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QLD Premier Does Not Intend To Introduce Workplace Sex Ban

The Queensland premier has no plans to match Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's sex ban, introduced because of Barnaby Joyce's affair with a former staffer.

Cabinet members are bound by a ministerial code of conduct in Queensland, but it does not address the issue of sexual relations between ministers and their staff.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk does not intend to match Mr Turnbull's ban, but said minister's needed to live up to community standards.

"My ministers know the public have high expectations of them and I expect them to meet those expectations."

Mr Turnbull has rewritten the code of conduct for his ministers after the deputy prime minister's affair with his former staffer Vikki Campion.

Ministers now risk losing their jobs if they dare to engage in sex with staff, including public servants, whether they are married or not.

"Today in 2018, it is not acceptable for a minister to have a sexual relationship with somebody who works for them," Mr Turnbull said, while savaging Mr Joyce for his shocking error of judgment.

Mr Joyce has gone on leave and the prime minister has told him to use the time to seek forgiveness from his wife, Natalie, and his four daughters, and to "consider his own position".

AAP

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