Barnaby Joyce’s new father-in-law has told the MP’s four adult daughters to ‘suck it up’ and accept their dad had moved on from their mother.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Australia, Peter Campion – who gave away daughter Vikki at a ‘bush bash’ wedding on Sunday – also denied Barnaby’s four daughters weren’t invited to the ceremony.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Australia, Mr Campion insisted Odette, 20, Caroline, 23, Julia, 24 and Bridgette, 26 ‘would have been welcomed with open arms’ to the wedding held at Woolbrook, west of Walcha, in the NSW Northern Tablelands on Sunday.
‘I’d say to them “you missed out on a beautiful afternoon when your father married the woman he is in love with and you should accept he has moved on from your mother … a long time ago”.’
Speaking during his drive home from the ceremony in Woolbrook, northern NSW, Mr Campion said the four sisters needed to face up ‘to the truth’.
‘They were all invited, I saw it on the electronic invitation list we were all sent. No-one was not invited and if they pretended that, it was to get attention.
‘The girls just ought to stop being bent out of shape on behalf of their mother and suck it up and tell their mother … they’re going to Barnaby’s wedding.
Barnaby Joyce married his former political advisor, Vikki Campion, on Sunday (pictured)
Peter Campion proudly gave his daughter away, saying that if Barnaby’s daughters had attended ‘the beautiful afternoon’ they would have been ‘welcomed with open arms’
‘They could have turned up on the day and would have had the front row seats.
‘I would have loved to have met them.’
Mr Campion also took a shot at Joyce’s first wife, Natalie – noting that she ‘used to be the Queen of Tamworth’, but was not anymore.
All Natalie has said about the wedding was a gracious message to News Corp, saying: ‘I would just like to wish the happy couple all the best.’
Mr Campion went on to say that Barnaby’s four daughters should ‘take him back’.
‘I mean, Vikki and Barnaby have been together almost seven years… They should just take him back into their lives. He gave them a great education, helped set them up..
‘He’s not going to cut them off. He’s such a nice guy.’
Mr Campion – who once famously said he would burn Barnaby alive, until he reconciled with his daughter and future son-in-law – said his daughter had been maligned in the media as having stolen Barnaby from his first marriage.
‘This wasn’t the case — love blossomed and she left his office,’ he claimed.
‘She was even stiffed of maternity leave (from the Australian Parliamentary Service) because everyone said it was bad optics’.’
Peter Campion gave away his daughter Vikki (above) to Barnaby Joyce
Mr Campion’s staunch defence of his daughter and new son-in-law came after Barnaby Joyce’s youngest daughter Odette confirmed that none of the four girls attended the wedding.
She insisted her dad ‘didn’t tell her about the ceremony’ – and that she had learned about the nuptials between the ex-Nationals leader, 56, and Vikki Campion, 38, from ‘other sources’.
Odette Joyce hits out
On Saturday evening, just hours before the wedding, Odette used Instagram to share a photo of a friend’s birthday celebration in the Sydney suburb of Manly – which is about five hours south of the venue.
On Monday, she confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that she wasn’t invited to attended the celebration.
She said: ‘Personally I wasn’t invited to the wedding, wasn’t even told about it from my father, I found out through other sources.’
Odette Joyce (pictured) said she was not invited to her father’s wedding to Vikki Campion on Sunday
Odette Joyce posted a photo of a friend’s birthday celebration in the Sydney suburb of Manly to Instagram on Saturday
‘I’d also rather celebrate my friend’s birthday than attend or even think about a wedding I don’t care about nor support.
‘If my father doesn’t want to think about me or even consider me in the decisions he makes that ultimately affect me then frankly I don’t have the time to think about him.’
Odette also slammed her father for allowing a media photographer to shoot the happy couple’s nuptials.
She labelled it a ‘grand attempt from them to stay relevant when everyone is over it’.
‘I also think getting the media involved and having them at the wedding is not only tacky but poor taste,’ she said.
