Australia’s deputy PM loses support of state branch amid sex scandal

By Byron Kaye SYDNEY, Feb 20 : A state branch of the Australian National Party has pulled its support for Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce because of his extramarital affair, its leader said on Tuesday, opening a new rift in the ruling coalition. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who introduced a ban on sexual relationships between […]

Australia’s deputy PM loses support of state branch over affair

By Byron Kaye SYDNEY, Feb 20 : A state branch of the Australian National Party has pulled its support for Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce because of reports about an extramarital affair with his former press secretary, the party’s Western Australia leader said on Tuesday. Joyce, the National Party’s federal leader, has refused to resign […]

Australia’s PM meets deputy to fix sex-scandal split

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, Feb 17 : Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has held crisis talks with his deputy Barnaby Joyce to heal a dangerous rift that is threatening the ruling coalition’s one-seat majority. A source with knowledge of the talks told Reuters that the pair met for an hour on Saturday and agreed to move […]

Cracks widen in Australian coalition as deputy PM calls Turnbull ‘inept’

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Feb 16 : A major rift opened up in Australia’s fragile ruling coalition on Friday as Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce refused to quit over an affair with a staff member, and derided Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s condemnation of his behaviour as “inept”. Turnbull, whose coalition holds a razor-thin majority of […]

Bank lending in spotlight as Australian inquiry begins

By Jonathan Barrett and Paulina Duran SYDNEY, Feb 12 : A government-backed inquiry into Australia’s finance sector on Monday said it will start its year-long investigation by scrutinising the selling tactics of banks’ most lucrative products – mortgages. The Royal Commission inquiry heard on its opening day that almost half of the over 385 public […]