Turnbull says Joyce made "the right decision" by quitting

24 February, 2018, 07:04 | Author: Nora May
  • Nationals MP Andrew Broad has publicly called on Barnaby Joyce to resign as party leader

The favourite to replace Joyce as leader is Michael McCormack, a junior minister from New South Wales.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is reportedly preparing to quit, following two weeks of pressure after his affair with a former staffer.

"These are matters for the leadership of the National Party", Mr Turnbull eventually answered. "I never tried to be anything else".

Mr Turnbull, speaking to reporters outside the front gates of the White House on Friday morning (AEDT), could not avoid questions about Mr Joyce despite being half a world away from Canberra. The Australian news media was reluctant to report on the relationship with the woman, Vikki Campion, until it was discovered that the couple were living rent-free in an apartment donated by a supporter.

"The Nationals brand across regional Western Australia has suffered as a result of Mr Joyce's actions and he has become a distraction at both federal and state level".

Mr Joyce has fended off many incursions and even took a Liberal seat last election.

Mr Joyce will remain in Parliament as a backbencher.

"I don't believe any of them have been sustained", he said.

"All that's going to do is basically pull the scab off for everybody to have a look at", Joyce had told reporters.

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In October previous year, the High Court ruled that dual nationals could not hold elected office, forcing several members of the governing coalition who unknowingly held New Zealander nationality to stand down, including Joyce.

Mr Pitt said his priority was working for his constituents "on announcements and policy, like the cashless debit card, which I've been working tirelessly on to help the vulnerable children in our community". He and estranged wife Natalie Abberfield announced their separation in December. "I'll have other things on my mind", he said.

The revelation had Turnbull ordering a new ban on ministers from having sexual relations with their staff. Joyce was adamant he did not broke any rules and had refused to resign.

He said Ms Campion "came to work for me for a specific job that we needed".

"[It has been an] incredible privilege, that I'm so humbled by, to have been the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia", he said.

The son of sheep and dairy farmers, Joyce has led the coalition's rural-based partner the Nationals for two years.

Earlier this week, the WA Nationals called Mr Joyce's leadership position "untenable", while MPs Andrew Gee and Andrew Broad called on the Deputy PM to resign.

Cabinet minister Matt Canavan described Joyce as a mate who had helped save the coalition Government from a first-term defeat.

An avalanche of unfavourable yarns about the New England MP have made things very tough for him the past few days, so he chose to hang up his Deputy Prime Minister hat (but not his trusty Akubra, obviously).



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