Barnaby Joyce Elected National Leader After Party Spill

Australia to get new deputy PM after party revolt

In his first appearance as Deputy Prime Minister after overthrowing Michael McCormack, Mr Joyce was quizzed about comments from Australian Women in Agriculture founder Alana Johnson who said his return showed the Coalition was "obviously not listening" to women's concerns.

Joyce, who will be sworn in as deputy prime minister on Tuesday, said his party will only support an energy policy that bolsters the government's appeal in regional Australia - which is heavily dependent on fossil fuel mining.

"If Mr McCormack remains in that position we are keen to keep working with him, and would also like to invite the new Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, to visit Benalla so he can see the two Inland Rail plans now on the table - and why we prefer the track realignment".

Catherine Marriott, a former West Australian Rural Woman of the Year, in 2018 lodged a confidential complaint with the federal branch of the National Party relating to an alleged incident in 2016.

Barnaby Joyce has been chosen as the next leader of the Nationals. "It is not Barnaby policy - it's Nationals policy", he said.

"I still have to take that chair as Scott Morrison is in the Lodge, doing the right thing (by quarantining)", Mr McCormack said.

Joyce was on Monday returned as deputy PM after defeating incumbent Michael McCormack in a ballot for the leadership of the National Party, which forms the governing Coalition with PM Scott Morrison's Liberal Party.

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

Speaking to the media on Monday afternoon, Mr McCormack said he accepted the "democratic process".

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

The spill motion against Mr McCormack was moved by Senator Matt Canavan and seconded by MP David Gillespie on Monday morning.

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

"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.

Morrison congratulated Joyce on his elevated role, saying in a statement that they shared a "passion for ensuring our regions and rural communities thrive".

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