Australia Deputy PM Michael McCormack Loses Job In Government Climate Split

Yolanda Curtis
June 22, 2021

Better Benalla Rail (BBR) is keen to find out if there will be a new federal minister for infrastructure, transport and regional development in the coming weeks, after Member for Riverina Michael McCormack, who now holds that portfolio, was replaced as leader of the National Party.

Nationals deputy leader for Victoria Steph Ryan on Tuesday said she believed Mr Joyce's previous actions meant he should not have returned to the leadership.

Joyce will need to be sworn in as Australia's deputy prime minister later, which would then initiate a cabinet reshuffle.

"Net zero will happen as soon as possible and the prime minister has made that very clear", she told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) television. "It is not Barnaby policy - it's Nationals policy", he said.

NHVR chair Duncan Gay says he looked forward to working with Mr Joyce to continue to grow safety, productivity and efficiency across the heavy vehicle industry.

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.

There are suggestions Mr Joyce won as many as 14 of the needed 11 votes, but unlike the Liberal Party the two Nationals' whips who count the vote do not announce the numbers even to their colleagues.

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

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.

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

"The federal president of The Nationals, Kay Hull AO, has today congratulated The Hon Barnaby Joyce on his election as the leader of The Nationals and has recognised the incredible service that the Hon Michael McCormack has provided during his time as leader", the statement read.

"Good for him, everyone has their moments and in small towns like ours there's dirt on lots of people", Ms Murray said.

Joyce has previously said he was willing to vote against any government legislation that costs jobs as a result of higher climate standards. "It's called democracy", he said to the press directly after he was thrown out.

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