On Wednesday, former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was caught on camera mumbling to his wife on the phone as he was lying on the ground.
He appeared on the Sunrise program and explained how his disturbing behavior came about.
He said he mixed alcohol with prescription medication.
After a long day of sitting in Parliament, Joyce was captured by a camera rolling around in a street in Canberra.
He said he fell off while he was on a planter box.
His actions caught the attention of both political parties, with Nationals leader David Littleproud describing his behavior as inappropriate and Treasurer Jim Chalmer saying it was disturbing.
During an awkward interview with Barr on the Sunrise program, Joyce said he had no excuse for his behavior.
He noted that he had been drinking alcohol and taking a prescription drug, which caused him to have an unusual walk home. He claimed that the warning signs of taking a prescription drug were very accurate.
During the interview, Barr continued to ask Joyce about his strange walk home.
He then said he had mixed alcohol with a prescription medication.
When he was asked about it, he quickly responded that it was exactly what he had said. He then praised a taxi driver who stopped his car to help him as he was stumbling.
When asked by Barr if he felt he needed help, Joyce said that he wasn’t looking for an excuse.
He also noted that what he said was what he had said. He said that he fell off while he was sitting on a planter box, and he was then recorded by the camera rolling around.
Joyce shot back at Barr. It was later reported that the former leader of the Nationals would not attend a meeting of the party’s MPs on Monday due to his behavior.
The incident has highlighted the tensions within the party, with some suggesting that Joyce could be moved to the backbench in a potential leadership change.
In response to the incident, Littleproud said he was surprised by Joyce’s behavior, but he didn’t think that he should be demoted.
Instead, he said that he would speak with the former leader to make sure that he had the necessary environment to perform his duties.
Peter Dutton, the leader of the opposition, criticized the person who filmed the incident. He said that they should have tried to help the individual instead.