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Australia McCormack digs in as Nationals leader

19:10  14 february  2020
19:10  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Nats leadership spill necessary: McCormack

  Nats leadership spill necessary: McCormack Nationals leader Michael McCormack says Tuesday's leadership bout with Barnaby Joyce was necessary but was "not sure" how close the vote was.Nationals leader Michael McCormack says Tuesday's leadership challenge was necessary but is not sure what the final vote was.

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Nationals leader Michael McCormack intends to lead the party to the next election despite a report claiming that senior coalition figures are backing a leadership change.

The deputy prime minister last week survived an attempted party leadership tilt by Barnaby Joyce, but since there has been a series of leaks against Mr McCormack published in News Corp Australia publications.

The Weekend Australian is now reporting that Nationals and Liberal figures want him to stand aside ahead of the next election to allow Deputy Leader David Littleproud to take over and re-establish stability.

Despite the report and the leaks, Mr Cormack insists he's staying put.

"I intend leading the party to the next election," he told the newspaper.

But he added: "The leadership is the gift of the Nationals partyroom. A week is a long time in politics."

Joyce warns PM over cabinet promotions .
Some Nationals MPs are reportedly prepared to block federal government legislation after Barnaby Joyce's backers were left off the front bench. Mr Joyce failed to overthrow Mr McCormack on Tuesday after a spill triggered a vote during a meeting in Canberra.Former resources minister Matt Canavan quit the cabinet to back Mr Joyce and has not been returned.Key allies of Mr McCormack were promoted, including Mark Coulton and Andrew Gee.

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