Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Resigns Amid Mounting Scandals

The favourite to succeed Barnaby Joyce as Deputy Prime Minister is an occasional Elvis impersonator who once said gay people and "their unnatural acts" would "wipe out humanity".

While Joyce's stepping down will relieve pressure on the government, there will still be intense questioning next week in Senate estimates about the employment arrangements for Campion, who was transferred from Joyce's office to that of Resources Minister Matt Canavan, and later to the office of then-Nationals whip Damian Drum. "I never tried to be anything else".

Malcolm Turnbull repeatedly dodged questions about Barnaby Joyce outside the White House. The Australian news media was reluctant to report on the relationship with the woman, Vikki Campion, until it was discovered that the couple were living rent-free in an apartment donated by a supporter.

Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien has thrown his support behind Mr Joyce through the scandal, saying he was the "best bloke for the job".

"As he said, he believes he can not do that from the despatch box", Mr Turnbull said, referring to the box used by frontbenchers speaking in Federal Parliament.

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Depp responded, telling American late-night television that Mr Joyce looked like he was "inbred with a tomato".

Joyce, who has been on personal leave this week with his new partner and former staffer Vikki Campion, will officially quit as Nationals leader on Monday and go to the back bench. He is expecting a child with his former media secretary.

"This partnership is undiminished and will continue to deliver opportunity and security for all Australians", Mr Turnbull added.

The ruling forced Mr Turnbull to postpone a trip overseas to deal with the fall out, but Mr Joyce was re-elected to his seat in a by-election on December 3.

Mr Pitt said he didn't need a piece of paper to tell him the difference between right and wrong but he supported the Prime Minister's "standards".

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Some Nationals have told the ABC privately they are frustrated by the damage Mr Joyce has already done to his party.

He said he chose to resign after an allegation of sexual harassment from a Western Australian woman emerged on Friday.

Australian Twitter users have been making fun of Barnaby Joyce, particularly his role in the "War On Terrier", after he announced he will resign as the country's deputy prime minister.

"Until I have clarification regarding some of the issues about Barnaby, I won't be able to back him but I'm also not in a position to back any challenger", Mr Gee said in a statement on Friday. "I am so humbled", he said.

The move to the backbench means he will give up the portfolios of Infrastructure and Transport and his salary will drop from $416,000 to about $200,000 a year.

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An uncomfortable monument to Mr Joyce's sex life is the remarkable and often mocked "bonk ban" on minister's and staff.