Vikki Campion was told to abort Barnaby Joyce’s baby and spent pregnancy ‘living out of her car’ before going on to have two healthy sons with the Deputy PM
- Former political adviser Vikki Campion has two sons with Barnaby Joyce
- While pregnant with her first son, Coalition staff told her to have an abortion
- Heavily pregnant and jobless she ended up living out of her car and in Airbnbs
- She was hounded over her affair with then married Deputy Prime Minister Joyce
- While preparing to give birth to son Sebastian she had to move states twice
Former political adviser Vikki Campion has revealed she spent her pregnancy with Barnaby Joyce’s first son ‘living out of my car’ while being hounded about her relationship with the then married Deputy Prime Minister.
The onetime journalist has opened up about the hardships she faced after revelations of her love affair and child with Mr Joyce surfaced in early 2017.
Ms Campion left her position at Mr Joyce’s office that April due to the scandal and claims ‘conservatives’ within the National Party urged her to have an abortion.
‘At the time, I was jobless, heavily pregnant, distressed, effectively living out of my car and AirBnBs booked by my brother, with a prepaid phone,’ she wrote in her Daily Telegraph column at the weekend.
Former political adviser Vikki Campion has revealed she was ‘jobless’ and ‘living out of her car’ while pregnant with her first child to then married Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. They are pictured in 2018 with their eldest son Sebastian
Ms Campion opened up about her experience in a opinion piece weighing in on a recent report into parliamentary culture
‘Three times, in three different homes, in two different states, I put together my baby’s cot in my third trimester, only to have to take it apart, pack and move again because of parliament-fuelled hounding.’
In the wake of the scandal, Ms Campion withdrew from the public view, disappearing from social media for two years.
Ms Campion detailed her pregnancy experiences in an opinion piece weighing in on a newly released report into parliamentary culture.
Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins’ review found more than 37 per cent of people currently in parliamentary employees have experienced bullying in the workplace, and 33 per cent have faced sexual harassment.
The report contained 28 recommendations, including targets to increase gender balance in the workforce, and the introduction of a code of conduct for parliamentarians.
Ms Campion claimed nothing will change in the wake of the report and whistleblowers will continued to be shunned and silenced.
Canberra insiders had gossiped for months over Ms Campion’s relationship with Mr Joyce and that she was pregnant to him.
Ms Campion and Mr Joyce share two sons, Sebastian, and Thomas
The 36-year-old had worked quietly behind the scenes for several National Party politicians before taking on her role as Mr Joyce’s media adviser.
Ms Campion was employed in Mr Joyce’s office from May 2016 until last May, before moving to the office of Resources Minister Matt Canavan.
She had previously worked as a senior adviser to New South Wales Police Minister Troy Grant when the Dubbo MP was deputy premier and was an adviser to Racing Minister Paul Toole when the Bathurst MP had the local government portfolio.
Prior to becoming a political staffer Ms Campion worked for eight years as a journalist with The Daily Telegraph.
The same newspaper outed her as the mother of Mr Joyce’s child – before later signing her on a columnist.
In December 2017, the Mr Joyce used the parliamentary debate on same sex marriage to confirm he was no longer with Natalie, his wife of 24 years.
He resigned as Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader the following February amid pressure to quit due to his relationship with Ms Campion, before regaining his position in June 2021 after defeating Michael McCormack in a leadership spill.
The Turnbull government responded to the Joyce-Campion affair by introducing the infamous ‘bonk ban’ on ministers forming relationships with staff.
Ms Campion gave birth to Sebastian, in April, 2018, before the couple welcomed their second son Thomas in June the following year.
The boys have four older half-sisters from Mr Joyce’s first marriage.