Thu. May 26th, 2022

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has revealed that he asked the question to partner Vikki Campion on Sunday – and she said yes.

A spokesman for Mr Joyce confirmed the couple were now engaged after he asked her to marry him at a restaurant in Coffs Harbor.

The couple share two children, three-year-old Sebastian and two-year-old Thomas.

“We are both very happy and have been overwhelmed by the good wishes we have been offered and we thank everyone for them,” Joyce said in a statement Monday.

Sir. Joyce, 54, resigned from his high-profile role as deputy prime minister and leader of the National Party in early 2018, following the news of his affair with former employee, Mrs Campion, first published in The Daily Telegraph.

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Camera iconDeputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce with her partner Vikki Campion and their children, Sebastian and Thomas. NCA NewsWire / Martin Ollman Credit: Corp Australia company profile

Joyce’s 24-year marriage to his wife Natalie ended in the wake of the scandal.

But he was then re-elected in 2021, after a management leak removed Michael McCormack from the role.

After the affair with Mrs Campion first became public, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described Mr Joyce’s behavior as a “shocking error of judgment”.

“I think we know that the real problem is the terrible wounds and humiliation that Barnaby has in his behavior visited by his wife, Natalie and their daughters, and indeed his new partner,” he said at the time.

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Camera iconVikki Campion said yes when Barnaby Joyce proposed. NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage Credit: NCA NewsWire

“Barnaby made a shocking mistake in estimating having an affair with a young woman working in his office. In doing so, he has set in motion a world of woe for these women and terrified us all.”

Since then, Mrs Campion has commented on the situation she was in when she was pregnant.

“At the time, I was unemployed, heavily pregnant, desperate, and effectively living out of my car and AirBnBs ordered by my brother with a prepaid phone,” she wrote in her column for The Saturday Telegraph.

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