No 'bonk ban' for NZ ministers: 'They have clear expectations'

'Shattered' Turnbull Joyce relationship threatens to tear apart Coalition

Mr Joyce, who hasn't been able to take a trick in the whole sorry business, came out firing yesterday calling Mr Turnbull's statements inept and unnecessary.

Mr Turnbull and Mr Joyce met in Sydney on Saturday to resolve the war of words that centred around the deputy prime minister's extramarital affair, which dominated headlines last week.

Asked if Mr Joyce could be "rehabilitated", Mr Turnbull told journalist Liz Hayes: "He's apologised".

It was the 27th consecutive Newspoll loss for the Coalition since Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott from the prime ministership, citing the respected poll as a key reason for change.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that support for the embattled Deputy Prime Minister dropped after news of Mr Joyce's affair with staffer Vikki Campion broke.

Lucy Turnbull said she fell in love with the future Australian prime minister when he was a journalist writing a story about her father - former attorney-general Tom Hughes - for The Bulletin magazine.

"I do not believe at this time that's the kind of thing necessary for our New Zealand ministers", Ms Ardern said. "If a member of parliament has something to say to another member of parliament he or she should knock on the door or pick up the phone", he said.

"There was a perfectly good code of conduct in place", Mr Abbott said.

"Barnaby would have known it would derail the government's line, the government's focus and it really is giving Bill Shorten a free kick", Senator Macdonald told the ABC.

"I can assure you that the relations are very strong", he said at a televised press conference in Melbourne.

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"Obviously what else transpires - not just in our electorates but obviously on a national front - has to be thought through", he told Fairfax.

Barnaby Joyce could be facing a coup following controversial revelations about his affair with former staffer Vicki Campion.

Labor MP Pat Conroy described the entire scenario as a "soap opera".

Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday that Barnaby needed to consider this position.

"Saying you're speaking for 25 million people is a bit presumptuous, but I certainly felt that the values I expressed and the action I took, would have the overwhelming endorsement of Australians".

A majority of voters think Barnaby Joyce should vacate the leadership of the Nationals after a week of ceaseless controversy about his private life and an extraordinary bout of open warfare with the prime minister.

Joyce returned fire on Friday, saying the comments had "caused further harm" and signalled he'd resist any attempts to force his resignation as Nationals leader.

Mr McCormack has been floated by some within the National Party as a possible successor to Mr Joyce.

"Does he care more about himself or the country?"

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