Malcolm Turnbull hammers Barnaby Joyce for 'shocking' decision to have affair with now pregnant staffer

Barnaby Joyce is under pressure from Malcolm Turnbull to quit as deputy prime minister after his "shocking" decision to have an affair with a staffer.

Mr Turnbull said the Nationals leader should "consider his position" as he takes a week off, before slamming Mr Joyce for having an affair with his now-pregnant partner Vikki Campion.

"The real issue is the terrible hurt and humiliation that Barnaby, by his conduct, has visited on his wife, Natalie and their daughters and indeed, his new partner," Mr Turnbull told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

"Barnaby made a shocking error of judgment in having an affair with a young woman working in his office.

"He has set off a world of woe for those women and appalled all of us."

Mr Turnbull cannot sack his deputy because it is up to the Nationals MPs to choose their leader under the coalition agreement.

"Barnaby is the leader of the National Party, okay? They are our coalition partners. They have a coalition agreement," he said.

But Mr Turnbull said the scandal had prompted him to change the ministerial code of conduct to ban ministers from having sex with staff.

"Ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with their staff," he said.

"Doing so will constitute a breach of the standards."

Mr Joyce is living with Ms Campion and facing questions over her former political jobs, and a rent-free townhouse he was given by a friend while he sorts out his personal life.

But Mr Turnbull refused to order an investigation into the allegations.

"Those who believe he has breached ministerial standards ... should actually make the case for where the breach has occurred," he said.

After insisting all week he had confidence in Mr Joyce and saying he would be acting prime minister next week, Mr Turnbull told parliament on Thursday the Nationals leader will take leave from February 19 to 25.

Mr Turnbull, who is in Washington next week, said Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will be acting prime minister during the period, as the Liberals deputy leader Julie Bishop is overseas.

Mr Joyce's office released a statement saying he was going on leave to support his family and partner "after such intense public focus on personal matters".

Barnaby Joyce.
Barnaby Joyce. Source: 1 NEWS


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Kiwi make-up entrepreneurs hitting it big at 'crazy, different world' of New York Fashion Week

Two Wellington woman, Hannah Duder and Bonnie Howland, had a goal to make a sustainable make-up brand and give back half of their profits to charity.

Seven Sharp helped them launch their first product, a mascara, last year, and viewers of the TVNZ1 show generously gave them tens of thousands of dollars to do it.

Now, they've made it all the way to New York Fashion Week with their brand Indigo & Iris.

"It's been really cool to see the make up artists and the models and everyone here at fashion week just loving Indigo," creator Hannah Duder says.

The young entrepreneurs were undaunted by launching their mascara Levitate at one of the biggest weeks in the industry.

"Fashion is a high pressure, high intensity world and it's very intimidating to a lot of people," Bonnie Howland says.

"I think something that's been really cool for me is we're just being ourselves, and we don't have to try and fit into this crazy different world, I mean we're at New York Fashion week," Hannah Duder says.

"We're just like being ourselves and we're being received really well, so that's so cool." 

The two young women from Wellington want to create a sustainable brand. Source: Seven Sharp

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'I was a mess, I was sick' - US Olympian Aly Raisman describes emotional toll of confronting abuser Larry Nasser

One of the most prominent US sportswomen who testified against US sports doctor Larry Nasser, who has been handed multiple life sentences for molesting young athletes, has spoken of the emotional toll of confronting him in court.

US Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman said despite her stoic appearance in the court footage, the event took many weeks to recover from.

"I can't even put into words how difficult it is," Raisman said.

"It's not easy getting up in front of (Larry) Nasser and speaking in front of him.

"I know I looked strong in the moment, but after I was a mess. I was sick. I didn't feel good. I was exhausted. It felt like it took me weeks to recover.

"It's not easy at all and, you know, leading up to when I decided to share my story I was stressed out, I was sick, I could barely work out.

"It's not something that - it's not easy for anyone to come forward."

On Feburary 6, Nasser was sent to prison for up to 175 years in what's said to be the worst sex-abuse case in sports history.

His victims vowed to keep fighting for accountability in the scandal that upended the gymnastics world and raised alarms about the sport's ask-no-questions culture.

Long after the disgraced doctor is locked up in a federal prison, investigations into his misconduct will go on, perhaps for years.

"We have taken care of one perpetrator. We have not taken care of the systems that allowed him to flourish," said Rachael Denhollander, who filed a police report in 2016 about how Nassar had molested her 16 years earlier, when she was 15, with her mother in the room.