Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce Resigns From Cabinet, Remains in Parliament

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has publicly called on Barnaby Joyce to resign as party leader

Mr Turnbull sought to deflect blame for the handling of the controversy surrounding Mr Joyce, who has left his wife for a new partner and is expecting a baby in April.

This week has seen a sexual harassment complaint against Australian Deputy Prime Minister and National party leader Barnaby Joyce, who rejects it as "spurious and defamatory".

The Nationals, the traditional party of farmers and rural voters, will select a new leader on Monday.

Turnbull said the coalition between the Liberals and the Nationals is "undiminished" despite Joyce's resignation. The Australian news media was reluctant to report on the relationship with the woman, Vikki Campion, until it was discovered that the couple were living rent-free in an apartment donated by a supporter.

The pair had an affair even while Mr Joyce, a social conservative and devout Catholic, rallied against legalising same-sex marriage, saying the change would affect family stability.

Mr. Joyce, through a spokesman, denied those allegations.

"I have asked that that be referred to the police", he said.

Depp later referred to Joyce as looking like he was "inbred with a tomato".

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It is not clear whether Mr Turnbull will discuss Australia's gun laws when he meets with US President Donald Trump in the White House on Friday, but the Prime Minister indicated that he did not want to lecture the Americans on the issue. "The National Party can not be allowed by virtue of a secret Coalition agreement to 100% decide who the deputy prime minister is", Shorten said.

Mr McCormack is the current Veterans" Affairs Minister, and in a column in the Daily Advertiser in 1993 he said "a week never goes by anymore that homosexuals and their sordid behaviour don't become further entrenched in society'.

"We have a number of people who I think will make a good Deputy Prime Minister and leader of our party", Mr Hogan said.

"I acknowledge your concerns, however it should also be said that you don't have a Federal member of Parliament in the National Party of Australia, your last member spending time nearly exclusively as an independent and only once or twice coming to the National Party room meetings".

"He also told the media, "(It has been an) incredible privilege, that I'm so humbled by, to have been the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia". As SBS notes, he will also lose his position as Infrastructure and Transport minister upon his move to the backbench.

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

Nationals WA leader Mia Davies said she contacted Mr Joyce to tell him he was causing "ongoing damage" to the party and his position as Federal Leader was "no longer tenable" on Tuesday.

Joyce said he'd notified acting PM Mathias Cormann about his decision.

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