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Embattled Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce is under fire today, as GetUp campaigners reveal leaked documents that suggest his support for the $21 billion Adani coal project in central Queensland’s Galilee Basin was purely so that he could cook a mean feed for all of his bros.
Transcripts between the Member For New England and Indian coal magnate, Guatam Adani, show that Mr Joyce was willing to support whatever infrastructure developments were needed to aid the project – so long as he was allowed to use the giant open-cut hole in the ground when they were finished.
“It’ll be choice, bro” said Mr Joyce.
“I’ll invite all the family around and we’ll get stuck in to a mean Hāngī”
The uniquely New Zealand Hāngī is a style of cooking where different ingredients are traditionally wrapped in flax leaves underground foliage with cloth sacks, aluminium foil and wire baskets on top of hot coals. Common conconctions include pork, mutton or lamb, potato, pumpkin, cabbage and stuffing are also included.
The result of this long process is tender, off-the-bone meat and delicious vegetables, all infused with a smoky, earthy fragrance, something that Mr Joyce is apparently quite fond of.
Mr Joyce has previously said the Adani coal mine project will create 10,000 jobs and inject huge sums into the economy – but failed to mention his interest in cooking a barbecue in the giant open-cut coal mine.
When questioned about these revelations by journalists today, Mr Joyce said GetUp was “awff their heads”.