>> After a sex scandal and an allegation of harassment, Australia's deputy Prime Minister is stepping down. Barnaby Joyce said Friday, he'll resign as leader of his party, and move to the backbench after weeks of pressure over an extra marital affair with his former press secretary.>> Okay->> Joyce said he decided to quit after an allegation of sexual harassment, also emerged on Friday, he denies any wrongdoing.
With his personal life and the people involved in the spotlight for weeks, Joyce said he hoped his recognition could act as a quote, circuit breaker.>> It's gotta stop, this has gotta stop, and it's not fair on them. It's just completely and utterly unwarranted, the sort of observation that's happened.
If on a humorous side, I think it's gotta stop for the poor buggers who parked outside my house everyday. I think it's gotta stop for them as well, and they need to go home.>> Joyce is leaving his post as leader of the National Party, the junior partner in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's center-right coalition.
With Joyce still in parliament, Turnbull's fragile on-seat majority is saved. The Prime Minister called Joyce's affair a shocking error of judgement.>> It is not acceptable.>> He shot back by calling Turnbull inept. Joyce is a practicing catholic and campaigned on family values, and has separated with his wife of 24 years.
He's expecting a child with his former press secretary.>>
>> The National Party will now elect a new leader, who will also become Deputy Prime Minister.