A week ago, we informed you about an extra-marital affair of the political number two in Australia, Prime Minister’s Turnbull’s deputy PM, Mr. Joyce, had been caught with his ‘hands in the cookie jar’ after a relationship with one of his staffers surfaced.
As we said at the time, the whole of Australia was watching on a daily basis as to what would happen to Mr. Joyce and now we finally have our answer. Given the continued commotion and the damage this has done to the ruling political party in Australia, Mr. Joyce decided to ‘step down’.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce Finally Learns How To Pull Out: <a href="https://t.co/qsSEtqIzzs">https://t.co/qsSEtqIzzs</a> <a href="https://t.co/VrefMxmTMn">pic.twitter.com/VrefMxmTMn</a></p>— The Betoota Advocate (@BetootaAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/BetootaAdvocate/status/966874939205632001?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 23, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Commenters on social media were quick to point out that Mr. Barnaby Joyce was, in essence, recognizing ‘that what started as a personal matter, quickly became a distraction.’
At an improvised news conference, Mr. Joyce said: “I’ve acknowledged that in many areas, I’m rough around the edges.”
“I never tried to be anything else.”
He had previously admitted to an affair with a former staffer, Ms. Campion (see our earlier story) who is currently pregnant with his child.
Though Australian media was at first reluctant to report on the relationship with the woman, Ms. Vikki Campion, all that changed when it was discovered that the couple were going on taxpayer-funded trips and were living rent-free in an apartment paid for with tax money.