Barnaby Joyce quits as Australian deputy prime minister and National party leader

Feb 24, 2018, 07:05
Barnaby Joyce quits as Australian deputy prime minister and National party leader

Last year, Mr Joyce was ensnared in Canberra's dual nationality saga, and was forced out of parliament after it was revealed he had breached the constitution by not renouncing his New Zealand citizenship - which he had inherited through his father. "I never tried to be anything else".

Former prime minister Tony Abbott said Mr Joyce could have better handled his personal issues but "part of the problem has been poor management at the most senior levels of government". 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.

Mr Joyce finally admitted to the affair with Ms Campion earlier this month but initially refused to resign, insisting that "private matters remain private".

Twitter users were left baffled by a curious term Mr Joyce - who was briefly evicted from office past year over a dual citizenship eligibility saga - used in his resignation speech.

Joyce told reporters he had requested the latest allegation against him be referred to the police.

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Ministers' relatives and partners are not allowed to be appointed to executive government offices without approval from the prime minister, but Joyce battled the calls for his resignation by claiming Campion was not technically his partner at the time she was appointed to the various roles.

As political pressure mounted, however, Turnbull's news conference on Thursday changed the tone entirely - threatening a split between his Liberal Party and Joyce's National Party that potentially has far-reaching implications.

He has been on leave, after revelations that he is expecting a child with his former media adviser.

Mr Anthony said he had "no further comment".

"As I said in my inaugural speech to Parliament in 2010: "I promise not to be silent when I ought to speak". So I said to the boss: "Looks like we're going to Gympie".

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He did not mention the prime minister and made it clear that he had not called Mr Turnbull before the announcement, the message was relayed through the acting prime minister, Mathias Corman.

The three men in line to replace Barnaby Joyce as Nationals leader include a gastroenterologist, a journalist and a rising star from the agriculture industry.

Nationals WA leader Mia Davies said she contacted Mr Joyce to tell him he was causing "ongoing damage" to the party and his position as Federal Leader was "no longer tenable" on Tuesday.

Joyce, whose National Party rules alongside the Liberals of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, announced he would officially step down on Monday.

He has held various ministerial portfolios, including agriculture, infrastructure, transport, and resources and northern Australia.

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