Joyce’s relationship with Ms Campion sent shockwaves through Australia’s political scene when their affair was exposed in February 2018 – two months before she gave birth to their son, Sebastian.
Ms Abberfield, who he was married to for 24 years, was believed to have been blindsided by her husband’s secret relationship.
At the time, Odette posted a picture of her mum and siblings on Instagram with the caption: ‘The real Joyce family #whosbarnaby’.
Barnaby Joyce’s other family, pictured left to right: Daughters Odette, Bridgette, Caroline and Julia. His ex-wife Natalie is pictured, centre
Barnaby Joyce is pictured with his ex-wife Natalie at Federal Parliament’s 2017 Mid Winter ball
Vikki Campion and Barnaby Joyce are pictured with their sons, Sebastian and Thomas
Last month, Julia Joyce posted an Instagram video wearing a bridal dress while her mother appeared to wear a veil.
The video was captioned: ‘Getting ready to crash my dad’s wedding I didn’t get invited to … in my mum’s wedding dress’.
Once their relationship was exposed, Joyce resigned as deputy prime minister and Nationals leader.
The then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull slammed Joyce for what he called a ‘shocking error of judgement’.
It led to Mr Turnbull introducing a so-called ‘bonk ban’ on Coalition MPs to stop them having sex with their ministerial staff.
Ms Campion, an opinion columnist, has spoken candidly about their affair, previously admitting their relationship ‘wasn’t perfect’ but insisting she doesn’t regret the drama surround their infidelity.
‘Even until the day he said in Parliament that I was his partner, I didn’t believe it to be accurate. He said he would be there in the labour ward and I didn’t believe that either,’ she previously said.
Vikki Campion could be seen holding a cigarette at her own wedding reception on Sunday
Vikki Campion is pictured on Sunday holding a glass of champagne and a cigarette in one hand, with her other arm a wedding guest
Ms Campion married the former Nationals MP on Sunday. She wore a cream, strapless dress with a gold motif in her hair
‘You swap your job for harsh stares, paparazzi and paranoia, schoolyard rumours cooking up in Ultimo newsrooms, many without a yolk of truth and you stop answering the door,’ she went on.
‘He has asked me a thousand times: ‘Would you go through it all again?’ And my answer has always been yes.’
He proposed with a parti sapphire ring, a stone popular in his northern NSW electorate of New England, in January 2022.
‘Rather than being down on one knee (to propose) I ended up being down on two. I was saying my prayers,’ he said.
When the couple announced their engagement, Mr Joyce said his family’s reaction was as ‘one would have expected’ and not everyone was pleased.
‘Some are happy and some are understandably not as happy,’ Mr Joyce said at the time.
The wedding was supposed to be a low-key barbecue for around a dozen guests swelled to a party for more than 80 of their closest friends, with a dance floor ordered in for a shed on the property.
Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion are pictured walking into their wedding reception on Sunday
Ms Campion is pictured hugging a guest at her own wedding reception on Sunday afternoon
Vikki Campion is pictured speaking with a guest at her wedding reception on Sunday
Joyce himself jumped out of a Toyota Landcruiser at the property ahead of the ceremony, before guests – including former Nationals MP George Christensen – began to arrive in a convoy of four-wheel drives.
Hours later, the newlyweds beamed as they walked together, hand-in-hand, to greet their guests – donning in his and hers Akubra hats.
A new, gold wedding band could be seen on Joyce’s hand.
Ms Campion wore a strapless cream dress with gold earrings and heeled black cowboy-style boots, as she walked alongside her new husband with a glass of champagne post-ceremony – smiling widely at her guests.
She barely let go of Joyce’s hand as she greeted guests at the reception.
The groom opted for tan trousers with a brown belt and shoes, paired with a white shirt, navy blazer and tie. On his lapel was a pink and green boutonniere.
Vehicles were parked around a white aisle separating rows of white chairs. A single portable toilet could be seen on the trailer of one 4WD.