Former Nationals party leader and Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP
Former Nationals party leader and Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP

Joyce says he may not be biological father of Campion’s baby

BARNABY Joyce may not be the father of the baby boy his partner Vikki Campion is expecting, with the Nationals MP saying it was "a grey area".

The former deputy prime minister said he would raise the baby as his own but is not sure he is the biological father, Fairfax is reporting.

He claims he was not asked whether the child was his before Ms Campion's pregnancy was revealed to the Australian public on the front cover of The Daily Telegraph, eventually resulting in his resignation from Cabinet.

However, emails reportedly show the paper did ask him this before publishing the story.

The 50-year-old said he physically apart from Ms Campion, 33, for most of the period when the baby would have been conceived.

Vikki Campion. Picture: John Grainger
Vikki Campion. Picture: John Grainger

Mr Joyce confirmed in December last year that he had separated from his wife after winning a by-election in his seat of New England, sparked when he realised he was a dual citizen.

His relationship with Ms Campion, a former staffer in his office was revealed in February and then sparked scrutiny of his travel expenses and also claims of past harassment. The controversy resulted in a sex ban on ministers sleeping with staff and a feud with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The couple was seen walking through Canberra airport on Friday, the first time they've been pictured together since news broke they were expecting a baby.

Barnaby Joyce and his pregnant partner Vikki Campion pictured at Canberra airport. Picture: Kym Smith
Barnaby Joyce and his pregnant partner Vikki Campion pictured at Canberra airport. Picture: Kym Smith

Mr Joyce told Fairfax media he has no intention of getting a paternity test.

"It's mine on the record, there it is," the now back bencher for New England assured.

"I can say even if it wasn't, I wouldn't care. I'd still go through this. I still love him."

News Corp Australia

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