Australia to get new deputy PM after party revolt

Australia to get new deputy PM after party revolt

Climate change sceptic Barnaby Joyce, who was deputy prime minister from 2016 to 2018 but resigned after an extramarital affair with a former staffer, won a National party leadership vote on Monday defeating incumbent Michael McCormack.

Mr Joyce, who repeatedly cited "traditional" relationships during his campaign against same-sex marriage, described the "family unit" as "instrumental" to regional Australia.

Barnaby Joyce insisted he has a "vested interested" in women's safety because he is the father of four daughters, sparking laughter from Labor politicians who are concerned about his treatment of women.

Mr Joyce reclaimed the Nationals leadership position on Monday after a spill ousted former leader Michael McCormack.

"I don't walk away from making sure that I can be a better person to do a better job", he said.

Speaking after losing the leadership ballot, Michael McCormack made several pointed remarks about the strength of his personal life and the support he had from his wife Catherine, noting the pair were approaching their 35th wedding anniversary.

The Ensign has contacted the Deputy Prime Minister's office for clarification on if Mr McCormack will remain the Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister.

"That is my greatest achievement, having three attractive children".

Australia will have a new deputy prime minister after Barnaby Joyce won a leadership contest today in the government's junior coalition partner the National party.

Tamworth community leader Elva Shumack said she hoped Mr Joyce had "woken up to himself" and learned from past errors. I think Australians can well remember what went on in the Rudd-Gillard years.

Mr Albanese demanded to know whether Mr Joyce still supported the family being moved to Biloela as Deputy Prime Minister, but the question was ruled out of order as it referred to his time outside the ministry.

In a press conference yesterday after reclaiming the leader position, Mr Joyce said job security in the regions would always trump any climate change policy.

Mr Joyce last week said the two Australian-born Biloela girls, locked in Christmas Island detention for the majority of their lives, would be treated differently if there names were "Jane and Sally".

Ms Davies was among the first to initially call for Mr Joyce to step down as party leader in early 2018, saying the political scrutiny surrounding him had become a distraction.

"Myself and others in the party have gone to great lengths to try and address some of the concerns we see across political parties, not just at a state level but at a federal level - and I'll continue to do that", she said.

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