Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is expecting a child with former staffer Vikki Campion, confirming months of speculation in Australia’s political circles about the personal life of Australia’s second-in-command.
The Daily Telegraph reports Joyce, 50, and former media advisor Campion, 33, have moved in together in preparation for the birth of their first child. The baby is expected around April.
During last year’s New England by-election campaign, itself spurred by the discovery of Joyce’s New Zealand citizenship, the Nationals leader admitted he was no longer living at home with wife Natalie Joyce and their four daughters.
Addressing the same-sex marriage debate in parliament last December, Joyce announced his 24-year-long marriage had broken down. A conservative who advocated for the former definition of marriage, Joyce said “the current definition of marriage has stood the test of time – half of them fail, I acknowledge that.
“I’ll acknowledge that I’m currently separated, so that’s on the record.”
Joyce added he had not “come to this debate pretending to be a saint.”
Campion left Joyce’s office in April last year, before taking roles in the offices of Nationals MPs Matt Canavan and Damian Drum. Campion is not currently employed by the party.
Campion declined to comment when questioned by the Daily Telegraph yesterday. A spokesperson for Joyce last night told The Australian that he would not be commenting on his personal life further than what he offered in parliament last year.