Barnaby Joyce quits as Australian deputy prime minister and National party leader

The National Party received a formal complaint against Mr Joyce

In response to the scandal, the prime minister announced a ban on government ministers having sex with their employees and later called Joyce's actions a "shocking error of judgement". "It's about the person in the weather board, something that manifestly expressed what the National Party is about".

"He has a strong interest in the Bruce Highway and a keen understanding of the importance of Section D Cooroy to Curra, which I know he has highlighted to his cabinet colleagues".

Mr Joyce's resignation will potentially heal the rift between the Liberal and National parties, a political alliance that has existed for almost 100 years.

"I think there is a big difference here, Barnaby is going from his own free will", Mr Hogan said. They caused further harm. "I don't believe any of them have been sustained", Joyce said.

Little-known outside Australia, Joyce made global headlines in 2015 when he deported two dogs brought into Australia by US actor Johnny Depp without the proper paperwork, a row that became known as the "War on Terrier".

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The deputy prime minister has spent 16 days fighting off accusations of improper conduct over his affair with his now-pregnant former staffer Vikki Campion, and she was moved to two other political offices. "The leadership of the National Party is a matter for the National Party and I've been at great pains to stress that I have not, nor has my party, sought to influence in any way the deliberations of the National Party, any more than I'd expect the National Party to seek to influence deliberations of the Liberal Party". WA leader Mia Davies said Joyce's leadership was no longer tenable.

Barnaby Joyce's time as Nationals leader and Deputy Prime minister was nothing if not colourful.

The final straw came yesterday, when it emerged that Joyce, who leads the Nationals, the junior partner in Australia's coalition government, had been accused by an unnamed woman of sexual harassment.

Mr Joyce hit back, describing the Prime Minister as "inept", creating a sharp divide between the nation's two most powerful politicians.

The three men in line to replace Barnaby Joyce as Nationals leader include a gastroenterologist, a journalist and a rising star from the agriculture industry.

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In April, Mr Joyce's estranged wife Natalie reportedly confronted Ms Campion about the rumours.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued a statement shortly after Joyce announced his decision, thanking him for being a "a fierce advocate for rural and regional Australia", BBC reported.

22 February - Nationals MP Andrew Broad becomes the first federal MP to call for Joyce to step down as leader.

Meanwhile, Nationals MPs David Gillespie and Michael McCormack have expressed their desire to challenge for Joyce's position in the party.

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