Barnaby Joyce to take personal leave, avoiding acting PM role

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will be taking leave next week and will not stand in as Prime Minister while Malcolm Turnbull is overseas.

The Prime Minister told parliament today Mr Joyce will be taking time off from February 19 to 25.

Finance Minister Mathias Corman will step in as acting Prime Minister.


The decision was made while Mr Joyce cops a battering over his acceptance of staying in a rent-free apartment.

Labor is questioning whether the Nationals’ Leader has broken any rules, and earlier today called for the Prime Minister to sack Mr Joyce.

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten asked Mr Turnbull whether Barnaby Joyce’s leave confirmed he was unable to do his job.

“Doesn’t the Prime Minister’s announcement about the arrangement of who will be acting as Prime Minister confirm the Deputy cannot do his job,” Mr Shorten said.

“Are we simply meant to believe it’s all a big coincidence?”.