Australia PM bans sex between ministers and staffStaff Writer | February 15, 2018
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull banned sex between ministers and staff and rounded on his deputy for a “shocking error of judgment” by having an affair with a press secretary.
Australia A “shocking error of judgment”
Turnbull denounced the affair at a press conference in Canberra after a week in which the scandal threw his centre-right government into turmoil and strained the alliance between his Liberal Party and Joyce’s National Party.
He stopped short of sacking Joyce, which would have put the government’s narrow one-seat majority at risk were he expelled from parliament.
But Turnbull said the scandal had prompted overdue changes to ministerial conduct rules, and announced new standards broadly similar to a ban on relationships between lawmakers and staffers adopted last week by U.S Congress.
“In 2018, it is not acceptable for a minister to have a sexual relationship with somebody who works for them. It is a very bad workplace practice. And everybody knows that no good comes of it,” he said. ■