Barnaby's Big Interview Didn't Spill Everything, But What It Did Was Telling

Mr Joyce last week accepted $150,000 from Channel 7 for participating in their first interview since the scandal was revealed earlier this year

Mr Joyce last week accepted $150,000 from Channel 7 for participating in their first interview since the scandal was revealed earlier this year

When Ms Campion told him she was pregnant, Mr Joyce said he knew "straight away" it would be the end of his tenure as Deputy Prime Minister.

Barnaby Joyce, 51, who resigned in February after it was revealed that his press secretary and now partner, Vikki Campion, 33, was pregnant, described those within parliament who wanted her to have an abortion as "the absolute scum of the earth".

She also brought up the moment where Mr Joyce appeared to blame his newborn son Sebastian for blowing the lid on his affair.

While many of Mr Joyce's colleagues have refused to weigh in on the matter, cabinet minister Kelly O'Dwyer did not hold back when she said most Australians are "pretty disgusted" by the interview. I was gonna lose my job as the deputy prime minister and that was ...

The media and political frenzy around the former Deputy Prime Minister and his staffer-turned-partner was the toughest test possible for any relationship.

Campion said of the whole saga, that she "never intended for any of this to happen".

"I suppose towards the end I was fighting more out of spite than logic, and just thinking I'm not going to let these people beat us".

"If there is anything else to be said, that should be between Barnaby and Vikki and whomever they are alleging made the comments".

"And they said, "if you don't, they're going to come after you".

"If there was a conversation made, then that was a conversation made between the alleged person who said it and Barnaby and Vikki", Mr McCormack said.

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Campion did however say "I can't repeat the words on television" that had been said.

"They are the finest people in regional Australia and I am proud to serve with each and every one of them", Mr McCormack said.

But Mr Joyce reserved his strongest criticism for the colleagues - not named in the interview - who tried to talk Ms Campion into terminating the pregnancy.

"There is something insidious and dark and disgusting that happens inside that mad boarding school and their contribution to it is they're going to try and make an incredibly hard situation nearly unbearable, by saying to that woman "you will do this if you want a career in this place".

These include seeking answers to questions around Ms Campion's former employment as Mr Joyce's media adviser and her subsequent placement in the offices of two of the then leader's parliamentary team, Matt Canavan and Damian Drum.

Speaking about how good a father the backbencher is, 32-year-old Ms Campion said she's so in love with their child.

Campion, who gave birth to baby Sebastian six weeks ago, also revealed she herself had considered abortion, going so far as to purchase the necessary medication before deciding not to go through with it.

"To be quite frank, I couldn't give a shit about the political ramifications, really".

Despite his relegation to the back bench, Mr Cullen said he did not expect Mr Joyce to retire anytime soon, predicting he will take a "second tilt" at the front bench.

The former Deputy Prime Minister has faced criticism from both sides of politics after it emerged he and Ms Campion were expected to receive $150,000 for their tell-all interview.

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