JOYCE TO THE WORLD: I'M LIVING IN A 'BACHELOR'S PAD'

National's leader Barnaby Joyce has gone on the record with Fairfax, hosting journalist James Massola in his rent-free Armidale apartment with the hope of ending the scrutiny over his personal life and dispelling the idea he is living in a "palace". Joyce told Massola the apartment, provided by businessman Greg Maguire, was a "bachelor's pad" and that he and former staffer Vikki Campion will be forced to move out because of the constant media presence.

Campion was not interviewed or photographed, saying only that her yet-to-be born child will be given a middle name to honour her brothers, the only people who knew about her situation before it broke in the media.