The result will be a deep relief to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who stood to be a big loser if forced to partner with Joyce.
Michael McCormack has rewarded supporters but has been cautious in making changes.
There is not a great deal to be said for Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffle, and quite a lot to be said against it.
Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffled cabinet has five new faces, but one of the Nationals’ best performers has been unceremoniously dumped by his party leader.
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Darren Chester says there is too much hyper-partisanship in Australian politics.
By increasing their numbers within the government, the Nationals were the surprise success story of the election, with a very locally focused campaign.