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Barnaby Joyce to take personal leave

Barnaby Joyce to take personal leave

Opposition lawmaker Mark Dreyfus said a ministerial code of conduct stated that ministers "must not seek or encourage any form of gift in their personal capacity" and must act with regard for integrity, fairness, accountability, responsibility, and the public interest.

Since news of the impending birth broke last week, Turnbull has supported Joyce and declined to comment on his personal circumstances out of respect for his estranged wife of 24 years and children.

"In having an affair with a young woman working in his office".

He has set off a world of woe for those women and appalled all of us.

"I don't care if they are married or single, they must not have sexual relations with staff", he said.

Changes introduced by Mr Turnbull include banning sexual relations with staff.

The Prime Minister said Mr Joyce had given him an unequivocal assurance he had not breached the current ministerial standards.

Mr Turnbull earlier told parliament that Mr Joyce would not fill his post as acting leader next week when the prime minister travels to the US.

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Because the Foreign Minister and Liberal Party deputy leader Julie Bishop will also be overseas, the leader of the government in the Senate Mathias Cormann will assume the Acting PM role.

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.

The ALP formally put forward a motion in the Senate on Thursday, calling for Joyce's resignation.

Problems have been piling up for Barnaby Joyce since his relationship with former staffer Vikki Campion was exposed. "It has been a awful thing for them to go through in the glare of publicity", the Prime Minister said during the press conference.

And Labor has demanded to see the details of taxpayer-funded flights Mr Joyce and Ms Campion took in 2017 - setting a deadline of 5pm Thursday for the release of documents.

Barnaby Joyce has been under huge pressure over an affair with a younger former staffer, who is now pregnant with their child, and allegations that he breached ministerial rules. Questioned by reporters, Turnbull added that he did not believe that Joyce had breached the code by asking for free rent from a millionaire friend with whom the pollie had been staying after his marriage split. Though he has spent much of the past week offering remorse to his family, he has denied ministerial misconduct and refused to resign.

If the Deputy Prime Minister needs to hide every time the PM is busy, what's the point of him being the Deputy Prime Minister?

ALP Leader Bill Shorten questioned whether Joyce taking leave means he is incapable of doing his job.


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