Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has condemned the slimmed down, part-virtual COVID parliament as living “in a half life” and compromising democratic rights.
The Nationals face the "wicked problem" of how to subvert the uncertain fortnight behind them, with the possibility of further leadership spills constantly looming.
The Nationals would do well to remember they have been able to wield considerable influence in Australian politics, thanks in large part to stable leadership maintaining harmony in the Coalition.
Addressing Tuesday's Coalition party room, Morrison called for unity, reminding members they were not there as a team, and declaring the government had a “contract” with the Australian people.
Michael McCormack moves on from his near-death experience.
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On this podcast, the Nationals leader defends his new frontbench line up against criticism it's short on women, mounts a strong pitch in favour of coal, and rejects claims that he's a weak leader.
The Nationals' meltdown has been triggered by the forced resignation of Bridget McKenzie, and while only a new deputy needed to be elected, Joyce has seized the opportunity to make his leadership run.
Natale's shock resignation comes as former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce announced he would challenge Nationals leader Michael McCormack if there was a move for a leadership spill on Tuesday.
Despite the hype around hazard reduction burning this week, evidence shows the measure does not necessarily reduce the bushfire risk.
Parliament has now finished its sitting fortnight. Michelle Grattan discusses the key issues from it, including Labor's approach to passing legislation given its weaker position in the Senate.
The controversy over the water purchase is based on an old story; the election has enabled it to be resurrected for a powerful fresh spin around the political circuit.
The latest Murray-Darling Basin scandal calls into question whether the government is using public money wisely.
Some from the Queensland LNP, including Matt Canavan, and Barnaby Joyce, are screaming for Environment Minister Melissa Price to act; southern Liberals are praying she doesn't.
For the federal Liberals, the night was a vital morale booster, though the result had been determined mostly on state factors.
Leigh Sullivan speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
One of the Nationals' key KPIs for McCormack has been that he must successfully pressure Morrison for the government to underwrite coal-fired generation.
The former prime minister has changed his mind yet again on the Paris targets, this time because he is under pressure in his seat of Warringah.
Barnaby Joyce on facing the drought and rural women.
Some in the Nationals would like Barnaby Joyce back in the leadership before the election. Joyce says if the leadership were offered, he would be up for it - though he insists he is not canvassing.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in Australian politics with Nick Klomp.
There's a fine line between being out and about and canvassing. Just being visible is all that's needed at this stage of a bid. And Joyce doesn't hide his ambitions for a return.
The National Party has been unable to reach a verdict on a complaint by Catherine Marriott that Joyce sexually harassed her,