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SYDNEY: Australia‘s prime minister imposed a formal ban on sex between ministers and their staff on Thursday after his deputy made “a shocking error of judgement” by having an affair that left an aide pregnant and the government reeling.
Malcolm Turnbull announced the amendment to the ministerial code of conduct at an extraordinary press conference during which he slammed deputy Barnaby Joyce for causing “terrible hurt and humiliation” to his wife and four children.
“Barnaby made a shocking error of judgement in having an affair with a young woman working in his office,” he said.
“In doing so, he has set off a world of woe for those women and appalled all of us.
“Our hearts go out to them. It has been a dreadful thing for them to go through in the glare of publicity.”
Joyce, 50, has been under immense pressure since his affair with former media advisory Vikki Campion, 33, who is now pregnant with their child, became public last week.
It has led to allegations that he breached ministerial rules, with the crisis dominating the front pages and parliament question time, with calls mounting for him to resign.
Joyce, whose National Party is in a coalition with the prime minister’s Liberals, will take leave next week, allowing him to side-step the role of acting leader while Turnbull is on a visit to the United States.
Turnbull departs for Washington next Wednesday for meetings with US President Donald Trump and is scheduled to be overseas for four days.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, as deputy Liberal leader, would normally step in if Joyce was unavailable. But she will also be travelling, which means Senate leader Mathias Cormann will take the position.
Turnbull said the break would allow Joyce to “consider his own position”.
The prime minister could sack him, but that risks fracturing the ruling coalition and could cause a rift between the Liberal and National parties.
Joyce admitted to the affair after a picture of his pregnant lover was splashed across the front page of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, and has publicly apologised to his shattered wife of 24 years Natalie and their daughters.
Turnbull said times had changed and people expected politicians to set an example.
“I am not here to moralise. But we must recognise that whatever may have been acceptable or to which a blind eye was turned in the past, today, in 2018, it is not acceptable for a minister to have a sexual relationship with somebody who works for them,” he said.
“It is a very bad workplace practice. And everybody knows that no good comes of it.”
As such, he amended the code of conduct to make unequivocally clear that “ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with staff”.
Joyce — best known internationally for threatening to euthanise Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s dogs over a quarantine violation — denies he breached any rules, which could be grounds for him to be removed from office.
He has defended the two jobs, one for a minister, that Campion was given after she stopped working for him last year. The code stipulates that “partners” of ministers cannot be given jobs in ministerial offices without the express approval of the prime minister.
Joyce is also under fire over revelations that he accepted a rent-free apartment from a millionaire friend after his marriage collapsed.
Labor accused him of breaching ministerial standards by asking for a place to live, and in effect receiving a gift of not paying rent for six months. Joyce insists it was offered and he did not ask for it.
Joyce was re-elected in his rural constituency in New South Wales late last year after being forced to stand down over a once-obscure rule barring dual citizens from federal office.
He campaigned on a platform of being a pillar of the community who upheld conservative values, including marriage.
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PARKLAND: Nikolas Cruz, the shooter who opened fire on a Florida school Wednesday killing 17 people, was a teenage gun lover previously expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons.
The gunman, 19, showed up at the end of the school day at his former school — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland — with a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle and a large amount of ammunition.
Local police later arrested him in nearby Coral Springs.
Born in September 1998, Nikolas Cruz had posted “very disturbing” messages on social media, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who did not specify their exact content.
Authorities have not released a photograph of the shooter, and an Instagram account reportedly belonging to him has been suspended.
Cruz was known at school as having problems, according to several witnesses interviewed by local media.
“There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus,” Jim Gard, a math teacher who had taught Cruz for a semester in 2016, told the Miami Herald.
Gard told CNN that although he had not had problems with Cruz in class, female students reported Cruz having “problems with other girls.”
Meanwhile a student, who wasn’t named, told local broadcaster WSVN-7 that Cruz was “a troubled kid” who had firearms at home and had talked about using them.
“He shot guns because he felt it gave him, I guess, an exhilarating feeling,” the student said.
According to another pupil, Nicholas Coke, Cruz was a “loner” who left the school and moved to northern Florida following the death of his mother. He had also undertaken a junior military training program, according to Pentagon sources who did not offer details.
The shooter had already had “a lot of problems,” Coke said, recalling an incident during middle school when Cruz kicked out a window.
Meanwhile another student, speaking to local channel WJXT, said “everyone predicted” Cruz would carry out such an atrocity.
“Honestly, a lot of people were saying it was gonna be him,” the pupil said.
He added Cruz knew the layout of the school and had some knowledge of security procedures through participating in fire drills.
“He knows the school layout, he knows where everyone would be at as of right now,” the student said.
“He’s been with us in fire drills, he’s prepared for this stuff.”
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KATHMANDU: Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Thursday resigned opening the door for the Left alliance to form the next government, over two months after his party faced a debacle in the country’s historic parliamentary and local polls.
Deuba was elected as the 40th Prime Minister on June 6 with the support from CPN (Maoist Centre) which is now a part of Left alliance and opting for merger with CPN-UML.
“The elections of three tiers of government have been successfully held under my leadership setting the foundation to long transition,â€ Deuba told in the television address.
Deuba will officially present his resignation to President Bhandari shortly, the Kathmandu Post reported.
The Left alliance of the CPN-UML, led by Oli and CPN-Maoist Centre, led by Prachanda, had in December secured 174 seats in the 275-member Parliament in the historic provincial and parliamentary polls that many hope will bring much-needed political stability to the Himalayan nation.
It had also secured an overwhelming majority in the upper house of Parliament with 39 seats.
Oli, 65, had earlier served as the country’s prime minister from October 11, 2015 to August 3, 2016.