Everyone Is Confused About The "Weatherboard Nine" After Barnaby Joyce Resigned

Barnaby Joyce Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources stands in a paddock on a property on the

Barnaby Joyce Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources stands in a paddock on a property on the

I thank Barnaby for his service as Deputy Prime Minister and in his various Ministerial roles in which he has been a fierce advocate for rural and regional Australia.

It was 10pm in Washington DC when Mr Joyce announced his resignation from the front bench and the party leadership, and he still had not directly spoken to the Prime Minister on his decision.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced his resignation amid a scandal over an extra-marital affair he had with one of his staffers.

"I think Barnaby is a good man who is going through a rough time".

In October past year, the High Court ruled that dual nationals could not hold elected office, forcing several members of the governing coalition who unknowingly held New Zealander nationality to stand down, including Joyce.

"This has got to stop, it's not fair on them, it's just completely and utterly unwarranted".

Joyce's move follows a complaint against him of sexual harassment by an unnamed woman, leading some MPs of his National Party to withdraw their support. "I don't believe any of them have been sustained", Joyce said.

The Nationals, the traditional party of farmers and rural voters, will select a new leader on Monday.

Turnbull called Joyce's affair a "shocking error of judgment" last week, to which Joyce responded by calling Turnbull "inept".

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Speaking in Washington while on an official U.S. visit, Mr Turnbull declined the opportunity to throw his support behind his coalition partner, insisting the decision was a matter for the Nationals.

"I understand that you are frustrated that we don't intend to answer any further questions but that is all I have to say on the matter".

An uncomfortable monument to Mr Joyce's sex life is the remarkable and often mocked "bonk ban" on minister's and staff.

"Mr Joyce's actions have caused pain for his family, but it is the ongoing damage Mr Joyce is causing The Nationals organisation that is of greatest concern to me as WA Leader", Ms Davies said. Australia's High Court deemed Joyce was a New Zealand citizen in October, forcing Turnbull to rule in minority until Joyce re-contested and won his seat again.

"I have asked that that be referred to the police", he said. His party will elect a new leader on Monday.

This partnership is undiminished and will continue to deliver opportunity and security for all Australians.

Mr Turnbull explained that Mr Joyce was taking leave to consider his future.

With a ballot to determine the fate of the Deputy Prime Minister scheduled for 8pm on February 24, Michael McCormack, the Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defense Personnel, is already tipped to become a frontrunner.

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