Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who revealed in parliament last year that his 24-year marriage had broken down, is expecting a baby with a former member of his staff.
Rumours of the affair and baby surfaced during the New England by-election in October but they have not been confirmed.
“It’s something I view as none of my business,” Labor frontbencher Tony Burke told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.
“This ricochets and affects families. There’s a principle here that I’ve always abided by to not engage in anything that hits the private lives of other members of parliament.”
The staffer is Mr Joyce’s former media adviser Vikki Campion, 33, according to News Corp.
The couple have reportedly moved in together, and their baby is due in April. Mr Joyce, 50, has four daughters from his marriage to Natalie Joyce.