Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has not taken the formal steps to declare that his former media adviser is now his partner, despite living with her and expecting a baby.
Barnaby Joyce lists himself as “separated” on the register of interests
The woman who is having his baby, Vicki Campion, was moved into two other jobs with Nationals MPs
The PM has to give approval if partners are given jobs
But Mr Joyce is yet to list Ms Campion as his partner
Mr Joyce’s former staff member Vicki Campion’s baby is due in April.
He changed his formal register of interests last month to say he was separated from his wife, but has not updated it to add his new partner.
His Nationals colleagues are not certain he can keep his job as party leader, amid speculation over ministerial standards around the time he began the affair.