Turnbull asked to explain Barnaby Joyce girlfriend jobs

A POLITICAL analyst has predicted that embattled Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s “career is over”

Malcolm Turnbull says neither he nor his office had any role in creating a job for Barnaby Joyce's now-partner.

'It is a tough and distressing episode and I am very conscious - Lucy and I are very conscious - of the hurt occasioned to Natalie and their daughters in particular, ' Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Joyce is now living with Ms Campion in Armidale, New South Wales.

On Monday a spokesman for Turnbull said Joyce had not breached the code because Campion was not the deputy prime minister's partner at the time of the staff appointments.

Ahead of the Nationals party meeting, the deputy prime minister's New South Wales Nationals colleague John Williams said he did not know if Joyce would lead the party to the next election.

When Mr Cassidy was asked if there were any more "revelations" involving the Deputy Prime Minister yet to surface, the conversation turned awkward.

'I don't know, you don't know, the ins and outs of what arrangements have been struck.

It is believed that Ms Campion is pregnant with Barnaby's first son, after it was revealed that he had split from his wife of 24-years with whom he shares four daughters.

The pair were also revealed to be living together rent-free in an Armidale townhouse gifted by the deputy prime minister's multi-millionaire friend.

'My understanding is they tried to talk him out of it, because they could not see the point of him going on to say it was a private matter, ' she said.

Natalie Joyce and husband Barnaby prior to their marriage breakdown. Vikki Campion is now pregnant with the Deputy Prime Minister’s child
Turnbull asked to explain Barnaby Joyce girlfriend jobs

Barnaby Joyce with his wife Natalie in June 2017.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Bill Shorten said it would be "wise" for Mr Turnbull to reassure the public that "nothing untoward" occurred during Ms Campion's job movements.

Campion is now pregnant, and had been involved with Joyce since past year.

Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting any wrongdoing on behalf of Mr Joyce, Ms Campion or Mr Maguire.

He said the government needed to clarify the situation.

Mr Joyce received some sympathy from former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Ms Campion reportedly retained the six-figure salary she was earning while working for Senator Canavan.

'I think it is time for Malcolm Turnbull to give a proper statement about what's happened there, ' Labor finance spokesman Jim Chalmers said on Saturday, according to Sydney Morning Herald.

'Our family has had to be shared during Barnaby's political career and it was with trust that we let campaign and office staff into our home and into our lives.

Photos obtained by Daily Mail Australia show the pair looking happy together nearly a year before Mr Joyce's marriage break up and affair was revealed.

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