Barnaby Joyce has announced his resignation as Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Nationals Leader today after a turbulent few weeks involving his private life.
The resignation comes after the discovery that Mr Joyce had been involved in an affair with his former staffer, Vikki Campion, who is now pregnant with his child.
Mr Joyce said that he could not lead the party, while new sexual harassment complaints against him were being investigated.
However, he confirmed the complaints were unsubstantiated.
Mr Joyce said the recent sexual harassment complaints were “the straws that broke the camel’s back.”.
“This current cacophony of issues has to be put aside, and I think it’s my responsibility to do my bit to make sure that happens.” Mr Joyce said in a press conference held in Arimdale.
Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull thanked Mr Joyce in a statement today.
“I thank Barnaby for his service as Deputy Prime Minister and in his various ministerial roles in which he has been a fierce advocate for rural and regional Australia.”
Mr Joyce will remain as the member for New England and a backbencher for the Nationals Party.