Australian Politics – Three Ex National Party Leaders Attack Deputy Prime Minister Joyce

Posted on Wed 02/14/2018 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~

Sounds like a coordinated push to dump him:  

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce

Former deputy prime minister Mark Vaile says the Barnaby Joyce scandal is threatening the Turnbull government, and urged Nationals MPs to urgently resolve the deepening personal and political crisis.

Former Nationals leader Warren Truss has also intervened in the saga, saying Mr Joyce’s affair with former staffer Vikki Campion had damaged the Deputy Prime Minister’s ability to lead and the issue needed to be resolved “constructively and quickly”.

Late on Tuesday, some Nationals MPs were discussing whether to form a delegation that would approach the embattled Deputy Prime Minister and call on him to stand aside.

Add a third former Nationals leader:

Former Nationals leader John ­Anderson has called on Barnaby Joyce to take “direct responsibility” for resolving the political damage inflicted by his affair with former staffer Vikki Campion, as pressure mounts on the Deputy Prime Minister to resign.

Mr Anderson, who served as John Howard’s deputy prime minister, warned the current Nationals leader and his colleagues that, unless they took matters “into their own hands”, the issue would spiral out of control and “end even more messily”.

UPDATE

To avoid the bitterness of a coup, Nationals MPs wanting a change are pushing for an orderly transition to a new leader. Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael McCormack is the overwhelming favourite…

A Liberal MP close to Malcolm Turnbull said the Prime Minister was deeply unimpressed by Mr Joyce’s behaviour. “What people forget about Malcolm is, he is a little bit pious — he doesn’t like this sort of thing,” the MP said.

The Herald Sun understands a handful of MPs visited Mr McCormack in his ministerial office yesterday. He has strong support across the party in three states, and when Mr Joyce became leader, was the preferred candidate of several MPs known as the “anybody but Barnaby group”.

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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