Barnaby Joyce pulls out of Q&A; appearance
FEDERAL Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has pulled out of an appearance on the ABC's Q&A program after the Prime Minister ordered frontbenchers boycott the show, a spokesman says.
Mr Joyce was scheduled to appear on the program tonight but notified the show's producers late yesterday that he would not be appearing.
A spokesman for Mr Joyce said he pulled out of the program after Tony Abbott decided no frontbencher would be allowed to take part.
Q&A was embroiled in controversy after a program last month included Sydney man Zaky Mallah in the live audience and allowed him to ask a question.
Previously, Mr Mallah pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a Commonwealth official.
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