Some of us tuned in to the Sunday Night interview with Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion purely for details on their private life. But those who wanted real answers to questions about misconduct were left disappointed and frustrated.
Not once, many viewers have pointed out, was Joyce asked about reports that murky decisions were made during their affair, potentially resulting in misuse of taxpayer money.
The real scandal of @Barnaby_Joyce was never the affair. The problem was always shuffling VC between @The_Nationals party offices which neither needed her nor wanted her. This was a scandalous use of public money & not one question was asked about it @sundaynighton7 @alextcullen
— Graham Richardson (@SkyNewsRicho) June 3, 2018
Were the jobs Vikki was given created for her?
As journalist Paul Bongiorno pointed out, the 33-year-old was shifted into a new role with Resources Minister Matt Canavan, reportedly when federal government staff learned Barnaby and his media advisor were in a relationship. It is believed to have paid $190,000 a year. When the minister stood aside during the dual-citizenship saga, Vikki was moved to the office of then-chief Nationals whip Damian Drum. Some have suggested that these roles were created for Vikki.
Others have pointed out that a section of the code that says the Prime Minister needs to approve appointments of “relatives or partners” of PMs in other minister’s offices should have applied to this situation despite Vikki not technically being Barnaby’s “partner”.
So far on Sunday Night..with less than 5 Minutes to go, absolutely no political accountability. No explanation of the sweetheart deals shunting Vikki around offices with the PM or at least the PMO’s sign off. All at taxpayers’ expense.
— Paul Bongiorno (@PaulBongiorno) June 3, 2018