Barnaby Joyce continues to make headlines while on personal leave

ON LEAVE: Barnaby Joyce will return to work on June 15. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
ON LEAVE: Barnaby Joyce will return to work on June 15. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

HE might be on two weeks of sick leave, but embattled New England MP Barnaby Joyce has still found various ways to make headlines.

Here’s how his week unfolded. Click the headline of each story to read more.

Barnaby Joyce hoses down rumours he’ll retire before the next election, releasing a statement depsite bein on two weeks of sick leave.

The former New England MP and political heavy weight wouldn’t rule out contesting the seat he held for more than a decade. He said the running for the senate was also a possibility.

Barnaby Joyce has been accused of meddling in state politics, by contacting NSW Nationals politicians and urging them to vote against a proposal that would protect women from being harassed as they entered abortion clinics. 

Despite lobbying from Barnaby Joyce, the region’s three NSW Nationals’ MPs all voted in favour for a bill that will see protesters face jail time if they harassing people outside abortion facilities.

The government body conducting an independent audit into the use of public funds by Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion, says the investigation is not yet over. Both Mr Joyce and Ms Campion flatly denied misusing any public funds in their controversial TV interview.

New England MP Barnaby Joyce came out of sick leave to cut the ribbon at the official ceremony alongside Telstra area general manager Mike Marom.

Barnaby Joyce’s office clarified that his sick leave only applies to his parliamentary duties, and that his medical certificate allows him to engage in “light electorate work”.