Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce trade blows over Joyce’s affair with a member of his staff
A classic political sex scandal with a distinctly Australian flavour threatens to derail a near century-old coalition of the country’s leading conservative parties.
In one corner is the deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals, Barnaby Joyce, a bush hat-wearing, celebrity dog-deporting, rural politician who’s been busted for having an affair.
The PM was right to say standards must be updated. But he used regressive language that would make any feminist wince
It is impossible to isolate Malcolm Turnbull’s declaration that from now on, ministers are banned from having sex with their staff from everything else that’s swirling around.
The irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between the prime minister and the deputy prime minister and the turmoil that must cause the government.
Malcolm Turnbull responds to ‘shocking error of judgment’ by deputy PM, who had a relationship with a former staffer who is now pregnant
Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, will move to ban sexual relationships between ministers and their staff, in response to a scandal which has engulfed the deputy prime minister and leader of the National party, Barnaby Joyce.
Turnbull announced the ban at the end of a parliamentary week dominated by controversy over Joyce’s relationship with a former staffer, Vikki Campion, which began when Sydney’s Daily Telegraph published a front-page photograph effectively confirming the end of Joyce’s 24-year marriage, and Campion’s pregnancy.
Prime minister announces changes to ministerial standards and says Barnaby Joyce has inflicted ‘terrible hurt and humiliation’ on his wife, children and new partner. Follow developments live
Cathy McGowan, who last week suggested a #bonkban might be needed for parliament house, has put out a statement following the prime minister’s edict:
Indi MP Cathy McGowan says a code of conduct for everyone working at Parliament could still be required #auspol pic.twitter.com/1hEtTBfwNk
Mark Dreyfus is on ABC radio continuing the prosecution of Barnaby Joyce for “misleading” parliament.
Deputy PM’s wife says she feels ‘deceived and hurt’ as MPs condemn tabloid for front-page photo of pregnant Vikki Campion
Natalie Joyce has said she feels “deceived and hurt” by her husband, Australian deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce, for starting an affair with a person who was his employee at the time.
After the Daily Telegraph’s publication of a picture of the visibly pregnant Vikki Campion, Natalie Joyce said in a statement that she was “deeply saddened by the news that my husband has been having an affair and is now having a child with a former staff member”.