Nationals leadership: Michael McCormack on shaky ground, Joyce waiting in the wings

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is confident he has the support of the Nationals party room but admits he may have one or two colleagues who are trying to bring him down.

Speculation has been mounting the Nationals Party is preparing for a leadership spill as early as Monday with some MP’s losing faith in their new leader.

Mr McCormack took over as leader of the National Party in February after Barnaby Joyce was sacked following revelations he had an affair with a former staffer, who gave birth earlier this year.


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“The fact is I have the majority support in the National Party,” Mr McCormack told reporters on Thursday.

“Not one National Party member has come to me and said they’re dissatisfied with anything.”

It appears some want Mr Joyce back.

There have been reports Mr Joyce has been actively seeking support should a spill be called but the former leader denied those claims.

“I have not made one call to one colleague asking for a vote,” he told Sky News on Wednesday.

“There’s been no secret meetings in my room, there’s no WhatsApp group, there’s no dinner conversations.”

However, My Joyce did admit if the leadership was offered to him he wouldn’t turn it down.

“If it was offered to me I’d take it, but I’m not touting for it, I’m not collecting the numbers.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also dismissed the rumours and was quick to brush aside the comments of more instability within the Liberal National Party while addressing reporters in Canberra on Thursday morning.

“You guys can focus on the politics all you like, I’m focused on what the Australian people are focused on,” Mr Morrison said.

“Politics others can go and bang on about. I’m not interested in that. I’m not distracted by it.

“We are a strong Coalition … the Canberra bubble is always the Canberra bubble and I’m not distracted by it. I know the gallery gets distracted by these things, but I don’t.”

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