Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Barnaby's back - Nationals oust McCormack as leader

Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce and Deputy Prime Minister Michael Mc Cormack during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in May Australia to get new deputy PM after party revolt
Cecil Davis | 22 June, 2021, 23:23

"Michael McCormack made a significant contribution to the Infrastructure Transport and Regional Development portfolio as evidenced by the Federal Government's infrastructure investment program and CCF National congratulates him on his achievements since he came to the position in early 2018", CCF CEO Chris Melham says.

Mr Joyce will take the reigns as Scott Morrison's Deputy, forcing the PM to reshuffle part of his frontbench.

Barnaby Joyce has warned Australian freedom could be challenged as China rises, with a more uncertain outlook for regional peace.

The Nationals leader noted the world was changing and backed a re-elected coalition government as the only clear choice to manage the global stage. "It is not Barnaby policy - it's Nationals policy", he said.

"We will be keen to make contact with a new minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development, if there is one", Mr Moore said.

Wasting no time, it is understood when he spoke with Mr Morrison he already had a list of what would be needed to win key seats.

Mr Joyce resigned in 2018 after it was revealed he had an extramarital affair with his former media adviser.

Joyce reportedly won the party room ballot to oust Michael McCormack from the top spot, after days of speculation the Nationals party was beset by yet another leadership crisis.

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"I want to make sure that we have a process that we can go to places such as central Queensland, that we have the capacity to ... give us the very best chance of winning the next election", he said.

Mr Joyce said the sexual harassment allegations against him were "spurious and defamatory".

McCormack declined to answer questions adding only: "That's democracy".

"I'm reminded of that by the people that I love most, my four daughters and my two sons and (partner) Vikki (Campion)".

Alana Johnson, a founding member of the Australian Women In Agriculture group, told ABC Radio on Tuesday she believed Mr Joyce's return as leader showed the Nationals weren't listening to women.

"I will try, always, to be the better person".

"A lot of people consider Barnaby a Queenslander".

McCormack said he was disappointed with the result but wished Barnaby Joyce well in the role. "It's called democracy", he said to the press directly after he was thrown out.