Joyce gets baby bonus from TV

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say in it and can­not ac­cess it,’’ the in­sider said.

‘‘Lawyers ul­ti­mately get to de­cide if it should be ac­cessed for the child’s ed­u­ca­tion or if it will go to the child as a lump sum when he gets to 18 or pos­si­bly older.’’

Even if he does not profit from the in­ter­view, Joyce will still have to de­clare it on the par­lia­men­tary reg­is­ter of mem­bers’ in­ter­ests.

Joyce, who urged the me­dia to ‘‘move on’’ in an un­paid in­ter­view with Fair­fax in Fe­bru­ary, was forced to re­sign to the back­bench as a re­sult of the scan­dal.

Deputy Na­tion­als leader Bridget Mcken­zie said peo­ple wrote mem­oirs all the time and politi­cians told their sto­ries in a va­ri­ety of ways through­out their ca­reers.

‘‘I don’t think it’s up to me to ac­tu­ally be mak­ing com­men­tary on the moral­ity of that or oth­er­wise,’’ she told ABC TV yes­ter­day.

‘‘What Barnaby Joyce and Vikki de­cide to do in their pri­vate life is their busi­ness.’’

Hu­man Ser­vices Min­is­ter Michael Keenan also did not want to run a com­men­tary on Joyce’s de­ci­sion.

‘‘It was a dis­trac­tion in the ear­lier part of the year, and ob­vi­ously we don’t want to re­visit that,’’ he told Sky News.

‘‘But this isn’t my fo­cus, this isn’t the fo­cus of the gov­ern­ment.’’

His col­league Greg Hunt in­sisted he was be­ing in­ter­viewed yes­ter­day morn­ing free of charge.

‘‘You and I are here for the love of it, and I will let the in­di­vid­ual con­cerned com­ment on his own cir­cum­stances,’’ he told ABC TV.

Seven’s Sun­day Night pro­gramme re­port­edly won out in a bid­ding war with the Nine Net­work’s 60 Min­utes to se­cure the ex­clu­sive in­ter­view. – AAP

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