A week after his affair with a staff member was made public, Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been accused of "pinching bums" in a series of texts, relating to a 2011 awards ceremony, that were sent to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's office in 2015.

Both The Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph ($) report that texts from John Clements, a former chief adviser to Joyce-rival and former Independent Tony Windsor, described the incident to Turnbull's principal private secretary, Sally Cray, on December 30, 2015.