Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce, the leader of the National Party and the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia will resign from his position on Monday.
‘On Monday morning, at the party room, I will step down as the leader of the National Party and deputy leader of Australia. I have informed the acting Prime Minister, Mathias Cormann, of this,’ Mr Joyce told media.
Mr Joyce on Friday said that he is resigning from his position pertaining to a sexual harassment accusation made against him and for charging him of his relationship with Vikki Campion, his former media adviser who is currently pregnant with his first son. Mr Joyce has vehemently denied the sexual harassment accusation and stated that he didn’t violate any ministerial standards.
He announced his resignation on Twitter, saying: “On Monday morning I will step down as the Leader of @The_Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. I would like to thank everyone for offering their support to me, especially the people of New England.”
Following Mr Joyce’s scandal that has been going on for weeks, Malcom Turnbull, the Prime Minister of Australia has forbidden sex between ministers and staff.