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Barnaby Calls PM Comments 'Inept, Damaging'

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has dug in his heels to keep his role as head of the Nationals, and also let fly at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a passionate press conference on the steps of Parliament House.

After apologizing to his estranged wife and children, Joyce then went on to attack the media in regards to the tsunami of coverage that his controversial affair with his former media adviser Vikki Campion has created.

He also described Prime Minister Turnbull's announcement to rewrite the ministerial code in regards to ministers conducting relationships with staff as both 'Inept' and 'Damaging' and said the new ministerial code of conduct will create "immense fodder" for the media.

"It is the prime minister's code, we will support it, and we will do our best endeavours to see it through. It goes without saying that this will create immense fodder for the good people in the media and it will obviously reverberate across all political parties," Mr Joyce said.

Mr Turnbull earlier told reporters in Tasmania he had not spoken with Mr Joyce today, nor had he asked for his deputy's resignation.

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