It is often forgotten that the Liberals cannot govern without the support of the Nationals, and this has been the case for almost 100 years.
The National Party has the opportunity to use its role within the Coalition to exercise its influence on behalf of rural Australia.
Barnaby Joyce will be on leave for a week from Monday.
On Wednesday Barnaby Joyce shored up support within the Nationals to continue as leader, but on Thursday he was seriously on the back foot.
Barnaby Joyce on Tuesday morning issued multiple apologies.
Barnaby Joyce's greatest protection in the short term remains the absence of a strong alternative.
Malcolm Turnbull broke out his leather jacket this week and tried to shrug off the tensions consuming his party.
As this year ebbs away, Malcolm Turnbull's hold on the leadership will become more precarious if there is no lift in those relentless Newspolls.
Cyril Ramaphosa celebrates his election as deputy president of South Africa’s embattled governing ANC.
Cyril Ramaphosa is in pole position to become president of South Africa's ruling ANC, 20 years after he lost the position by Thabo Mbeki. But, it won't be easy. Neither will rebuilding the party.
South African President Jacob Zuma kneels as a pastor prays for him.
Once again South Africa is facing the challenge of a compromised relationship between the state and the church. Is Nelson Mandela inadvertently responsible?
As the Nationals’ chief whip, George Christensen has a central role in keeping the party in line.
Bizarre as it might seem George Christensen, the rebel MP who threatened to cross the floor unless the government changed the superannuation package, is the Nationals’ chief whip. After the election Nationals…
Senator Bridget McKenzie, speaking on Q&A.
Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said Australia is one of the few countries in the world to accept foreign political donations. Is that true?
Malcolm Turnbull announces changes to his ministerial lineup during a media conference in Canberra on Monday.
Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne and the Nationals are winners in Malcolm Turnbull's post-election reshuffle, which has promoted only one new conservative Liberal face to the frontbench.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Nicholas Klomp and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Malcolm Turnbull reaffirmed the government’s intention to put its industrial relations bills back to the parliament.
Malcolm Turnbull has publicly conceded the Nationals are entitled to two more ministers.
By increasing their numbers within the government, the Nationals were the surprise success story of the election, with a very locally focused campaign.
Barnaby Joyce was in acute pain on Tuesday when he was in Canberra for the Nationals’ post-election meeting.
Barnaby Joyce's talks with Malcolm Turnbull to discuss the new Coalition ministry were up in the air on Tuesday night after he suddenly returned to his Tamworth home to nurse an injured knee.
Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson.
There is much talk, after the close election and the substantial vote for the bit players, that the message voters are sending politicians is that they want them to work together for the national good…
Since he took over as Nationals leader earlier this year Barnaby Joyce has played a tight team game.
Within the Coalition the only cheer is among the Nationals who could actually gain one in their numbers at an election where the government has lost a swag of seats.
Tony Windsor at his Werris Creek property with Mackdog, who’s a hit on social media.
There is one question that Tony Windsor, the high-profile former crossbencher from the Gillard years who is attempting a comeback in New England, is unwilling to answer. That is: in the (admittedly unlikely…
Tony Windsor will position himself as fighting to get a better deal for the New England electorate.
Former independent MP Tony Windsor is set to announce he will run in his old seat of New England against Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
In the wake of a leadership change in the National Party, a question hangs over how Barnaby Joyce will handle the added responsibilities of being deputy prime minister.
Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash worked closely when he was a senator, and he has been a supporter of hers.
In some circles they call Fiona Nash the "Barnaby whisperer". It's said she's able to calm him down. In electing Nash their new deputy the Nationals have acted wisely.
Warren Truss told parliament that when he became Nationals leader after the 2007 election defeat: ‘nobody wanted the job, including me’.
The Nationals are set to elect Barnaby Joyce unopposed as their leader on Thursday night, which will make him deputy prime minister.