No jobs for po­lit­i­cal spouses

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - MATTHEW KILLORAN

FOR­MER deputy Prime Min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce’s re­newed push for MPs to be able to give tax­payer-funded jobs to their spouses has fallen flat, with the Prime Min­is­ter and Op­po­si­tion Leader rul­ing it out.

Mr Joyce lost the lead­er­ship of the Na­tional Party in Fe­bru­ary af­ter it was re­vealed he had a child with for­mer staff mem­ber Vikki Cam­pion.

He said it “shouldn’t mat­ter what the pub­lic think”, and that MPs should be able to hire spouses be­cause they spent a lot of time away from home, which put pres­sure on re­la­tion­ships.

Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son said it was hard to be away from fam­ily, but there would be no change to the rules.

“The ar­range­ment has been in place as you know, for five years, a bit more than that. So no, we’ve got no plans for that,” he said.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten said La­bor had no plans to change the ex­ist­ing poli­cies.

Mr Joyce, who split from his wife Natalie af­ter his af­fair with Ms Cam­pion, said that “your loved one was prob­a­bly one of the best per­sons work­ing for you, be­cause she more than any­one un­der­stands your di­ary and un­der­stands kids’ birthdays and an­niver­saries’’.

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