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.
Barry O'Sullivan has declared that Barnaby Joyce remains a big asset to the Nationals despite the sharp grassroots reaction to his affair with his former staffer.
Labor is eyeing possible openings to exploit in the liaison between Barnaby Joyce and his former staffer Vikki Campion.
There is not a great deal to be said for Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffle, and quite a lot to be said against it.
George Brandis will become Australia's high commissioner to London in a reshuffle set to be announced on Tuesday.
This is the second consecutive time the Nationals have chosen a female senator as deputy leader.