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The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party. Traditionally representing graziers, farmers, and rural voters generally, it began as the Australian Country Party in 1920 at a federal level. It would later briefly adopt the name National Country Party in 1975, before adopting its current name in 1982.

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Tim Fischer pranked me - and it changed my life

I owe the former Nationals leader a debt of gratitude.
The Age - Published

SBS World News bulletin: 22/8/19

SBS News wraps-up all the national and international news including: Tributes for the incomparable Tim Fischer. The former Nationals leader dies aged 73. Boris Johnson's mission to Europe. Leaders..
SBS - Published

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer 'gravely ill'

Revered Nationals leader and former deputy PM Tim Fischer, who has fought cancer for 10 years, is gravely ill in hospital in Albury, The Australian reports.
SBS - Published

Sunrise apologises over 'dole bludger' Newstart segment

Seven's breakfast program Sunrise has apologised for describing those on Newstart as 'dole bludgers', while Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce says media reports will hamper his ability to continue advocating..
SBS - Published

Newstart: Struggling on $211,000, Barnaby says he knows what it’s like to do it tough

Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce says his own financial challenges prompted him to break ranks to call for an increase in Newstart.
SBS - Published

Barnaby Joyce admits he was wrong to call Indigenous voice a 'third chamber'

The former Nationals leader has apologised for describing an Indigenous voice to Parliament as a "third chamber".
SBS - Published

Barnaby Joyce predicts most of us will starve to death in an ice age

Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce says warmer weather is better than dying in an ice age.
SBS - Published

Barnaby Joyce lobbies for ‘right to be dopey’ to be protected in religious discrimination bill

Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce wants proposed religious discrimination laws to ensure someone can't be fired for expressing a religious view if it doesn't relate to their work.
SBS - Published

Bridget McKenzie tops the list for politicians' travel claims

The Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie spent three out of five nights last year staying at hotels and claiming travel allowances.
The Age - Published

China a benevolent tyranny: Barnaby Joyce

Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has described China as a benevolent tyranny, and argued Australia must be its trading partner, not its servant.
SBS - Published

Barnaby Joyce, partner welcome baby boy

Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce and his ex-staffer Vikki Campion have welcomed their second son, a boy named Tom.
SBS - Published

'The biggest thing I've learnt from him is humility': CEO Natalie Egleton on Ian Sinclair

Former Nationals leader Ian Sinclair is the chairman of a foundation that grants money to regional communities. He's guided CEO Natalie Egleton on both boardroom dynamics and family balance.
The Age - Published

Nats confirm leadership team in Canberra

National Party MPs are expected to keep Michael McCormack as their leader and Bridget McKenzie as deputy at a meeting in the wake of the coalition election win.
SBS - Published

Nationals boost female numbers in Canberra

The Nationals are on track to triple the number of women in the party's federal party room to six following the federal election.
SBS - Published

Nationals set to confirm top brass

Michael McCormack is expected to remain the leader of the National Party as his team's re-elected MPs and newcomers come together.
SBS - Published

Nationals say grassroots play held seats

Nationals leader Michael McCormack is thankful and proud his party held on to its 16 lower house seats at the election.
SBS - Published

'Dopey' GetUp wasted resources: Joyce

Barnaby Joyce says "dopey" left-wing campaigning organisation GetUp has wasted its resources trying to win seats from the Nationals.
SBS - Published

Nats could look at gender equality target

Nationals leader Michael McCormack says he is "absolutely" open to a gender equality target to help more women get into federal parliament.
SBS - Published

Nationals leader downplays critical MPs

Nationals leader Michael McCormack will continue campaigning in his NSW electorate of Riverina including a day at the Wagga Wagga races.
SBS - Published

Nationals leader to campaign on home turf

Nationals leader Michael McCormack will continue campaigning in his NSW electorate of Riverina including a day at the Wagga Wagga races.
SBS - Published

Ex-Nats MP seeks water royal commission

Nationals leader Michael McCormack's predecessor in the NSW seat of Riverina believes there should be a water royal commission.
SBS - Published

NSW town honours Fischer as Nats campaign

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has lauded former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer as the election campaign continues.
SBS - Published

Nationals campaign in Coffs to save seat

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has faced questions from locals about the Coffs Harbour bypass as he campaigned in Cowper.
SBS - Published

'A female-friendly party': McCormack swears Nationals don’t have a woman problem

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says the Nationals don't have a problem with women despite having just two female federal parliamentarians.
SBS - Published

