Barnaby Joyce Steps Down

IT'S ON Hinkler MP Keith Pitt inset left and Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien inset right have spoken out about embattled Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce as a challenge looms for the Nationals leadership
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24 February, 2018

"This current cacophony of issues has to be put aside, and I think it's my responsibility to do my bit to make sure that happens", Mr. Joyce said at the news conference.

Australia's deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce stated on Friday that he will resign as party leader.

"The Nationals can not be allowed, by virtue of a secret coalition agreement, to 100 per cent decide who the deputy prime minister is", Mr Shorten said.

Little-known outside Australia, Joyce made worldwide headlines in 2015 when he deported two dogs brought into Australia by USA actor Johnny Depp without the proper paperwork, a row that became known as the "War on Terrier".

"This has got to stop, it's not fair on them, it's just completely and utterly unwarranted". Joyce said he had every intention of contesting the next federal election and remaining as the member for New England. "I believe they were in many instances inept".

NSW MP David Gillespie confirmed on Friday to Radio 2GB he will also be a candidate for leader, while Queensland MP David Littleproud, who was controversially promoted to cabinet by Mr Joyce ahead of Mr Chester just over two ago, has also been discussed for leadership positions.

Turnbull said the coalition between the Liberals and the Nationals is "undiminished" despite Joyce's resignation.

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The scandal fractured the ruling conservative government, with Mr Joyce publicly criticising the Prime Minister for "causing further harm" through comments about his affair.

Australian Twitter users have been making fun of Barnaby Joyce, particularly his role in the "War On Terrier", after he announced he will resign as the country's deputy prime minister.

Joyce also said that he will carry on as a member of parliament, moving to the back bench. So "I'll have other things on my mind".

Mr Joyce has been in the spotlight following revelations of his affair with his former adviser and now pregnant lover Vikki Campion and allegations he created a number of high-paying jobs for her.

A clearly embittered Joyce said that he wanted the claims of sexual harassment to be referred to the police so he could defend himself, but added that "it's quite evident that you can't go to the dispatch box while issues like that are outstanding".

Joyce was re-elected in a by-election for his constituency seat after stepping down and renouncing his citizenship of New Zealand. He has always lead from the front and his colleagues and our party membership always knew who he was fighting for in Canberra.

The affair had brought an apparent rift between Turnbull and Joyce. He said John McVeigh would take on Joyce's infrastructure and transport portfolio until the Nationals elect a new leader.


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