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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull smiles upon his arrival at Japan's Prime Minister's official residence before meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Japan, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Franck Robichon/Pool(reuters_tickers)
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday said ministers will be banned from sexual relationships with staff under a new code of conduct to be enacted in the wake of his deputy admitting to an extramarital affair with a staffer.
"Ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with staff," Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.
"In 2018, it is not acceptable for a minister to have a sexual relationship with somebody who works for them. It is a very bad workplace practice. And everybody knows that no good comes of it."
(Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Nick Macfie)