Joyce says PM's criticism is "inept" and "unnecessary"

Randolph Lopez
February 16, 2018

As he spoke to reporters, Mr Turnbull's furious hand scrawled notes could clearly be seen suggesting his barbs at Barnaby had only be finalised minutes before he faced the press. "Barnaby made a shocking error of judgement in having an affair with a young woman working in his office", he said.

When some Australian members of Parliament floated such a plan after the initial Joyce revelations, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop commented, "the Government has no business interfering into people's personal lives and we wouldn't want to cross the line" ― but by Thursday, Turnbull had seemingly come around to the concept when he said he would add new lines to the ministerial standards.

TV cameras revealed the Prime Minister was reading from handwritten notes, suggesting the harsh words for his deputy were heartfelt.

Mr Joyce's office released a statement saying he was going on leave to support his family and partner "after such intense public focus on personal matters".

Mr Turnbull denounced the affair at a press conference in Canberra after a week in which the scandal threw his centre-right government into turmoil and strained the alliance between his Liberal Party and Mr Joyce's National Party.

The week off comes after an opinion poll showed support for Mr Joyce, a plain-spoken small-town accountant turned politician, had tumbled in his rural electorate.

Mallee MP Andrew Broad made light of the sex ban, reported Fairfax.

"It's been an extraordinarily hard time for the ... party and clearly for Barnaby Joyce and his family and for the government", Anthony told reporters. Joyce denied asking for the townhouse.

Ms Campion was already pregnant with Mr Joyce's baby at the time.

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Opposition parties called on him to resign.

In early November the prime ministerial adulation also appeared.

"In regards to the National Party, there is nothing that we dislike more than implied intervention into the party processes of the National Party". They are our coalition partners.

The Turnbull Joyce bromance is dead.

Joyce's relationship with Campion prompted a rewrite of the ministerial code of conduct, which covers the behaviour of senior government MPs, to include a clause banning sexual relations between ministers and their staff.

"Comments by the Prime Minister yesterday at his press conference ..."

"I am not here to moralise".

"In 2018, it is not acceptable for a minister to have a sexual relationship with somebody who works for them".

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