Mr Joyce displayed broad tastes, also buying Matthew Reilly’s The Secret Runners of New York, the children’s version of Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s bestselling SIMPLE cookbook and the 2020 Guinness World Records.
The former Nationals leader, who has at times been sceptical of human-induced climate change, also purchased a number of books on global warming, including Greta Thunberg’s No One is Too Small to Make a Difference, Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change, and Lucy Bell’s You Can Change the World: The kids’ guide to a better planet.
In addition, Mr Joyce is almost certainly Federal Parliament’s most prolific newspaper subscriber. Between October and December 2019 he subscribed to the main national and city newspapers as well as dozens of others including The Scone Advocate, The Tenterfield Star, The Manilla Express, The Guyra Argus, The Walcha News, The Glen Innes Examiner and Queensland Country Life.
In total, he billed taxpayers $2942.75 for publications between October and December. Mr Joyce told The Sun-Herald many of the books were purchased by his staff and given to schools as prizes. Some titles were specifically requested by the schools.
“The wealthier the school, the crazier the books they ask for,” Mr Joyce said. “Maybe they get some perverse sense of joy requesting books off me that are probably not of my leaning. Likewise when they insist I send them a portrait of the Queen, which I’m obliged to.”