Barnaby Joyce To Be Paid $150,000 For Interview, And People Are Not Impressed
It appears Joyce no longer feels the public will 'get bored' of coverage regarding his relationship.
What you need to know
- Barnaby Joyce and partner Vikki Campion have reportedly landed a $150,000 interview deal with Channel Seven
- It comes just months after the former-PM appealed to the public for privacy
- The couple's relationship sparked a media frenzy that lost Joyce his positions as deputy prime minister and head of the Nationals
When Barnaby Joyce told Australia's media to "move on" from talking about his relationship with former staffer Vikki Campion during a Fairfax interview, he may have meant it half-heartedly.
Now a little over three months after this appeal for privacy, the former deputy prime minister has reportedly signed on for a tell-all interview about said relationship with the Seven network for a generous $150,000.
Seven's Sunday Night program secured the exclusive interview with Joyce and Campion after a bidding war with Nine's 60 Minutes, News Corp reported.
Joyce has been at the centre of a media frenzy since it was revealed his former media adviser was pregnant with his child in February.
After The Daily Telegraph publicly released the story, Joyce's wife Natalie said she was "deeply saddened by the news that my husband has been having an affair and is now having a child with a former staff member."
Campion gave birth to the couple's son, Sebastian, in Armidale on April 16.
According to the Sunday Telegraph, the pair will have not have access to the payment for the interview, instead setting the money aside for baby Sebastian in a trust fund to be "independently administered at a future date".
But despite the reported plans for the money, the news of the interview and its cost has sparked a national backlash, with many feeling the move is tacky and unethical for an employed politician, and insensitive to Joyce's wife and four daughters.
Human Services Minister Michael Keenan told Sky News this morning while he would not take money for an interview as a serving politician, he would not pass judgement on Joyce for doing so and wished to keep the focus on government issues.
"It’s not something that I’m going to run a commentary on," he said.
"It was a distraction in the earlier part of the year and obviously we don’t want to revisit that, but this isn’t my focus, it isn’t the focus of the government.”
The subsequent scandal of Joyce's relationship with Campion forced him to step down from his positions as deputy prime minster and leader of the Nationals party.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Joyce had not breached any ministerial standards as a result of the affair because Campion had not been his partner when she worked for him, but later criticised his former deputy for exercising a "shocking error of judgment" and introduced a ban on minsters having sexual relations with their staff.