Joyce sur­vives sack mo­tion

Taranaki Daily News - - World -

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.

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