Joyce's accuser is former West Australian Rural Woman of the Year

25 February, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Jason Torres
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"He has to consider his own position obviously".

Many felt that the requests were contrary to Joyce's pubic statements in support of the marriage postal survey which was seen as a national debate on LGBTI families. "He has made a very grave error of judgement, in an area that traditionally, I suppose, has been regarded as private and personal, and you can understand the reasons for that".

Joyce's resignation will potentially heal the rift between the Liberal and National parties, a political alliance that has existed for almost 100 years.

"The idea that for Vikki, walking across the road as a pregnant lady and just being put under so much pressure, I thought that is not who we are in Australia", he said. They caused further harm.

Joyce called the claim "spurious and defamatory" and said he wanted it investigated by the authorities.

Mr Turnbull will likely welcome the resignation, as the scandal involving his deputy has been a political distraction and dominated media headlines for weeks. "The leadership of the National Party is a matter for the National Party and I've been at great pains to stress that I have not, nor has my party, sought to influence in any way the deliberations of the National Party, any more than I'd expect the National Party to seek to influence deliberations of the Liberal Party".

The leader of the Nationals has however vowed to continue his fight for the people.

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Whoever Nationals politicians choose as their new leader on Monday will become deputy prime minister.

Mr Joyce, who lives in north-west New South Wales and wears a cowboy hat, is perhaps best-known internationally for his threat in 2015 to kill Pistol and Boo, the pet dogs of actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. WA leader Mia Davies said Joyce's leadership was no longer tenable.

Mr Joyce will remain in parliament and has signalled that he still harbours political aspirations.

This file photo taken on July 5, 2016 shows Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (L) looking at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (R) during a press conference in Sydney.

Ministers' relatives and partners are not allowed to be appointed to executive government offices without approval from the prime minister, but Joyce battled the calls for his resignation by claiming Campion was not technically his partner at the time she was appointed to the various roles.

Joyce's decision came after a falling-out with Turnbull, who is in the USA for meetings with President Donald Trump and who declined to leave him in charge while he is out of the country. Whoever the Nationals choose to lead them also becomes the nation's deputy leader.

Sitting at number one is Michael McCormack at $1.44, but Mr Hogan said he speculates new comer David Littleproud may also join the race.

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