Senator Sam Dastyari has weighed in on the growing scandal surrounding Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Picture: Kym SmithSource:News Corp Australia
Sam Dastyari to Barnaby Joyce: It gets a lot worse from here
SAM Dastyari says he was forced to resign for “a lot less” than the scandal Barnaby Joyce is facing. He’s offered a few words of advice.
FEBRUARY 13, 2018
The Prime Minister’s office has told Sky News Vikki Campion’s jobs did not breach the ministerial code of conduct because the 33-year-old was not considered to be Barnaby Joyce’s partner at the time of her employment. After Ms Campion's departure from Mr Joyce's office, she was moved to two separate positions, including a newly created media-adviser role for little-known Nationals MP Damian Drum's office.
Ousted Labor Senator Sam Dastyari has offered some advice for embattled Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce — it’s going to get worse.
The once-popular politician, considered a rising star of the Labor Party, used his return to Twitter to comment on the scandal surrounding the Nationals leader.
His late night rant included claims “everyone” knew about Mr Joyce’s affair, and apparent threats to out other Conservative MPs who were “f***ing around”.
Barnaby Joyce is expected to make a statement today. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAPSource:AAP
Mr Joyce is now facing calls to resign over his affair with former media adviser Vikki Campion — who is due to give birth to his fifth child in April — and the government jobs she was given once the secret started to come out.
Since the pregnancy was splashed on the front page of the Daily Telegraph last week, further allegations of misbehaviour by Mr Joyce have emerged.
Mr Dastyari, who was forced to resign from the Senate after warning a Chinese donor he may be under surveillance, claimed he had to resign from Parliament for “a lot less”.
“Hey Barnaby Joyce, I went for a LOT less. Quit while you are behind,” he wrote on Twitter last night. “Trust me — it only gets a LOT worse from here.”
Accusations are piling up against Barnaby Joyce after his affair with former staffer Vikki Campion was made public.Source:Supplied
Mr Dastyari appeared to attack claims from the Prime Minister’s office that Malcolm Turnbull was unaware of the affair, and assurances there was no breach in rules of Ms Campion being granted jobs in Mr Joyce’s and other Nationals MP’s offices because she was not his partner.
“Everyone. And I mean EVERYONE in federal Parliament knew about Vicki and Barnaby. Anyone who claims they didn’t is either bulls***ing or so out of touch they shouldn’t be in Parliament,” he said.
Mr Dastyari argued Ms Campion’s job relocation from Mr Joyce’s office to work for other Nationals MPs was “a clear breach of the rules”.
“We all assumed it would come out during the by-election,” he said.
“For f***s sake — how can you construe the pregnant woman Barnaby left his wife for as NOT his partner. Who was she then?”
Mr Joyce has not publicly addressed questions around Ms Campion’s employment in newly-created roles in his colleague’s offices.
He is today facing further allegations of inappropriate behaviour, with the Daily Telegraph reporting claims from a woman who said Mr Joyce “pinched (her) bottom” at a 2011 awards ceremony. Mr Joyce has denied the allegations.
The West Australian has published claims Mr Joyce spent more than $10,000 on family travel while engaged in an affair with Ms Campion.
Liberal Minister Dan Tehan this told Sky News Tuesday morning the Deputy Prime Minister would make a statement today to “refute allegations made overnight”.