'For f**** sake!' Sam Dastyari pops top over Barnaby saga
OUSTED Labor Senator Sam Dastyari has offered some advice for embattled Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce - it's going to get worse.
The once-popular politician, considered a rising star of the Labor Party, used his return to Twitter to comment on the scandal surrounding the Nationals leader.
His late night rant included claims "everyone" knew about Mr Joyce's affair, and apparent threats to out other Conservative MPs who were "f***ing around".
Mr Joyce is now facing calls to resign over his affair with former media adviser Vikki Campion - who is due to give birth to his fifth child in April - and the government jobs she was given once the secret started to come out.
Since the pregnancy was splashed on the front page of the Daily Telegraph last week, further allegations of misbehaviour by Mr Joyce have emerged.
Mr Dastyari, who was forced to resign from the Senate after warning a Chinese donor he may be under surveillance, claimed he had to resign from Parliament for "a lot less".
"Hey Barnaby Joyce, I went for a LOT less. Quit while you are behind," he wrote on Twitter last night. "Trust me - it only gets a LOT worse from here."
2. The job relocation is a clear breach of the rules. We all assumed it would come out during the by-election. For fucks sale - how can you construe the pregnant woman Barnaby left his wife for as NOT his ‘partner’. Who was she then?????— Sam Dastyari (@samdastyari) February 12, 2018
Mr Dastyari appeared to attack claims from the Prime Minister's office that Malcolm Turnbull was unaware of the affair, and assurances there was no breach in rules of Ms Campion being granted jobs in Mr Joyce's and other Nationals MP's offices because she was not his partner.
"Everyone. And I mean EVERYONE in federal Parliament knew about Vicki and Barnaby. Anyone who claims they didn't is either bulls***ing or so out of touch they shouldn't be in Parliament," he said.
And @JulieBishopMP with reference to “glass houses” - I’m totally out of Parliament so very happy to go “tit-for-tat” for every Conservative fucking around. BRING IT ON (seriously, I’m sooooo bored)— Sam Dastyari (@samdastyari) February 12, 2018
Mr Dastyari argued Ms Campion's job relocation from Mr Joyce's office to work for other Nationals MPs was "a clear breach of the rules".
"We all assumed it would come out during the by-election," he said.
"For f***s sake - how can you construe the pregnant woman Barnaby left his wife for as NOT his partner. Who was she then?"
Mr Joyce has not publicly addressed questions around Ms Campion's employment in newly-created roles in his colleague's offices.
He is today facing further allegations of inappropriate behaviour, with the Daily Telegraph reporting claims from a woman who said Mr Joyce "pinched (her) bottom" at a 2011 awards ceremony. Mr Joyce has denied the allegations.
The West Australian has published claims Mr Joyce spent more than $10,000 on family travel while engaged in an affair with Ms Campion.
Liberal Minister Dan Tehan this told Sky News Tuesday morning the Deputy Prime Minister would make a statement today to "refute allegations made overnight".