Barnabye: Joyce Finally Resigns As Deputy Prime Minister And Nationals Leader

Glen Norman
February 23, 2018

Photo Barnaby Joyce, a populist from rural Australia and a critical member of Parliament's governing coalition, had admitted to an affair with a former staffer, who is now pregnant.

The Nationals leader's chances of clinging to the leadership were dealt another blow late on Thursday when The Daily Telegraph reported a sexual harassment complaint had been lodged against Joyce by a West Australian woman.

"The leadership of the National Party, is a matter for the National Party", Mr Turnbull said.

"I thank Barnaby for his service as deputy prime minister and in his various ministerial roles in which he has been a fierce advocate for rural and regional Australia", Mr Turnbull said in a statement from the United States, where he is on a trade mission. Several of his party members have called for Mr Joyce's resignation.


Mr Joyce said he had been "made indirectly aware" of the allegation and described the claim as "spurious and defamatory".

Mr Joyce, who earlier this week revealed he and Ms Campion have been forced to move out of their rent-free apartment due to privacy concerns, told Fairfax that he was unaware whether he would be facing a leadership challenge when he returns next week, but said he is "never scared of democracy".

"Barnaby Joyce has denied the allegation, but it's being investigated and subject to the outcomes of that investigation, obviously, the appropriate steps would follow", Senator Cormann told reporters in Sydney.

It was Joyce's affair which led Turnbull to announce in February all relationships between ministers and their staff would be banned in the future.


Mr. Joyce, a populist from rural Australia and a crucial member of Parliament's governing coalition, had previously admitted to an affair with a former staffer, who is now pregnant.

"Andrew Broad has expressed these sentiments before", Mr Joyce said.

Mr Joyce held a media conference in the NSW town of Armidale at 11am WA time to announce his decision.

"I need to know as a Member of Parliament that the person who is going to be the acting prime minister has got their mind on the job", said Mr Broad.


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