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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.
Warren Truss’ exit from the Nationals’ leadership will clear the way for Barnaby Joyce to take over as deputy prime minister. Lukas Coch/AAP

Nationals need to avoid the Truss timetable creating leadership vacuum

A new dynamic is coming to the Turnbull government with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss finally set to announce on Thursday that he will quit the Nationals leadership, ahead of retiring at the election…
Former industry minister Ian Macfarlane had been in discussions with Nationals leader Warren Truss since the Turnbull reshuffle. Lukas Coch/AAP

Ian Macfarlane defects to Nats, who eye extra frontbench post

Former industry ministry Ian Macfarlane is set to defect to the Nationals, in a move that party sources say would entitle the junior Coalition partner to an extra frontbench spot.
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.
Nationals leader Warren Truss will address the federal council on Saturday. AAP/Lukas Coch

Protect regional students under deregulation: Nationals

The Nationals will debate calls for greater help for students at regional universities, changes to the rules governing takeovers and an end to the five cent coin when the party’s federal council meets…
Warren Truss has told the Nationals’ federal council that Australia has lost control of its agribusiness. AAP/Alan Porritt

Australia has lost control of its agribusiness to foreigners: Truss

Nationals leader Warren Truss has warned Australia has lost control of its agribusinesses and declared a new takeover bid poses a critical test for the Foreign Investment Review Board. Mr Truss told his…

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