It is hard to say how big an influence the Nationals’ stance may have – but history shows us the Yes case in referendums is easily defeated.
The Nationals’ decision sparked a vitriolic response on Tuesday from Indigenous leader Noel Pearson, while the Western Australian National party dissociated itself from it.
Nationals leader David Littleproud said the party didn’t believe the Voice would “genuinely close the gap”
It’s early days for Littleproud’s leadership, but the policy issues the party faces – energy and live sheep exports, for example – are perennial.
The Nationals have long promoted coal for regional development and politics. But new leader David Littleproud could seize the moment and refocus the regional party.
Joyce’s deputy David Littleproud and backbencher Darren Chester have both announced they will run for the leadership of the Nationals.
This election seems to indicate a major division opening up between the city and the bush.
While the Liberal and Labor parties each face several nail-biting contests, the Nationals have have fewer immediate concerns ahead of May 21.
FW de Klerk as National Party conservative was paradoxically the right leader at the right time to relinquish white minority rule.
The Liberals and the Nationals need each other to stay in government. But climate policy gives us an insight into just how precarious – yet effective – that coalition can be.
The Murdoch tabloids have just embarked on a bold new climate campaign, despite previously describing those who want action as ‘loons’.
The Nationals have tried to link the UK energy crisis to its net-zero climate target. But as an expert advisor to the International Energy Agency tells us, the two are unrelated.
The National Party’s position on net-zero is wrong, for so many reasons. Not least, it’s a betrayal of rural Australia.
Mavericks have existed since the earliest days of Australian politics. And they find a natural home in Queensland.
Barnaby Joyce’s pro-mining stance is at odds with the more progressive quarters of the party, and puts the Nationals in a difficult position on global carbon tariffs.
At the end of the day, net-zero by 2050 is a risky and inadequate goal, especially for wealthy nations such as Australia.
Barnaby Joyce is back as Nationals leader, three years since his reluctant resignation.
Matt Canavan on Holgate, Di Bartolomeo, and John Andersen.
Michelle Grattan discusses the National party and Christine Holgate's evidence before a senate inquiry with Senator Matt Canavan
Among modern Liberals it’s patently heresy to ask how rushing to green light 11 proposed coal mines in the Hunter Valley helps the struggling coal industry.
The existing electoral system has attracted extensive criticism for rendering elected representatives unaccountable to those who elected them.