Labor bans all MPs from sexual relationships with their staff

Original article by Latika Bourke
The Age – Page: Online : 12-Nov-20

The conduct of federal MPs has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of an ABC report on the extramarital activities of cabinet ministers Christian Porter and Alan Tudge. Labor leader Anthony Albanese has announced that all of his party’s MPs will be prohibited from having intimate relations with members of their staff. The federal government’s so-called ‘bonk ban’ applies only to ministers rather than backbenchers. It was introduced by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull following a series of indiscretions by Coalition MPs.

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PM backs Joyce to recontest New England

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 6-Jun-18

National Party MP Barnaby Joyce intends to be a candidate for the seat of New England at the next federal election. Opinion within the party is divided regarding Joyce’s future, with some colleagues suggesting that he should consider quitting politics in the wake of his relationship with an ex-staffer. However, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Nationals’ deputy leader Bridget McKenzie say he should stay in politics. Former Nationals leader John Anderson says he will not seek pre-selection for New England.

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Senior Nationals move to oust Joyce from parliament

Original article by Ben Packham, Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 5-Jun-18

Former deputy prime minister John Anderson says Barnaby Joyce should consider resigning from Parliament for the sake of his new son. Anderson adds that he has not contemplated contesting Joyce’s seat of New England, despite being approached to do so by some National Party insiders. Sources within the party have suggested that Anderson would most likely gain pre-selection for the seat in the wake of revelations about Joyce’s relationship with a former staffer. Former prime minister Tony Abbott says Joyce still has a future in federal politics.

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Joyce crisis has tarnished Nats brand, WA says

Original article by Joe Kelly, Victoria Laurie, Andrew Burrell, Andrew Clennell
The Australian – Page: 5 : 21-Feb-18

National Party leader Barnaby Joyce has lost the support of the party’s Western Australian division, which has stated that his position is no longer tenable in the wake of his affair with an ex-staffer. Some Nationals MPs believe that it would be in the best interests of the party for Joyce to resign voluntarily rather than being forced to step down, warning that he could damage the Coalition politically from the backbench. Meanwhile, the Liberal-National Party of Queensland’s president Gary Spence has urged a swift resolution to the crisis.

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Joyce loses support of party bosses

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 20-Feb-18

The future of National Party leader Barnaby Joyce remains in doubt amid growing calls from within the party for him to stand down and retire to the backbench in the wake of his affair with a former staffer. The party’s federal executive discussed the Joyce situation via a conference call on 19 February, although they did not make a decision on his future. Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael McCormack, who is seen as the leading contender to replace Joyce, has told Sky News that Joyce will remain leader while he retains the support of the party room. However, he downplayed suggestions of a leadership challenge.

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Joyce humiliated as PM imposes sex ban

Original article by Joe Kelly, Geoff Chambers, Dennis Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 16-Feb-18

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has responded to the growing crisis over Barnaby Joyce’s extra-marital affair by announcing that it is not acceptable for a government minister to have sexual relations with a staffer. The ban was imposed after the issue was discussed by the Coalition’s leadership group. Turnbull has also urged Joyce to consider his position, but some Nationals MPs say the party’s leadership issue is solely a matter for the Nationals. Joyce will take personal leave during Turnbull’s upcoming visit to the US, and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will be acting prime minister in his absence.

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Saving private Barnaby: rescue mission heads off leadership crisis . . . for now

Original article by Joe Kelly, Dennis Shanahan, Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 15-Feb-18

National Party leader Barnaby Joyce was the Opposition’s main target during question time in parliament on 14 February. The Joyce saga is also expected to attract scrutiny by Labor in upcoming Senate estimates hearings. Meanwhile, Joyce will not face any threat to his leadership in the near-term after senior members of the Nationals stepped in to quell unrest within the party’s ranks over the deputy prime minister’s shenanigans. However, some Nationals MP say his position will be untenable if further revelations emerge.

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Joyce’s hold on power at risk: Nat

Original article by Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 12-Feb-18

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg says National Party leader Barnaby Joyce still has strong support within the Coalition and will lead the Nationals to the next federal election. However, there is growing concern within the National Party about a voter backlash over Joyce’s affair with a former staff, particularly among rural voters. The Government’s decision to move Joyce’s lover to a series of well-paid civil service positions has also attracted scrutiny.

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Seven probe set to clear Worner as director quits

Original article by Mitchell Bingemann
The Australian – Page: 1 & 7 : 3-Feb-17

Law firm Allens has completed its investigation into the allegations against Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner made by former employee Amber Harrison. The Allens report is expected to exonerate Worner, who has admitted that he had a sexual relationship with Harrison. Meanwhile, Sheila McGregor has resigned from the board of Seven West Media. It is believed that she had concerns about the way the company has handled the Harrison scandal.

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