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Barnaby Joyce pointed out sharply that the government’s survival in 2016 had been due to the Nationals’ good performance. Perry Duffin/AAP

The Nationals will be battling to protect territory and clout amid Coalition angst

A northern New South Wales bookmaker has got it about right on the New England byelection. “Barnaby will be a shorter price than Winx,” he told a National. “And the only one who could beat Barnaby is Winx…
Barnaby Joyce will replace Warren Truss as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Truss out, Joyce in – what next for the Nationals?

Under new leader Barnaby Joyce, the Nationals – the most-successful minor party in Australia’s political history – will pretty much continue to be treated as the Akubra wing of the Liberals.
The succession weighs on the mind of the cautious Warren Truss as he contemplates his future. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Jostling underway in Nationals for post-Truss era

A rather arcane argument this week about responsibility for water in his government might have given Malcolm Turnbull cause for pause.
Warren Truss and Barnaby Joyce speak to the media during a press conference at Parliament House. Lukas Coch/AAP

Nationals extract their pound of flesh from Turnbull

The Nationals, who have previously been suspicious of Malcolm Turnbull, have used the negotiation of a fresh Coalition agreement with the new prime minister to extract a range of concessions.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird looks likely to keep enjoying the view from the top of the state after the March 28 poll. Mike Baird/Facebook

NSW voters set to back Baird, but upper house is too close to call

With just a day of campaigning left in the New South Wales election, the result is already clear. Mike Baird's government will be re-elected – but the battle for 21 upper house seats will be crucial.
NSW Deputy Premier and Nationals leader Troy Grant kicked off his party’s election campaign launch on March 15 by speaking in Wiradjuri. Nikki Short/AAP

Wiradjuri words show the power of learning Australia’s first languages

NSW Nationals' leader Troy Grant has broken new ground by speaking Wiradjuri in parliament and at his party's election launch – and it reflects a growing Indigenous language revival in NSW.

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