Barnaby Joyce dumped as acting prime minister next week

Barnaby Joyce dumped as acting prime minister next week

Mr. Joyce will also no longer serve as acting prime minister during Mr. Turnbull's White House visit next week, a decision critics said suggested the prime minister had lost confidence in him.

Turnbull made the announcement on Thursday at a press conference in Canberra as he criticised his deputy, Barnaby Joyce, for bringing humiliation upon his wife and four daughters.

"Barnaby knows he made that shocking error of judgement".

Announcing he was changing ministerial standards to ban ministers from having sexual relations with their staff, a solemn Mr Turnbull conceded if Mr Joyce had done "what he did previous year tomorrow or today he would be in breach of the code".

Mr Joyce 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".

"That is the standard I am setting as Prime Minister of Australia today".

It marks a further fall from grace for Mr Joyce, who was due to take over the Acting Prime Minister position next week when Mr Turnbull meets with Donald Trump in Washington.

Turnbull also denied an opposition suggestion that he had advised Joyce to resign.

He said the changes take effect "as of today" and that Joyce will "have to consider his own position" as leader of the National Party.

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Joyce's appointment as acting PM has been a subject of concern in Parliament after questions surrounding whether Joyce had followed the code of ministerial conduct were raised in regards to Campion's employment.

He has denied that he breached a ministerial code of conduct over two unadvertised jobs within his party that were offered to Ms Campion past year.

"It was at that time that Mr Maguire approached me, as did many other friends.to offer support", Mr Joyce said.

"Doesn't the prime minister's announcement just before Question Time about the arrangements of who will be acting prime minister confirm that the deputy prime minister can not do his job?" asked / shouted Bill Shorten during Question Time. "Or are we simply meant to believe it's all a big coincidence?".

Momentum for a fresh coup early in the week died down as Nationals MPs came out one by one arguing that Joyce deserves more time to rebuild credibility.

- Ministerial standards say ministers "must not seek or encourage any form of gift in their personal capacity".

Liberals are furious with Mr Joyce over his marital infidelities, and the questions over whether he breached the ministerial code of conduct when redeploying Ms Campion to the office of senator Matt Canavan, and MP Damian Drum.

- Joyce's department spent $5000 on meals and drinks for a March 2016 function he attended at Maguire's Quality Hotel Powerhouse in Armidale.

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