FILE PHOTO: Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Sources, throughout an official signing ceremony at Parliament Home in Canberra, Australia March 24, 2017. REUTERS/David Grey/File Picture
June 21, 2021
By Colin Packham
CANBERRA (Reuters) -Australia may have a brand new deputy prime minister after Barnaby Joyce gained a management contest on Monday within the authorities’s junior coalition accomplice the Nationwide celebration.
Joyce was beforehand Australia’s deputy prime minister from 2016 to 2018 however resigned after an extramarital affair with a former workers member.
Joyce, a local weather sceptic, has lengthy harboured ambitions of returning the chief of the Nationwide celebration, a place he lastly secured when he defeated incumbent Michael McCormack in a vote of the celebration’s 21 federal lawmakers.
“Barnaby Joyce has been elected chief of the Nationwide celebration at a federal degree and can due to this fact be going by the varied conditions that he has to undergo,” Damian Drum, a whip in Nationwide celebration, informed reporters in Canberra.
McCormack declined to reply questions including solely: “That’s democracy”.
Joyce will should be sworn in as Australia’s deputy prime minister later, which might then provoke a Cupboard reshuffle.
(Reporting by Colin Packham; Enhancing by Christopher Cushing and Michael Perry)