Barnaby Joyce

WATCH: Barnaby Joyce breaks silence on relationship with former staffer

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has broken his silence after reports emerged yesterday that he was expecting a baby with one of his former staff members.

Mr Joyce appeared on The 7.30 Report on ABC on Wednesday night, where he said he was “incredibly hurt” by his private life being dragged into the public arena.

“So it’s a private matter and I don’t think it helps me, I don’t think it helps my family, I don’t think it helps anybody in the future to start making this a public discussion,” Mr Joyce told host Leigh Sales.

“As much as I can I will keep private matters private.”

The 50-year-old said he “can’t quite fathom why basically a pregnant lady walking across the road deserves a front page.”

“I think once we start going through this salami slicing of a private life, where does it end?” he said.

Mr Joyce confirmed in parliament in December that he had separated from his wife of 24 years.

During Wednesday night’s interview, he admitted the end of his marriage was “one of the greatest failures” of his life.

“That was a tumultuous time and everyone who has gone through a marriage breakup would understand that,” he said.

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The Daily Telegraph reports Mr Joyce is expecting a baby with his former press secretary in April.

Earthquake

Two dead, more than 100 injured after powerful quake hits Taiwan

RESCUERS are desperately working to free a number of people trapped in collapsed buildings in Taiwan following a powerful magnitude 6.4 earthquake.

The quake struck about 20km northeast of Hualien, on the island’s east coast.

Officials have confirmed two people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured.

Photos and videos posted to social media show collapsed high-rise buildings and rubble strewn over the road.

It comes after a magnitude 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck nearby only a number of days ago.

Shower

Burst main leaves hundreds of homes without water in Pimpama

Pimpama locals may have had to skip their shower this morning with a burst main cutting water to hundreds of homes in the suburb.

It’s understood the main burst on Pimpama Jacobs Well Road, near the Strawberry Farm.

Around 600 homes in the area have been affected, with local shops being supplied water from tankers on site.

City of Gold Coast has apologised for the inconvenience and says they are hoping to have the issue fixed by 8.00am Tuesday.

Gold Coast Police

Armed man on the run after robbing Beenleigh servo

AN ARMED man is on the run after robbing a Beenleigh service station with a knife.

Police said the man entered the Logan River Road business just after 4.00am this morning and demanded cash from the worker.

The man then left the scene with a sum of cash.

Luckily, no one was physically injured.

Investigations into the robbery are ongoing.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

WATCH: Celine Dion announces 2018 Australian tour

Our heart’s will go on!

Much-loved Canadian singer Celine Dion has announced she’s heading down under for her Live 2018 Tour.

It will be the first time in a decade since the world-renowned pop icon has graced our shores, performing at arenas in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne this July and August.

In celebration of the announcement, Celine filmed a special video message for her fans in Australia.

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