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Barnaby Joyce Will NOT Be Acting PM While Turnbull Is Overseas

Barnaby Joyce Will NOT Be Acting PM While Turnbull Is Overseas

Last week, Turnbull talked down the prospect of Australia following the U.S. House of Representatives' lead by banning lawmakers from having sex with staff, saying legislators were entitled to private lives.

Barnaby Joyce made a shocking error of judgment that had brought about a world of woe for his wife and daughters, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said in a gob-smacking press conference in which he addressed the deputy prime minister's extramarital affair.

"In doing so, he has set off a world of woe".

Ms. McGowan said Thursday that although she welcomed the prime minister's announcement, the government should consider a code of conduct for all those who work in Parliament.

"I have today added to the standards the very clear and unequivocal provision that ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with a staff member", Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

Ms Campion, 33, worked as Mr Joyce's media advisor before she moved into a more senior role with Resources Minister Matt Canavan in April previous year.

However, both Mr Joyce and Mr Turnbull maintain that Ms Campion was not the deputy prime minister's partner at the time.

Joyce's explanations regarding Campion's staffing jobs have been pretty weak, and he's facing fresh scrutiny over his relationship with the businessman who is currently paying his rent for him in the Armidale house he now shares with Campion.




Labor senator Kimberley Kitching on Wednesday tabled a notice of motion calling for the details of Mr Joyce and Ms Campion's "special objective travel" and any global flights.

'The #bonkban is all about making it look like the affair is what Barnaby Joyce did wrong.

He made a public apology to them on Tuesday and defended the two jobs, one for a minister, that Campion was given after she stopped working for him previous year.

He went on to explain how Mr Joyce's upcoming leave would allow him time to prepare for the birth of the child he is expecting with Ms Campion, which is due in less than two months. The ministerial code of conduct bans ministers from employing their "partner".

Mathias Cormann will be acting PM.

"The truth is as we know, is most of the ministers, most of the bosses in this building if you like, are men and there is a gender, a real gender perspective here", he said.

The saga has made front-page headlines in Australia for days and is an unwanted distraction for MrTurnbull, who is seeking to give renewed momentum to his Liberal-National government that's trailing in opinion polls.

Mr Joyce was due to step in as acting prime minister while Mr Turnbull is on his trip to the United States, in line with usual convention.


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