Barnaby Joyce's wife 'visited priest to help save marriage'

Barnaby Joyce is likely to face more questioning over his handling of an affair with a staffer

Barnaby Joyce is likely to face more questioning over his handling of an affair with a staffer

Ms Campion is pregnant with Mr Joyce's child - his fifth - after he split past year from his wife.

Asked by Bill Shorten if Mr Joyce would serve as Acting PM and whether he retained the Prime Minister's full confidence, Mr Turnbull replied: "Yes to both questions".

A third said calls had been received from Nationals members saying they would not be handing out how-to-vote cards at the next election if Mr Joyce remained leader.

AAP understands a group of about four or five Nationals MPs are trying to get Mr Joyce to resign as pressure mounts over his affair with former staffer Vikki Campion, but they don't have the numbers in the 21-member party room to force a change.

Ms Campion, a former journalist, was initially a media adviser in the deputy prime minister's office before working for cabinet minister Matt Canavan.

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On Monday a spokesman for Turnbull said Joyce had not breached the code because Campion was not the deputy prime minister's partner at the time of the staff appointments.

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has called on the coalition to be transparent about Ms Campion's job trajectory after the relationship with Mr Joyce became known within government circles a year ago.

"And as he (Mr Joyce) has said in his statement this morning, she was not his partner at the time".

"Toxic" was another term used by Nationals to describe Mr Joyce's situation. She fell pregnant to the National Party leader a couple of months later.

According to the Daily Telegraph, a position was created for Campion in Drum's office after she lost her senior advisor role in Senator Canavan's office.

Mr Joyce is facing questions over the process which saw his now-partner Vikki Campion take up a senior advisor job in the office of Nationals whip Damian Drum while Mr Joyce was embroiled in the citizenship fiasco a year ago.

"It was creating problems in the office and basically they were sitting there on a powder keg waiting for it to blow", she said.

The marriage breakdown and the revelation of the affair are worrying some Nationals.

'Half of them fail, I acknowledge that, I'm happy to acknowledge that I am now separated so that is on the record'.

Mrs Joyce has said she felt "deceived" by the news that Ms Campion is pregnant with her husband's child and claimed the relationship began when she was a paid staffer.

A POLITICAL analyst has predicted that embattled Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's "career is over".

"These private matters are always very distressing for those involved, I don't want to add to the public discussion about it", Turnbull told reporters in Canberra, outside Parliament House.

'I think his career is over, maybe not in the short term, but certainly in the medium term, ' she told the program.

"There are headlines I would rather not see, but I don't control the headlines", he said.

"Let's see how all the travel things come out and so on, I just don't know", he said.

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