Joyce says John ‘Wacka’ Williams would be a ‘straight shooter’ after the resignation of Stephen Parry

Barnaby Joyce has upped the internal ante by backing his National party colleague, John “Wacka” Williams, to be the next president of the Senate, as the Turnbull government absorbs the latest blow in the citizenship debacle – the resignation of Stephen Parry.

Joyce, who is campaigning to hold the seat of New England after having been ruled ineligible by the high court last week because of a dual citizenship, told Guardian Australia that Williams would do a good job as Senate president.

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