Thursday, 15 February 2018

Australia deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce takes leave over scandal

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will take a leave of absence following politically damaging debate over his affair with a former staffer.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament that Mr Joyce would not fill his post as acting leader next week. Mr Turnbull is due to travel to the US.

Mr Joyce has faced questions over whether he followed ministerial rules.

The scandal has gripped Australian politics since last week.

Mr Joyce's relationship with his former media adviser, Vikki Campion, was revealed publicly last Wednesday.
He has denied that he breached a ministerial code of conduct over two unadvertised jobs within his party that were offered to Ms Campion last year.

Mr Turnbull said Mr Joyce would be on leave for a week from Monday. The high-profile conservative had only returned to parliament in December after briefly losing his job over his New Zealand dual citizenship.

BBC     News.

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