The questions Barnaby Joyce faces-NewsCO

February 15, 2018

The timeline

– Media adviser Vikki Campion begins working in Barnaby Joyce’s office in August 2016.

– She shifts to Matt Canavan’s office in April 2017.

– Campion returns to Joyce’s office for several weeks when Canavan is forced to step down in July.

– Campion moves to Nationals whip Damian Drum’s office in August 2017, before going on stress leave.

– Joyce reveals in parliament in December he is separated from his wife of 24 years, Natalie.

– Campion is due to give birth to Joyce’s child in April.

The questions


– The ministerial code of conduct says frontbenchers cannot employ close relatives or partners or get them work in other ministerial offices “without the prime minister’s express approval”.

– Joyce says Campion was not his “partner” when she worked in his or Canavan’s ministerial offices.

– They were partners when she moved to Drum’s office, but Drum was not a minister.

– Campion provided media advice to Joyce, despite her working in other offices.


– Labor wants to see details of the taxpayer-funded flights Joyce and Campion took in 2017 to ensure there was no breach of the rules.


– Joyce and Campion live rent-free in an Armidale town house.

– Joyce says businessman Greg Maguire called him and offered a place to stay rent-free, while media reports suggest Joyce made first contact.

– Ministerial standards say ministers “must not seek or encourage any form of gift in their personal capacity”.

– Joyce says the townhouse was provided when he was not an MP or minister.


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

– Joyce was unaware of the payment.

– His office said the money was spent in line with departmental procurement guide lines.

The fallout

– Joyce will go on leave from February 19 to 25 and will not be acting prime minister next week when Malcolm Turnbull is away.

– Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Joyce must consider his position.

– Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie has “rolled gold” guaranteed Joyce will see out the week as leader.

– Labor leader Bill Shorten says Joyce’s position is untenable, especially over the townhouse.

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