CQ Senator Matt Canavan ‘in dark’ on Barnaby Joyce saga

QUEENSLAND Senator Matt Canavan has denied knowing of a relationship between Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and a staffer when she was hired to work in his office.

Vikki Campion was transferred from Mr Joyce's office to a media adviser role in Senator Canavan's office in April 2017.

Senator Canavan confirmed that Mr Joyce had signed off on Ms Campion's appointment but said he had "no knowledge" of their affair.

"I had no knowledge of the relationship between Joyce and Campion at the time," he said.

A spokeswoman said Ms Campion was employed in his office to "fulfil a specific communications role".

"Ms Campion was suitably qualified for this role given her long history as a media professional," she said.

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Missing swimmer on north coast, search underway

HAZARDOUS SURF: Surf lifesavers are pleading with the public to stay out of the water this weekend after one of the biggest rescue days occurred on Saturday and swimmer is still missing on the north coast.

Hazardous surf warning and one swimmer missing

Ute and truck smash on highway

CRASH RESCUE: At 2am on Sunday the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to a crash involving a ute colliding with a truck on the Pacific motorway near Brunswick Heads.

Pacific Highway blocked after ute and truck smash

Ferry return to service delayed

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Service will not resume as expected

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