Joyce Flatly Denies Suggestion That Affair Makes Him A Hypocrite About Marriage

Barnaby has a tough job to politically survive this

Barnaby has a tough job to politically survive this

"(They are not thinking) "I wish the Daily Telegraph had suppressed the information that the deputy prime minister had left his wife and four daughters for his former staff member almost 20 years his junior".

Mr Joyce, who has since renounced his New Zealand citizenship, comfortably won the New England by-election on December 2, and resumed his cabinet posts the same day.

Mr Joyce is in a relationship with Ms Campion, his former media advisor, and has fallen "madly in love", according to The Daily Telegraph.

Speaking with The Weekend Australian Magazine with his wife a year ago, Mr Joyce revealed how he barely spent any time at home with his family since getting into politics.

Ms Hallam took two important steps: She sent Mr Joyce to the office of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reveal the romance and Ms Campion was moved to the office of then Resources Minister Matt Canavan in late 2016.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce often portrayed himself as a pillar of traditional family values.

"The Labor Party has made no public statement about Mr Joyce's personal situation for the last six months - despite the fact it has been well known in this building - and we are not about to start today", Mr Bowen said.

Australian Deputy PM Joyce talked about his marriage on ABC's 730 program.

Mr Joyce said there was no evidence that he had used taxpayer dollars for trips to conduct a relationship with the staffer.

"Just because my relationship didn't work, it doesn't mean I changed what I think".

"So it's a private matter and I don't think it helps me, I don't think it helps my family, I don't think it helps anybody in the future to start making this a public discussion". On that instance I failed, OK.

But others are questioning whether Joyce, a devoted Catholic, has been hypocritical in his opposition to allowing same-sex couples to marry while also carrying on an affair.

The deputy prime minister's threat to put down Johnny Depp's dogs pales in comparison to the public controversy he is now facing over an affair with his pregnant press secretary.

"I'll say up front that one of the greatest failures in my life was the end of my marriage". "In the end they give up on you".

And Rachel Baker said: 'I don't care that Barnaby Joyce had an affair. "I don't think it would be right for any other politician", he said.

Our family life has had to be shared during Barnaby's political career and it was with trust that we let campaign and office staff into our homes and into our lives.

In an interview with The Weekend Australian Magazine past year, his wife told the story of how the pair met.

She added: "Naturally we feel deceived and hurt by the actions of Barnaby and the staff member involved".

He did, however, briefly acknowledge during the debate on the legislation that he had separated from his wife, the first public utterance of his marital issues.

Sharri Markson is the National Political Editor of the Daily Telegraph who broke the story.

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