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Barnaby Joyce’s ‘error’ sparks changes to ministerial code of conduct

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made changes to the ministerial code of conduct following Barnaby Joyce’s “error of judgement”.

This afternoon Mr Turnbull says the Deputy Prime Minister has made a “shocking error” and changes to ministerial standards will be made.

“Barnaby knows he made that shocking error of judgement. He knows he let down his wife and daughters and he has apologised for that.

“And there’s been a lot of discussion about the ministerial code of conduct.

“The truth is that it is deficient. It’s truly deficient.

“Ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with their staff.

“Today in 2018, it is not acceptable for a minister to have a sexual relationship with someone who works for them.”

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Host of 2GB’s Friday Feedback and former chief of staff to Malcolm Turnbull, Chris Kenny, speaks to Ross Greenwood.

“It’s an absolute shambles and the person responsible for putting the government in this shambles is obviously Barnaby Joyce.

“Obviously Barnaby Joyce should have stepped aside because he’s created now such an embarrassment for his own government and importantly for his own Prime Minister.”

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Former chief of staff to John Howard, Graeme Morris, also weighs in on the issue, telling Ross times have changed.

“Given the current myth, the Prime Minister is quite entitled to say to his troops it is very, very wrong nowadays…now it is unacceptable for a minister to have a relationship with a young staffer.

“It looks as if Barnaby is sort of going to do the right thing.”

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Early today it was announced Mr Joyce won’t be acting prime minister next week whilst Mr Turnbull is in the US.

Mr Joyce will take leave from Monday for a week and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will be acting PM.

Macquarie National News