Fiji Sun

Barnaby Joyce calls for changes to privacy laws

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Australia’s former deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has ramped up his calls for more stringent privacy laws a week after giving a $150,000 television interview.

Mr Joyce said the couple did the infamous interview in the hope it would be a “circuit-breaker”, which would end the intense scrutiny on their private lives. “We certainly wouldn’t have done the interview if we thought it was just going to continue on, obviously it is,” Mr Joyce told the

Seven Network on Monday. Mr Joyce denied a photograph­er’s claims he had shaped up to throw a punch, saying the man was hiding in the bushes outside a church on Sunday.

The former Nationals leader said he accepted public figures would get media attention, but laws needed to be changed to protect people like his partner Vikki Campion and the couple’s baby son Sebastian from paparazzi.

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