Barnaby Joyce Reclaims Nationals Party After Leadership Spill

Barnaby Joyce Reclaims Nationals Party After Leadership Spill

Barnaby Joyce Reclaims Nationals Party After Leadership Spill

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.

Joyce previously held the Nationals' leadership but stepped down in a 2018 scandal when it was revealed the married father-of-four had an affair with a young adviser and she was pregnant.

"Those mistakes have been made and for women to actually feel any sense of trust in the National party there is an terrible lot that needs to be rebuilt".

The Nationals do not have a federal representative in Western Australia.

An investigation conducted by the National Party was inconclusive and made no determination on the complaint because of insufficient evidence.

BBR member David Moore said he couldn't see Mr McCormack remaining in that role, but noted that was just a hunch.

He addressed his reasons for stepping down as leader on Monday, stating that he wanted "clear the air" and had grown since returning to the backbench.

The Speaker told them to quieten down before My Joyce continued: 'I have an incredible vested interest in making sure women in agriculture and every section of society have the best opportunity in the safest environment they could possibly live in'. "I acknowledge my faults", he told reporters.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) welcomes the appointment of Barnaby Joyce as federal infrastructure and transport minister and thanks outgoing minister Michael McCormack.

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However, the return of Mr Joyce as leader means Scott Morrison will likely face an uphill battle trying to get his own government to support then idea.

McCormack said he was disappointed with the result but wished Barnaby Joyce well in the role.

"Barnaby Joyce now needs to demonstrate why he should be back where he is".

Speaking to the media Joyce said he would be guided by his colleagues on the approach to climate change related policies.

Tamworth Ladies' Golf president Lynne Collier said she would "support" the Nationals' decision to make Mr Joyce their leader.

Greens Senator Larissa Waters on Tuesday also added her voice to concerns around the promotion of Mr Joyce.

Chief Nationals Whip Damian Drum described the Nationals as "the most democratic party" in Australia, but the exact count was unclear because the votes were confidential.

"This is a move that is an insult to women everywhere".

Labor targeted Mr Joyce over his history with women, his climate change scepticism, and a potential rift with Prime Minister Scott Morrison over the Biloela family, as it looked to take advantage of the leadership spill.

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