- Barnaby Joyce has revealed he and his wife Natalie have ‘separated’
- Mr Joyce’s re-election campaign for New England was beset with rumours
- He was re-installed as Nationals leader and deputy PM just yesterday
- ‘I didn’t come to this debate pretending to be a saint,’ Mr Joyce said
Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he is ‘separated’ from his wife in an unusual contribution to the same sex marriage debate just days after resuming his seat.
The newly sworn in Deputy Prime Minister was the subject of rumours about his personal life while he ran to win back his seat of New England at a by-election.
And he was remarkably frank during the parliamentary debate on Thursday afternoon, saying: ‘I’m currently separated, so that’s on the record.’
Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he is ‘separated’ from his wife Natalie in an unusual contribution to the same sex marriage debate where he admitted he is ‘no saint’
Family photo: Mr Joyce and his now-separated wife Natalie are pictured having a cup of coffee with their dog Missty in July 2016
Mr Joyce was forced from Parliament earlier this year after the High Court found he was a dual New Zealand citizen – and therefore ineligible for office – at the time of the last election.
The by-election campaign was marred with innuendo about Mr Joyce, who has four daughters with his wife, Natalie.
‘The current definition of marriage has stood the test of time… half of them fail, I acknowledge that,’ Mr Joyce said during the debate.
‘I’ll acknowledge … I’m currently separated so that’s on the record.
‘I don’t come to this debate pretending to be a saint.’
Mr Joyce won the weekend by-election in a landslide. Reports claimed his wife was not present at his victory party.
Mr Joyce (with wife and daughters) celebrate at a previous election victory in 2016
Joyce’s wife, Natalie, was reportedly not seen at his by-election victory party recently
Mr Joyce was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister on Wednesday after winning back his seat in a by-election and renouncing his New Zealand citizenship
Mr Joyce’s re-election campaign was marred with drama.
At one point, he claimed he had a stalker. And he also had a fiery confrontation with a man at a local pub.
The straight-talking larrikin was sworn back into high office by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove on Wednesday, just in time for the same sex marriage debate.
A bill legalising same sex marriage passed the House of Representatives on Thursday evening after 61.6 per cent of Australians voted in favour of the change in a postal survey.