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Malcolm Turnbull calls Barnaby Joyce affair "distressing" in new interview

“These private matters are always very distressing for those involved.”

By Holly Royce

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has spoken to out reguarding Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's affair with ex-staffer Vikki Campion.

On his way to Parliament House this morning, Turnbull told press that though he did not want to add to the "public discussion on private matters", Barnaby must be accountable.

"Adults particularly elected officials, members of parliament, ministers all have to be accountable for their actions, as grown ups we're all accountable for our actions," the Prime Minister told the press.

"All of us have to be accountable for how we live our lives and of course Barnaby has been accountable."

He also reveals that he and his wife Lucy are very conscious of the pain the incident has caused Barnaby's wife Natalie and his four daughters.

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News of Joyce and Campion's affair became public after the Daily Telegraph published a photo of Vikki Campion looking heavily pregnant this week.

Barnaby and his wife Natalie.
Barnaby and his wife Natalie.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's wife Natalie Joyce has shared her 'devastation' at learning that her estranged husband is expecting a baby with a woman he used to work with.

Speaking to The Australian, Mrs Joyce said that she is deeply saddened by the news which has sent upset through her family.

"This situation is devastating on many fronts. For my girls who are affected by the family breakdown and for me as a wife of 24 years, who placed my own career on hold to support Barnaby through his political life," she said.

Mrs Joyce hinted at betrayal, explaining that their family had let office and campaign staff into their home and lives.

"Naturally we also feel hurt by the actions of Barnaby and the staff member involved," she said, before pleading for privacy during this time.