Barnaby Joyce sworn in as Nationals leader, Deputy PM

LATEST @ 8.30 AM | Barnaby Joyce is now officially the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the Nationals party.

The 54-year-old signed the oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony at Government House on Tuesday morning.

He was supported by his partner Vikki Campion and two young sons.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison watched on via video conference from The Lodge, where he remains in quarantine after recently returning from overseas.

Barnaby returns to the position three years after he resigned following harassment claims.

It comes after he toppled former Nationals leader Michael McCormack at a snap party room spill yesterday.

EARLIER @ 7.00 AM | Barnaby Joyce is just hours away from being sworn in as leader of the Nationals party and Deputy Prime Minister – for the second time.

It comes after the 54-year-old won a snap leadership spill against former Nationals leader Michael McCormack in Canberra yesterday.

Mr Joyce will take and sign the oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony at Government House this morning.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is still stuck in quarantine at The Lodge and will therefore attend via video conference.

The move comes three years after Barnaby Joyce resigned as Nationals leader and Deputy PM after sustained pressure over his relationship with a former staffer.

Nationals Senator Matt Canavan, who moved the spill motion during yesterday’s party room meeting, said he believes Barnaby is the perfect person to lead the party.

“He may not look it, but he is still a young, spring chicken,” he told TODAY.

“This game takes a bit of a toll on you physically and what have you, but he hasn’t been in politics all that long in the scheme of things.

“I do think what this country needs is experienced leaders. You know, Barnaby was elected only in the mid-thousand, not — mid-2000s.

“He is is part of a great team in the National Party but we have a very loud voice leading us now and can only mean good things for the people we represent out in the bush, but all Australians who want to see this country put first, want to see our industries and jobs come back to Australia. Barnaby will be a voice for them.”

David Littleproud will remain on as deputy leader of the party.

Barnaby Joyce

Barnaby Joyce plays down talk of National Party leadership spill

Former leader Barnaby Joyce has played down speculation he will challenge Michael McCormack for leadership of the Nationals party.

It comes following growing speculation that there could be a National Party leadership spill as early as today.

But Mr Joyce shot down the rumours when questioned by Sunrise this morning, insisting he’s not gunning for his old job back.

“There’s no prospect of a spill at this point in time” he said.

“I think he [Michael McCormack] is doing the best job he can, he is a good bloke and has been working as hard as he can”.

However, Barnaby did admit that he believes the party “could do things differently”.

“There are times where I think we could do things differently no doubt, but that’s a decision for the party room,” he said.

“I’ve read articles this weekend which are so far ahead of the show, they’re entertaining, they’re just not correct.

“I’m not going to start delving into what is National party business, they can have that, they can make those discussions and decisions themselves.”

Barnaby unsuccessfully challenged Mr McCormack for the leadership in February 2020.

TOKYO BOUND! Full list of Aussie swimmers heading to Olympics

The Australian team for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics has been revealed, with 35 swimmers making the side.

It comes after the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials wrapped up in Adelaide overnight following a blistering week of racing, which saw a number of World and Commonwealth records broken.

Among those packing their bags for Tokyo are Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell, who join swimming legend Leisel Jones as the only Aussie swimmers to ever make four Olympic Games.

A massive 21 debutants have also been named in the side.

“Tonight’s selection caps a special week in the pool, with exceptional achievements from our athletes,” Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman said

“Swimming has such an incredible Olympic history for our country and this Team is ready to build on that legacy with their own inspiring performances in Tokyo.

“Congratulations to all of the athletes, the coaches, support staff, friends and family who have been there every step of the way to help them realise their Olympic dream.”

Mr Chesterman praised Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm for their Olympic milestone.

“Achieving a feat of four Olympic Games, only reached by one Australian swimmer in history, is testament to their persistence, character and talent and I am thrilled to have such fantastic ambassadors on the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo,” he said.

Matt Wilson was also nominated to the Team under Swimming Australia’s selection policy under “extenuating circumstances”, following the death of his grandmother.

While the Tokyo Olympics dream for pop star Cody Simpson came to an end after he finished 8th in the final of the 100m butterfly.

Despite missing out on a spot in the team, the 24-year-old said he’s already achieved his goal for this year.

“What an experience racing at my first Australian Olympic Trials. To make a final was our goal this year and with less than a year of training we did just that,” Simpson wrote on Instagram.

“I’ve come so much further than I expected to this year and to be racing the best in the country already is a privilege.

“Thanks to @hawkebr and my training partner Matt Targett for pushing me everyday back in the USA throughout COVID and to my new coach Michael Bohl for the wisdom and swift preparation!

“I’m so psyched to get back to training. See you in 3 years.”

The Swimming will take place from 24 July to 1 August at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING TEAM

WOMEN:

Bronte Campbell

Cate Campbell

Ariarne Titmus

Tamsin Cook

Jessica Hansen

Madeleine Gough

Meg Harris

Abbey Harkin

Chelsea Hodges

Emma McKeon

Kaylee McKeown

Jenna Strauch

Brianna Throssell

Kiah Melverton

Emily Seebohm

Madi Wilson

Mollie O’Callaghan

Leah Neale

MEN:

Kyle Chalmers

Elijah Winnington

Jack McLoughlin

Mitch Larkin

Tristan Hollard

Zac Stubblety-Cook

Matt Temple

Brendon Smith

David Morgan

Se-Bom Lee

Cam McEvoy

Zac Incerti

Tommy Neill

Alexander Graham

Mack Horton

Matt Wilson

Isaac Cooper

Infamous

WATCH: Adults-only circus cabaret Infamous returns this weekend

Hold on to you seats Gold Coast – the wildest circus and cabaret spectacular INFAMOUS is coming back to town.

That’s right! The Spiegel big-top has been erected in the Broadwater Parklands, standing tall, proud and risqué once more.

Featuring beautiful stars and amazing acrobats, the adults-only show is jam-packed full of entertainment that will have you gasping in shock or buckled-over laughing.

The Assistant Director of Infamous Michelle Jarman is glad to be back on the Gold Coast, saying it’s been way too long between drinks.

“We have always been warmly received by Gold Coasters – perhaps it says something about their flirtatious and fun-loving natures!

“In 2021, everything is amplified. This year INFAMOUS will deliver even greater gravity defying aerial artistry and flying trapeze.

“Our favourite cheeky clown, Jessie Mikie Grant is back with hilarious antics and fresh comedy routines while Merrick and Joseph will have you on the edge of your seat with unbelievable stunts and Wheel of Death feats.

“There is also a stellar line-up of world-class dancers and singers that are sure to entertain and enthrall all night long!

“You’ll laugh, you’ll blush, you’ll gasp with fear – it’s all a part of the INFAMOUS excitement!”

And the best part? Tickets are on sale NOW, and runs from June 18 to August 8.

Get a sneak peek of the show below:

For more information, visit: infamous.net.au

Stab

Teen girl, woman charged over Nerang knifepoint carjacking

A 14-year-old girl and her 21-year-old female accomplice have been charged over the terrifying knifepoint carjacking of a woman on the Gold Coast yesterday.

The pair is accused of ambushing the 39-year-old supermarket worker in the carpark of a shopping centre on Beaudesert-Nerang Road at Nerang around 6.00am.

They allegedly threatened the woman with a knife before stealing her vehicle.

Around an hour later, the stolen car ploughed into a light pole on Markeri Street at Mermaid Waters.

A 14-year-old Coomera girl, who was allegedly behind the wheel of the vehicle, was arrested and has since been charged with armed robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Her passenger, a 21-year-old Coomera woman, has also been charged with one count of armed robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The carjacking victim managed to escape uninjured.