24 February, 2018
Joyce argues he did not breach any ministerial codes because at the crucial moments involving the employment of his now partner, because they were not in a relationship when crucial decisions were made that saw her work for two other senior Nationals past year before going on stress leave.
"My parliamentary colleagues and I have urged Mr Joyce to consider his position as leader in the best interests of the federal party and state branches", the statement said. "I never tried to be anything else".
Joyce's woes - and his seeming determination to hold on - led to surreal political theater and mounting tensions between Joyce and Turnbull.
On Wednesday, Mr Joyce told Fairfax he would ride out the storm, but just two days later he said it was "not hard at all" to decide to step down.
Other questions swirling around Mr Joyce include his current living arrangements.
"I'd like to say that it's absolutely important, it's incredibly important that there be a circuit breaker, not just for the Parliament but, more importantly, a circuit breaker for Vikki, for my unborn child, my daughters and for Nat", Joyce said during his news conference.
"All that's going to do is basically pull the scab off for everybody to have a look at", Joyce had told reporters.
Mr Joyce said he has not spoken directly to Prime Minister Turnbull, who is in Washington ahead of talks with President Donald Trump this week, but notified Acting Prime Minister Mathias Cormann of his decision to quit.
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He has been on leave, after revelations that he is expecting a child with his former media adviser.
In April, Mr Joyce's estranged wife Natalie reportedly confronted Ms Campion about the rumours.
Joyce said that he had faced a "litany of allegations" that he did not think had been sustained but the sexual harassment complaint was "the straw that broke the camel's back". "The stand-off it invoked between the cabinet's two most senior figures now represents the gravest threat to the Coalition government since it was formed", the Herald editorial said.
In fact, people widely misheard what the Deputy Prime Minister said.
An uncomfortable monument to Mr Joyce's sex life is the remarkable and often mocked "bonk ban" on minister's and staff.
"I acknowledge your concerns however it should also be said that you don't have a federal member of parliament in the National Party of Australia, your last member spending their time nearly exclusively as an independent and only once or twice coming to the National Party room meetings", Mr Joyce wrote.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten criticised the secret coalition agreement between the Liberals and the Nationals.
The move to the backbench means he will give up the portfolios of Infrastructure and Transport and his salary will drop from $416,000 to about $200,000 a year.