'Hurt' Barnaby Joyce calls marriage breakdown his 'greatest failure'

Barnaby has a tough job to politically survive this

According to the Daily Telegraph, Joyce started a relationship with a former employee and she is now pregnant.

In typical Queen Sales fashion, the veteran journalist was straight to business but managed to keep her line of questioning in line with what she believed was of value to the wider public.

In an interview with Leigh Sales, Joyce defended his right to have a private life, and looked visibly uncomfortable as he was challenged on the issues surrounding his marriage breakdown and new relationship.

When the relationship with Ms Campion emerged a year ago, a senior adviser to Mr Joyce transferred the media adviser to the office of then resources minister Matt Canavan. "We've made sure private matters remain private".

"Once we start going through this salami slicing of private life, where does it end?".

"I think you have to make a distinct decision to not turn Australia into the United States of America".

In October the high court ruled Joyce was ineligible to sit in parliament because he was a dual New Zealand citizen, one nine politicians thus far to resign or be forced out by a rigid but until recently little-enforced constitutional disqualification.

"I'm not going to go into all the iterations of a private relationship, and there's nothing beyond the consensual".

"I am not for one minute saying that that is an admirable trait. It's obviously incredible painful for everyone involved", he responded.

"I think it's a great pity that this has happened to Barnaby Joyce and his family and it must be very traumatising for everyone, made much worse by being publicised on the front page of the newspapers", he said.

"Just because my marriage didn't work out, doesn't mean I disregard what marriages are about".

On social media there's been some commentary that during the same-sex marriage debate you spoke in favour of traditional families at the same time you were moving on from your own relationship with a staffer, what's your response to critics who say you are a hypocrite?

Another guest put it more directly: "If you didn't know they were an item before the lunch you did by the end".

And I don't think any of us can be in a position to judge unless we ourselves have an unblemished record.

Barnaby with his Daughter's, Bridgette, 20, Julia, 19, Caroline, 17, and Odette, 15.

As well as one baby on the way with ex-staff member Vikki Champion, Barnaby has four daughters.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who revealed in parliament last year that his 24-year marriage had broken down, is expecting a baby with a former member of his staff.

Bridgette, 20, Julia, 19, Caroline, 17, and Odette, 15.

Mr Joyce's wife Natalie has not been seen publicly with the Deputy Prime Minister since the Canberra Press Gallery Mid-Winter Ball in June previous year.



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