Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and partner Vikki Campion are now engaged.
The Member for New England confirmed he asked his one-time political staffer to marry him at a Coffs Harbour restaurant on Sunday.
The couple share two children, three-year-old Sebastian and Thomas, aged two.
Their relationship was publicly revealed four years ago when a pregnant Ms Campion was photographed crossing the road in 2018.
Mr Joyce told Guardian Australia Ms Campion said yes, and they were both "very happy". He proposed with a Parti Sapphire ring, with the stone from New England.
He said that if Campion had said no, "I would still be at Latitude 30 getting smashed".
After a very public affair, a failed marriage, a resignation, sexual harassment claims he categorically denies as "spurious and defamatory" and a reinstatement, Mr Joyce told The Northern Daily Leader he doesn't care if the public likes him or not.
"I've probably come back to the batting crease as a veteran player," he says, "I don't pretend to be as fit as a 20-year-old but I'm 20 times more cunning.
"In a funny way I take it as a little bit of a badge of honour.
"As you've seen from the way I have lived my political life: a) I don't want to be liked by everybody and b) I don't mind if I lose my job."
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