Australian PM bans sex between ministers, staff

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That was the lament of one Nationals MP this week after Barnaby Joyce was granted a stay of execution from his party room as pressure on the Deputy Prime Minister reached fever pitch. Joyce says that Campion was not a "partner" at the time.

While the rule will be hard to enforce, it will give Mr Turnbull a mechanism to sack ministers who engage in behaviour like Mr Joyce's in the future. He described Joyce's conduct as "appalling" and a "shocking error of judgment".

Turnbull followed that up by banning all government ministers from have sex with their staffers, making it pretty likely that Joyce's legacy will forever be the Bonk Ban.

The prime minister has not directly said whether he believes Joyce should resign.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rewrote the federal ministerial code of conduct to include the ban after the affair between the Nationals leader and his former staffer Vikki Campion was revealed.

Mr Joyce said Mr Turnbull's remarks were "inept" and "unnecessary".

Nationals President Larry Anthony, the party's most senior bureaucrat and a former legislator, said the meeting resolved to give Joyce more time to ride out his controversies. "In regards to the National Party, there is nothing we dislike more than implied intervention into the processes of the National Party", he said. "We are an independent political unit". The conservative parties have formed every non-Labor government since World War Two.

Turnbull said minister occupy "positions of great responsibility and public trust" eventhough they were entitled to their own privacy. It is not possible for Turnbull to sack his deputy unless the National Party acts.

He may strongly feel this way, but surely Joyce can see that this is not the point.

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And above all, she wants people to take her seriously. "Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological. It was proven that Myers is not insane nor is she faking her changing accents.

"I don't think it helps when the Prime Minister puts a little bit of pressure on like he did", Mr Williams said. He urged Turnbull to delay a trip to the USA until the "circus" was resolved, "one way or the other".

Turnbull later replied: "I have not sought in any way to influence the deliberations of the National Party", referring to the party's name before it was changed to Nationals in 2003.

Nationals sources have told 9NEWS Mr Joyce is now more determined to stay.

Scandals, usually involving salacious sex and/or personal corruption allegations, are invariably created to prosecute political and strategic agendas demanded by powerful ruling class interests, and to distract public attention from events of far greater significance.

Turnbull knows it and fears it, while Joyce is in denial.

Joyce has no differences whatsoever with the United States alliance.

Last month, Joyce declared it was "really important we understand that we are intricately linked to the commerce of the People's Republic of China" after his Turnbull ministerial colleague Concetta Fierravanti-Wells denounced Chinese aid projects in the Pacific. Are you exhausted of being governed by politicians who seem more interested in party games than voters?

Turnbull, however, is powerless to formally reprimand or remove Joyce.

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