Barnaby Joyce has survived a vote which would have seen him booted out of Parliment, with Labor saying the Deputy Prime Minister broke ministerial standards.
Labor unsuccessfully tried to bring on a motion this morning calling for Malcolm Turnbull to sack his deputy.
However, they lost the vote 73-70.
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.@billshortenmp: The circus has got to end…I think @Barnaby_Joyce‘s position is untenable and @TurnbullMalcolm, it’s time for leadership. You need to act. https://t.co/iyxVoI8viT pic.twitter.com/ooXHplaxLY
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) February 14, 2018
The vote comes as the Nationals’ leader fights allegations he asked to live in a friend’s townhouse rent-free when his marriage broke down.
Mr Joyce is accused of asking wealthy Nationals party donor, Greg Maguire, for a place to stay while he was preparing for the New England by-election last year.
He said the accusations are false.
“I did not approach Mr Maguire asking for any help. What I can also state is that he made the approach to me when I was not a Minister,” Mr Joyce said.
The Deputy Prime Minister added he tried to pay rent, but Mr Maguire refused to take his money.
Newscorp reporters, who broke the story on Mr Joyce’s affair, said this is incorrect.
Greg Maguire told Rick Morton at The Oz the same thing he told me – that Joyce rang him asking for a place to stay. Barnaby Joyce told Parliament the opposite. https://t.co/7FkxEa2WwB
— Sharri Markson (@SharriMarkson) February 14, 2018
Mr Joyce’s relationship with former media advisor, Vikki Campion, had raised concerns about a potential misuse of taxpayer funds.
Ms Campion was shuffled around jobs in senior MPs’ offices.