Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is under intense new pressure.
Barnaby Joyce, supposedly on 'leave', is out in the media as part of his fightback against those who would like him out of the deputy prime ministership.
Barnaby Joyce has dismissed a call from the Western Australian state Nationals for him to stand down.
Sources in the Barnaby Joyce camp say there is no way he will step down before Monday's party meeting.
The two-party vote has the Coalition trailing Labor 47-53%, compared with 48-52% a fortnight ago.
Media reporting of the Barnaby Joyce affair would have been so much better if journalists had established substantial public-interest justifications before breaking the story.
As the crisis within the Coalition deepened, Barnaby Joyce held a news conference to respond to Malcolm Turnbull's denunciation of his personal behaviour.
Michelle Grattan sits down with Deep Saini to review the week in politics.
Banning relationships is likely to be ineffective and may result in disengagement, secrecy and resentment by employees of the encroachment of employment policies into genuinely private matters.
In the most spectacular manner, Malcolm Turnbull has publicly trashed his relationship with Barnaby Joyce.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced that sexual relations between ministers and their staff will be prohibited.
On Wednesday Barnaby Joyce shored up support within the Nationals to continue as leader, but on Thursday he was seriously on the back foot.
Some Liberals have been unhappy at the prospect of Barnaby Joyce being acting prime minister when Malcolm Turnbull visits the US.
Barnaby Joyce's greatest protection in the short term remains the absence of a strong alternative.
The appointment of ministerial advisers is based on a party-political network of patronage, where the primary consideration is loyalty to the political party – not merit.
Barry O'Sullivan has declared that Barnaby Joyce remains a big asset to the Nationals despite the sharp grassroots reaction to his affair with his former staffer.
Labor is eyeing possible openings to exploit in the liaison between Barnaby Joyce and his former staffer Vikki Campion.
Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
There's one very significant difference between the Joyce-Campion and Cairns-Morosi affairs.
There is not a great deal to be said for Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffle, and quite a lot to be said against it.