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Joyce looked visibly under strain during the day and sources said he was not in a good head space. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Barnaby Joyce takes personal leave after horror day

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 government leader in the Senate, Mathias Cormann, congratulates Steven Martin after his maiden speech. Now Martin has joined the Coalition team. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Independent crossbencher Steve Martin joins Nationals, giving the party a Tasmanian presence

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.
No about-face: Barnaby Joyce (left) may have gone to the backbench, but his successor Michael McCormack looks set to keep his climate views aflame. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

The Nationals have changed their leader but kept the same climate story

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.

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