Na­tion­als de­clare they never told Vikki to abort baby

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

NA­TION­ALS MP and se­nior gov­ern­ment staff have lashed out at claims by Barn­aby Joyce and Vikki Cam­pion that they were pres­sured to abort their baby.

Tonight’s tell-all Chan­nel 7 in­ter­view is ex­pected to in­clude claims by Ms Cam­pion that some mem­bers of the Coali­tion “tried to stop the baby be­ing born”.

The al­le­ga­tion has sparked in­tense ru­mours in Can­berra this week about who might have sug­gested Ms Cam­pion ter­mi­nate her preg­nancy.

One Na­tional Party MP, two se­nior Coali­tion staffers and a Na­tional Party of­fi­cial have all been ru­moured to be the one who ad­vised the cou­ple to end their preg­nancy. The Sun­day Tele­graph ap­proached all four for com­ment. Three of the four ac­cused de­nied the claim and the last would not re­turn calls.

“I cer­tainly didn’t do it and I can’t think of any­one that would have had the guts to,” one of the ac­cused said.

“They were try­ing to spin it and claim it wasn’t his for most of the preg­nancy any­way. There were plenty on peo­ple who prob­a­bly thought it pri­vately.”

An­other Na­tion­als MP said he didn’t be­lieve any of his col­leagues would have of­fered that ad­vice. “It seems a very weird thing to say to a fe­male staffer,” he said.

“The only thing I can imag­ine is if some­one asked Barn­aby whether they had con­sid­ered that op­tion, but it would not have been a threat or de­mand.”

Mean­while, the Aus­tralian Tax­a­tion Of­fice might be af­ter a chunk of the $150,000 cheque for tonight’s tell-all. Mr Joyce has claimed the cash will be placed in a trust fund for baby Se­bas­tian. But tax ex­perts say the money is be­ing paid for ser­vices, mak­ing it as­sess­able in­come.

Joyce and Cam­pion.

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