Barnaby's back - Nationals oust McCormack as leader

Barnaby's back - Nationals oust McCormack as leader”

Joyce said that he would be "guided" by his colleagues on the target.

"Barnaby has always been a supporter of delivering improved transport and infrastructure outcomes", said NHVR chair Duncan Gay, in welcoming new Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, and new Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Barnaby Joyce.

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.

The return of Mr Joyce to the Deputy Prime Ministership after he is sworn in on Tuesday morning has some in the Coalition expecting it will boost their chances in central Queensland, though some are concerned on whether he will hurt their vote with women.

"I'm reminded by that by the people that I love dearly - my four daughters and my two sons and Vikki".

All this is happening as Prime Minister Scott Morrison is still in the United Kingdom after the G7 summit, dealing with an emergency virtual Cabinet meeting to address Australia's failing vaccine rollout.

He stepped down from leadership in 2018 after his affair with former staffer and now partner, Vicki Campion went public.

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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.

"We need to ensure that we give our children, our grandchildren, the strength and the liberties and the capacity to say what they like and the capacity to be what they want to be".

"If the National Party room believes that the best deal for regional Australia is to make sure that we secure their jobs, that we secure their industries. that's the view that I'll support", he told reporters in Canberra.

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

"I think Barnaby will look at the Collinsville power station, but he will look at other sites for the coal-fired power station". "It's called democracy", he said to the press directly after he was thrown out.

"I think they've been focused on themselves a little too much ..."

Mr Morrison, who remains in quarantine following his G7 trip, said he congratulated Mr Joyce on his victory and that he looked forward to working with him.

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