As the Joyce saga continued to suck political oxygen in the wake of Sunday's TV interview with Joyce and partner Vikki Campion, he rejected speculation that he might not contest his New England seat.
The Seven Network paid a reported $150,000 for the interview which Joyce and Campion are putting into a trust fund for Sebastian, who was born in April.
Michael McCormack on Barnaby’s future, latte sippers and other matters.
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In this interview Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack pointedly avoids saying Joyce should run again in his New England seat at the election.
Joyce sought leave from the Nationals whip, Michelle Landry, and he has been granted a parliamentary pair by Labor – which means the numbers in the House of Representatives will not be affected.
The Nationals now have their first Tasmanian senator since the Tasmanian tiger was last sighted, but that does not greatly reduce the challenges the government faces in passing legislation.
From Morrison's point of view, McCormack's imagery was totally out of whack with his desired framing. Even within the Nationals there is some criticism of the leader for being inept.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Michael McCormack has rewarded supporters but has been cautious in making changes.
Barnaby Joyce had a long history of opposing climate action. His successor Michael McCormack seems to think the same way, despite climate being a growing threat to the Nationals' rural voters.
How Barnaby Joyce plays things in the next few months will be relevant to Michael McCormack's ability to run a united team.
Demoralised Nationals will meet on Monday morning to replace Barnaby Joyce.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in Australian politics with Nicholas Klomp.
Barnaby Joyce's position appears to have been weakened rather than strengthened by his publicity tactic.
Barnaby Joyce has dismissed a call from the Western Australian state Nationals for him to stand down.
Sources in the Barnaby Joyce camp say there is no way he will step down before Monday's party meeting.
The two-party vote has the Coalition trailing Labor 47-53%, compared with 48-52% a fortnight ago.
As the crisis within the Coalition deepened, Barnaby Joyce held a news conference to respond to Malcolm Turnbull's denunciation of his personal behaviour.
Michelle Grattan sits down with Deep Saini to review the week in politics.
In the most spectacular manner, Malcolm Turnbull has publicly trashed his relationship with Barnaby Joyce.
Some Liberals have been unhappy at the prospect of Barnaby Joyce being acting prime minister when Malcolm Turnbull visits the US.