Barnaby Joyce breaks silence on relationship with former staffer

The rule would restrict office relationships

The rule would restrict office relationships

On yesterday's nationally syndicated radio program, Hughesy and Kate, breaking news of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's extramarital affair and subsequent child with former staffer Vikki Campion became the topic of conversation, which lead Langbroek on a scathing tirade, describing the situation as "horrible".

"It's awful, it's disgusting, it's terrible", Langbroek said of the situation, where Joyce's estranged wife alleged the affair took place when Ms Campion was a paid member of staff.

On Thursday, independent MP Cathy McGowan said Washington had set a precedent worth considering, and she would begin a consultation to bring about similar measures in Canberra.

"There is a belief the Parliament is behind community expectations and corporate practice", McGowan said in a statement this afternoon.

"Good workplace practice includes clear expectations about behaviour", says McGowan.

"Naturally we also feel deceived and hurt by the actions of Barnaby and the staff member involved".

Aussie Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and former staffer Vikki Campion are having a baby
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"There are examples set by the process undertaken by the United States Congress and in the Australian corporate sector, including the action of the AFL in July past year regarding relationships in the workplace", McGowan said.

McGowan has called for a conversation about power dynamics ahead of "potentially tabling a motion in Parliament" in the next month calling for a ban on sexual relationships in the workplace.

She was backed by fellow crossbencher Bob Katter, who stopped short of endorsing a ban but told Sky News: "I support the spirit of it most certainly and I think maybe I'll vote for it. You're in such an enormously influential position with staff". Attorney-General Christian Porter said a measure similar to that passed by the US House of Representatives "would be a very unwieldy law in general terms".

"As much as I can I will keep private matters private".

During Wednesday night's interview, he admitted the end of his marriage was "one of the greatest failures" of his life.

Ms Campion, 33, worked as Mr Joyce's media advisor before she moved into a more senior role with Resources Minister Matt Canavan in April previous year.

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