Nats don't have woman problem: McCormack

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says the Nationals don't have a problem with women despite having just two female federal parliamentarians.
SBS - Published

Nationals leader's candid branch meeting

Nationals leader Michael McCormack gave AAP access to a branch meeting in his electorate when about 15 party members grilled him on policy.
SBS - Published

Deputy PM stages revealing Cowra breakout

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has answered about 15 party members' questions candidly at an RSL in Cowra.
SBS - Published

McCormack looks to shore up weak NSW seat

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will announce $10 million for a Coffs Harbour industrial estate as the Nationals try to save the NSW seat of Cowper.
SBS - Published

Coalition promises new water authority

Nationals leader Michael McCormack will outline the coalition's plan for a new statutory authority to plan and manage Australia's water diversion projects.
SBS - Published

McCormack defends preferences, saying Nationals 'more aligned' with One Nation

Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has defended the party's decision to preference One Nation above Greens and Labor.
SBS - Published

Nats aim to prevail in bitter Qld battle

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has hit the wombat trail in Mackay, with the aim of boosting controversial MP George Christensen's re-election hopes.
SBS - Published

Nats' wombat trail may not visit Barnaby

Deputy PM Michael McCormack may not visit Barnaby Joyce's NSW seat of New England as the Nationals leader travels the party's election campaign "wombat trail".
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Deputy PM burrows into Qld marginal seat

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has hit the wombat trail in Mackay, with the aim of boosting controversial MP George Christensen's re-election hopes.
SBS - Published

Nats MP to return if elected, leader says

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is confident crossbench MP Kevin Hogan will officially rejoin the Nationals if re-elected.
SBS - Published

Inland rail sparks angst in Nats heartland

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has met with farmers concerned about the route of the federal government's inland rail project.
SBS - Published

From journalist to deputy prime minister: Who is Michael McCormack?

The leader of the Nationals, Michael McCormack, is finding it difficult to step out of his predecessor's shadow, experts say.
SBS - Published

From the country party to the Barnaby factor: What do the Nationals stand for?

The Nationals began as the Country Party in the early 1900s and are known as the party of farmers, graziers and rural and regional Australians.
SBS - Published

Nationals embark on wombat trail in Dubbo

Nationals leader Michael McCormack has taken the party's "wombat trail" to the NSW city of Dubbo where he will unveil a new drought assistance package.
SBS - Published

Nats candidate withdraws over eligibility

Nationals candidate for Whitlam James Harker-Mortlock has withdrawn from the federal election due to an issue with his eligibility.
SBS - Published

Senior Nationals back MP over Manila trips

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says he has faith in Nationals MP George Christensen now his frequent overseas trips have stopped.
SBS - Published

Nats boss backs MP after trips abroad end

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says he has faith in Nationals MP George Christensen now his frequent overseas trips have stopped.
SBS - Published

Anger at alt-right linked Nat's promotion

Jeff McCormack, who managed Nationals leader John Barilaro's recent election campaign, has been appointed chief of staff to state Water Minister Melinda Pavey.
SBS - Published

From the country to Canberra: Who is Nationals leader Michael McCormack?

Michael McCormack's brief time as leader of the Nationals has been eventful. SBS News takes a look at his political career ahead of the May election.
SBS - Published

Tax cuts, dams on Nationals' poll agenda

Nationals leader Michael McCormack will campaign on lower taxes and regional infrastructure projects during the federal election campaign.
SBS - Published

Nats deputy defends dearth of river funds

Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie says rain - not Commonwealth funding - will fix the Murray-Darling river system.
SBS - Published

Disgraced Nats MP's story of 'redemption'

Outgoing Nationals MP Andrew Broad says his story is one of "redemption and grace" and his family forgave him for using a "sugar daddy" website.
SBS - Published

Ex-Nationals boss lands Snowy Hydro role

The federal government has appointed a former National Party strategist to the Snowy Hydro board.
SBS - Published

Nationals MP hits back at travel 'smears'

A Queensland Nationals MP maintains he is being smeared over his travel, as further details have emerged on how much time he has spent outside of Australia.
SBS - Published

Nats facing crucial leadership crossroads

Nationals leader Michael McCormack is likely to keep his job until after the election when Barnaby Joyce could get his chance to make a comeback.
SBS - Published

Nationals leaders round on Barnaby Joyce

The National Party has again become embroiled in infighting between leader Michael McCormack and his predecessor Barnaby Joyce, as the federal election looms.
SBS - Published

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