Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

'Vice Captain Reserve Grade'; O'Brien Puts NSW Deputy Leader in His Place over Turnbull Criticism

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

'Vice Captain Reserve Grade'; O'Brien Puts NSW Deputy Leader in His Place over Turnbull Criticism

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Byline: Matthew McInerney Matthew.McInerney@newsregionalmedia.com.au

WIDE Bay MP Llew O'Brien has fired a sharp rebuke at John Barilaro after the NSW Nationals deputy leader's comments about Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull.

Mr Barilaro said Mr Turnbull should quit and "go before Christmas as a Christmas gift" to Australians.

He described the PM as "out of touch", and the reason the Federal Government is in disarray.

"Turnbull is the problem. The Prime Minister is the problem. He should step down and allow for a clean out of what the leadership looks like federally," he said.

Mr O'Brien, who earlier this week fought for a Royal Commission into the banking industry, hammered Mr Barilaro on Twitter.

He described Mr Barilaro as the "vice captain of reserve grade", and said the NSW Nationals deputy leader should keep out of the matter.

"@JohnBarilaroMP seems like a good bloke, and everyone is entitled to an opinion," he wrote.

"Mine is that John should focus on his role as vice captain of reserve grade and let the big boys and girls take care of federal matters. …

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