Barnaby Joyce reveals he's expecting a baby with former staff member

  • Barnaby Joyce reveals he's expecting a baby with former staff member

Barnaby Joyce reveals he's expecting a baby with former staff member

"The current definition of marriage has stood the test of time - half of them fail, I acknowledge that", Mr Joyce said at the time.

"Clearly they thought her presence would be a problem, so she (Ms Hallam) made a decision", said a source familiar with the situation.

'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.

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

The pregnancy rumours have been swirling in Canberra since past year, when Mr Joyce was forced to re-run for his New England seat in a fierce by-election, after documents revealed he was a dual New Zealand citizen.

Vikki Campion, 33, who is believed to have left her role as Mr Joyce's media adviser in April previous year, is reportedly expecting to give birth in a few months. The baby is due sometime around April, at the same time that Joyce turns 51.

He is separated from his wife of 24 years Natalie, the mother of their four daughters.

"Once we start going through this salami slicing of a private life, where does it end?" he added.

"It's something I view as none of my business", Labor frontbencher Tony Burke told reporters in Canberra. "There's a principle here that I've always abided by to not engage in anything that hits the private lives of other members of parliament".

"I have plenty of criticisms of Barnaby Joyce".

The critical matter of this period was the performance by Mr Joyce as Agriculture Minister, a post he dropped in the December reshuffle, preferring transport and infrastructure.

The Daily Telegraph splashed a photo of the heavily pregnant woman on the front page of their print newspaper this morning. Many commentators pinned Joyce as a hypocrite for his advocacy of traditional marriage and family values, although the deputy PM largely took a back seat during the postal vote campaign on marriage equality.

"You can't put the lives of tens of thousands of your fellow citizens under the microscope and then expect to avoid scrutiny yourself", Mr Croome said. Comparisons were also drawn to coverage of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy.

Mr Chester said Mr Joyce's personal circumstances would not affect his leadership of the Nationals.

Joyce was not prominent in the "no" campaign against same-sex marriage during the postal survey, however, and ultimately abstained from voting when the legislation passed in December a year ago.

And I don't think any of us can be in a position to judge unless we ourselves have an unblemished record.

"Just because my marriage didn't work out doesn't mean I disregard what marriages are about", he said.

The pair met while they were both in University.