditional marriage shithead

Casting his mind back to 2017 for an ABC political documentary, once Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce raged against ‘shithead’ Malcolm Turnbull and his ministerial ‘bonk ban’ but ignored 2017’s issue du jour  – marriage equality and something he relentlessly promoted as ‘traditional marriage’.


Occasionally, we like to check in on the modern-day crusaders. You know. The moralists who create a God after their own image and then strive to have everyone else obey their rather convenient diety.

Since LGBTQIA+ law reform began in the seventies, the crusader focus has often been on stopping and even reversing such reforms.

The political power and income of the crusaders often derive from their  anti-LGBTQIA+ activity. Yes. Bigots build careers on hatred — and hatred alone.

So we take a keen interest in every word they utter.

Barnaby Joyce’s traditional marriage crusade

Reputedly conservative Australian politician Barnaby Joyce took a leading role in the crusade against Marriage Equality for many years. He claimed he acted in defence of ‘Traditional Marriage’.

But in 2017 during the debate that would decide the issue, he failed to mention his own concurrent adultery.

Yes! Mr Traditional Marriage had tossed aside his wife and family for a sexual affair with an employee almost half his age.

Exposure of the affair led to PM Malcolm Turnbull imposing a ‘bonk ban’ on ministers and their staffers. In the recent ABC documentary Nemesis, Joyce rages against Turnbull calling him a shithead and complaining that the then Prime Minister was involving himself in Joyce’s personal life.

This from a man who thought the personal life of every adult Australian was his concern.

That he should have some say on who other consenting adults could marry.

Hypocrisy what!

More Crusaders:

Libs of TikTok Chaya Raichik.

Catholic Education Tasmania’s Gerard Gaskin.

Bridget and Christian Ziegler: Don’t Say Gay Florida couple like a 3some!

Rona Joyner, Qld’s pioneer Morals Crusader, dies at 99.

Barnaby Joyce and Marriage Equality:

Marriage Equality Campaigner Rodney Croome Blasts Joyce.

Joyce on marriage & Asian perception.

Was Joyce just tip of traditional marriage hypocrisy iceberg?

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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