Barnaby Joyce Was Remade Leader Of The Nationals, Mere Hours After Saying No Spill Would Happen
Another day, another leadership spill...
Barnaby Joyce has reclaimed his title of Deputy Prime Minister after another leadership spill in Canberra today.
The infamous National Party MP made his bid against Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack after his colleagues lost faith he’d be able to carry them through the next election.
It’s also believed to relate to a lack of pushback from the Nationals on Scott Morrison’s commitment to net zero by 2050, despite McCormack slamming climate change solutions only last week.
— Aza 🌏 (@azahynes) June 19, 2021
This is the second time Joyce has held the position, after resigning in 2018 after a scandalous relationship with staffer Vikki Campion, and an alleged sexual harassment complaint. Amid the rumours of a spill overnight, Coalition MP Michelle Landry told NewsCorp that Joyce’s return to power wouldn’t fare well with female voters.
“I think that if he became leader again there would be women out there that would be unhappy with that,’’ she said.
Barnaby Joyce is now Deputy PM and Nationals leader. The LNP has just lost the vote of lots of women.#NatSpill
— libertydownunder (@libertydownundr) June 21, 2021
Joyce also made an earlier, unsuccessful bid to push McCormack out in February this year. All this is happening as Prime Minister Scott Morrison is still in the UK after the G7 summit, dealing with an emergency virtual Cabinet meeting to address Australia’s failing vaccine rollout.
They’ve switched from a man no one remembers to a man everyone remembers but for the wrong reasons. #Natspill
— Dee Madigan (@deemadigan) June 21, 2021