Prime Minister questioned over Barnaby Joyce's lover being appointed to two jobs

Malcolm Turnbull under pressure from Labor over Barnaby Joyce scandal

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce, who is under pressure over the employment of Vikki Campion in his and other MPs' offices.

Nationals senator John Williams went on the defence when asked if Mr Joyce was the best person to lead the party to the next election, telling ABC radio on Monday: "He's certainly been a great leader and I stick by that".

Mr Drum's taxpayer-funded staffing allocation was reportedly boosted by one to accommodate Ms Campion.

The Prime Minister said Mr Joyce had made it clear the employment of Ms Campion was never discussed with him or the prime minister's office.

Mr Turnbull said the Nationals were provided with a specific number of personal staff positions as a share of the government's overall staffing pool.

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

"I just think the sun is setting on his career, and I can't see how he can survive".

Mr Joyce's relationship with the pregnant Ms Campion was publicly confirmed last week two months after he told parliament his 24-year marriage was over.

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.

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.

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'It's a private matter, it's a tough matter and I don't have any more to say about it'.

"The deputy prime minister did not breach the ministerial code of conduct because Ms Campion was not his partner at the time of the staff appointments", a spokesman for Mr Turnbull told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Independent MP Cathy McGowan has called for legislation to be introduced to Parliament to ban politicians entering relationships with staffers.

He said the government needed to clarify the situation.

However, the prime minister's office "has an administrative role in informing the department of Finance of changes", Mr Turnbull said.

Obviously, Turnbull did not give his express approval, considering he's said that he had no knowledge of the affair, so... what the fuck, you guys.

Mr Canavan issued a statement claiming Ms Campion was "suitably qualified" for the role for which she was hired.

'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 feel deceived and hurt by the actions of Barnaby and the staff member involved'.

In that time, Mr Joyce will save nearly $14,000 from not paying rent on the property.

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