Joyce survives sack motion
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has survived a vote aimed at forcing him out of parliament as he fights claims that he asked a friend for a rent-free townhouse when his marriage broke down. The Labor opposition unsuccessfully tried to bring a motion yesterday calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to sack Joyce for breaching ministerial standards. The Nationals leader’s relationship with his now-pregnant partner Vikki Campion has raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds, after she was shuffled around jobs in other senior MPs’ offices. Joyce also lived rent-free in businessman Greg Maguire’s townhouse in the New South Wales town of Armidale as he was getting ready for the New England byelection last year. Labor has demanded to see the details of taxpayer-funded flights Joyce and Campion took in 2017.