BARNABY Joyce said that federal politicians should be allowed to work for Canberra parliamentarians.
He believes that it would help keep families together and would not constitute a conflict of interest.
And he says it's "insanely" that someone can qualify for a job but can not do it because of their relationship.  "They will make a better contribution to the office than most other people," he told ABC.
"They will understand more about where to be, more about how to get there, what you can do and what you can not do."
"You are talking about a partner, who probably knows more about your Office than anyone else (but) can not work at your office, said the former deputy prime minister.
"Canberra is a strange place," said Joyce.
"It's like a big old boarding school on the hill. Everyone travels from miles away to get there.
"And we should also let partners as much as possible be there too."
"It's crazy to believe that if she (Vikki) would work for I could not."
Mr Joyce tries to be the best father he can be to his new son Sebastian in spite of the hoopla about his performance .
Joyce and his partner Vikki Campion greeted their baby boy last week at Armidale Hospital in northern NSW.
Sebastian is the fifth child and first son of the former deputy minister and mr. Campion's first child.
"Seb, Vikki and I went to the national park today. We went down to footy yesterday," Joyce told Sunday ABC television.
"We just enjoy our own company, trying to be a family and hanging around the dining table. I really enjoy it."
Joyce quit as deputy in February after 16 days of scandal over his affair with Campion, his former media advisor .
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull later introduced a ban on ministers with sexual relations with their employees.
But Mr. Joyce said that he is now focusing on spending time as a regular family and being a good father and partner.
"I know that it's peculiar circumstances and people have their plus and minuses about it" said.
"But I will try to do the very best work I possibly can and make sure Seb has the very best dad he may get."