Barnaby Joyce responds to Labor allegations he is living ‘rent-free’ and is breaching ministerial standards

Barnaby Joyce has had to defend living rent-free in an apartment in Armidale in his electorate in order to fend off a move from Labor to have him sacked as Deputy Prime Minister.

Key points:

  • The Deputy PM is living in a house in Armidale that is owned by a friend, paying no rent
  • Labor said he asked for a place to live for free, which breaches ministerial standards because it’s a gift
  • Mr Joyce denies asking his friend for free accommodation; notes he’s still paying for a property for his estranged wife and their daughters
In Parliament, the Opposition accused Mr Joyce of breaching ministerial standards by asking for a place to live and receiving the gift, which is worth about $12,000.
Labor put a motion forward in Parliament for Mr Joyce to be sacked because it said the code means ministers “must not seek or encourage any form of gift in their personal capacity”.

Barnaby Joyce responds to Labor allegations he is living ‘rent-free’ and is breaching ministerial standards – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):