Mr Turnbull on Thursday took aim at his deputy, saying he had made a shocking error of judgement by having a relationship with an ex-staffer.
“(The comments by Mr Turnbull) caused further harm. I believe they were in many instances inept, and most definitely in many instances unnecessary,” Mr Joyce told reporters in Canberra on Friday.
“All it does is reinvest in the hurt that’s being felt by other people. All that is once more going to do is pull the scab off.”
Mr Joyce said the new ministerial code of conduct announced by Mr Turnbull will create “immense fodder” for the media.
“It is the prime minister’s code, we will support it, and we will do our best endeavours to see it through,” Mr Joyce said.
“It goes without saying that this will create immense fodder for the good people in the media and it will obviously reverberate across all political parties.”
Mr Joyce also addressed Mr Turnbull’s actions in intervening in National Party politics.