Fears that Barnaby Joyce's return as Nationals leader will alienate women

Alonzo Simpson
June 22, 2021

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.

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

"It is not Barnaby policy - it's Nationals policy", he said, arguing that his focus would be on getting the best deal for rural Australia.

Supporters of Mr Joyce said they were not certain they had the numbers until the whips read out the result.

Earlier this year Mr Morrison was ridiculed for saying he empathised with former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins's rape allegation because he has two girls.

Joyce, a climate sceptic, has long harboured ambitions of returning as the leader of the National party, a position he finally secured when he defeated incumbent Michael McCormack in a vote of the party's 21 federal lawmakers.

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

Mr Joyce resigned in 2018 after it was revealed he had an extramarital affair with his former media adviser.

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

Michelle Laundry, a Nationals MP who backed the (now) former leader McCormack, said before the spill she'd had a "gutful" of the ongoing leadership chat.

"I think he's done a good job for the last three-and-a-half-years", she said.

The move came after Queensland Senator Matt Canavan moved a spill motion to bring on the leadership vote at a party room meeting on Monday morning.

"I will uphold the dignity of that chair as I have always done".

"It is a great honour to be elected to the leadership of our great party and I know that Barnaby Joyce understands this responsibility and will work hard to give voice to and represent the interests of those Australians who live outside our capital cities".

"A lot of people consider Barnaby a Queenslander".

"On behalf of NHVR staff, chief executive and the board, I congratulate Barnaby and welcome him to the role", Gay says.

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