Australian Conservatives leader and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has shared the public concern about what the “Joyce affair” means for the body politic.
The ABC reports the Deputy Prime Minister has ended the day unable to silence questions about his position within the Cabinet, in the wake of his admission of a relationship with his former media adviser.
Even some of his Coalition colleagues privately conceded his reputation had been damaged "beyond repair", and urged the Nationals to recognise the problem. Further reports late today suggest a delegation is being organised to approach the Deputy Prime Minister to step down.
Senator Bernardi has told Sky News that whether there has been a breach of the ministerial guidelines or even a breach of the spirit of the ministerial guidelines, someone must face the consequences.
The Australian Conservatives Leader also said:
"There are two reasonable expectations in politics.
One: The Australian people won't get screwed by their government.
Two: Ministers will not screw their staff."
Click the video below to watch Senator Bernardi's full comments on the affair: