February 15, 2018 / 6:45 AM / 3 months ago

Australian PM to ban affairs between ministers and staff

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday said ministers will be banned from sexual relationships with staff under a new code of conduct to be enacted in the wake of his deputy admitting to an extramarital affair with a staffer.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia February 5, 2018. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via REUTERS

“Ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with staff,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

“In 2018, it is not acceptable for a minister to have a sexual relationship with somebody who works for them. It is a very bad workplace practice. And everybody knows that no good comes of it.”

Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Nick Macfie

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