McCormack must live in a parallel universe if he ever thought Broad's account of flying off on an overseas date, followed by an apparent move to extract money from him, was just "a personal matter".
Broad has been forced to quit as assistant minster to McCormack after sensational claims about exchanges with a young woman he met through a "seeking arrangement" website.
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,
Politics podcast: Barnaby Joyce at his provocative best.
Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he could cross the floor on the federal legislation associated with the National Energy Guarantee. “Of course I could,” he says.
As the Joyce saga continued to suck political oxygen in the wake of Sunday's TV interview with Joyce and partner Vikki Campion, he rejected speculation that he might not contest his New England seat.
The Seven Network paid a reported $150,000 for the interview which Joyce and Campion are putting into a trust fund for Sebastian, who was born in April.
Michael McCormack on Barnaby’s future, latte sippers and other matters.
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In this interview Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack pointedly avoids saying Joyce should run again in his New England seat at the election.
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 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.
From Morrison's point of view, McCormack's imagery was totally out of whack with his desired framing. Even within the Nationals there is some criticism of the leader for being inept.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Michael McCormack has rewarded supporters but has been cautious in making changes.
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.
How Barnaby Joyce plays things in the next few months will be relevant to Michael McCormack's ability to run a united team.
Demoralised Nationals will meet on Monday morning to replace Barnaby Joyce.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in Australian politics with Nicholas Klomp.
Barnaby Joyce's position appears to have been weakened rather than strengthened by his publicity tactic.