Malcolm Turnbull is under pressure from Labor. Source: Getty.
Labor has called on Malcolm Turnbull to reassure the public that “nothing untoward” went on behind the job movements of Barnaby Joyce’s former staffer and alleged mistress.
The prime minister spoke out just days ago to share his support for Joyce’s “distressed” ex wife Natalie and their children, after it was claimed he is expecting a child with a former staffer Vikki Campion, 33.
According to the Daily Telegraph, a position was created for Campion in Drum’s office after she lost her senior advisor role in Senator Canavan’s office. She was made a senior media advisor, despite Drum reportedly already having one.
According to parliamentary rules, any changes or increases in staffing allocations must be approved by the prime minister’s office.
It comes after Turnbull offered his support to Joyce’s ex wife, and said he’s “very conscious of the distress” the ordeal has caused her.
“These private matters are always very distressing for those involved, I don’t want to add to the public discussion about it,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra, outside Parliament House. “I am very conscious of the distress this causes to others in particular to Natalie Joyce and her and Barnaby’s daughters.”
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According to The Australian, he then added: “It is a tough and distressing episode and I am very conscious of the hurt occasioned to Natalie and their daughters in particular so that is why I don’t want to contribute to the discussion about it.”