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Turnbull Implements Ministerial Bonk Ban In Response To Barnaby Joyce Fiasco

15 February 2018

Twitter, however, is having a ball after the ban on sex between ministers and their staff.

Mr Turnbull said Mr Joyce had assured him he had not breached the current rules, though he would have "to consider his own position, obviously".

Mr Turnbull said his deputy had caused "terrible hurt and humiliation" to his estranged wife, Natalie Joyce, their four daughters, and Ms Campion.

"Barnaby has acknowledged his fault, his error, his grief about his conduct", Mr Turnbull said.

"He has set off a world of woe for those women and appalled all of us", Turnbull told reporters.

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Mr Joyce has denied breaching the ministerial code of conduct, which says frontbenchers can not employ close relatives or partners or get them work in other ministerial offices "without the prime minister's express approval".

In a dramatic rebuke of his junior Coalition partner, the PM's changes mean the Nationals leader would have been in breach of the code had the new standards been in place a year ago when his off-and-on affair was underway with his former staffer.

Earlier, the Senate has added insult to injury for Mr Joyce, calling on the embattled deputy prime minister to quit.

The overturning of usual practice when the head of government is absent is a clear indication of the prospect of substantial embarrassment were Mr Joyce to take the job.

So despite facing numerous scandals and calls for his resignation Joyce isn't just staying put, he's going on a paid holiday to hide from further scrutiny. "Probably should have been made a long time ago". But she will also be travelling, which means Senate leader Mathias Cormann will take the position.

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Mr Joyce told Parliament he was not aware his administration had made a $5000 payment to Armidale businessman Greg Maguire, who had given the Nationals leader free accommodation when Mr Joyce's marriage collapsed. "It has been a awful thing for them to go through in the glare of publicity", the Prime Minister said during the press conference.

Joyce's break, while Turnbull travels to Washington to meet US President Donald Trump, comes after an opinion poll showed support for the plain-spoken small-town accountant turned politician had tumbled in his rural electorate.

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

Barnaby has given me - as I said in the House - an unequivocal assurance that he has complied with the ministerial standards and with both the use and reporting of ministerial and other entitlements.

"I accept that and that is the price of a political life", Joyce said in his first speech in Parliament discussing the relationship since the reports surfaced.

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Turnbull Implements Ministerial Bonk Ban In Response To Barnaby Joyce Fiasco