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The National Party of Australia, also known as The Nationals or simply The Nats, 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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Michael McCormack won't change Nationals’ leadership rules, despite challenge

Nationals leader Michael McCormack says he has no intention of stepping down and dismissed suggestions some of his coalition colleagues want him to go.
SBS - Published

Barnaby Joyce warns any further defections could see National Party disappear

Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce says the party is at risk of disappearing if more MPs jump ship.
SBS - Published

Former Nationals MP Llew O'Brien elected deputy speaker in blow to government

Little-known Nationals MP Llew O'Brien has been elevated to deputy speaker of the lower house after rebel backbenchers voted against the Morrison government.
SBS - Published

Nationals face ongoing political turmoil

Little-known Nationals MP Llew O'Brien has been elevated to deputy speaker of the lower house after rebel backbenchers voted against the Morrison government.
SBS - Published

Australian deputy prime minister survives leadership challenge, for now

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack on Tuesday survived a leadership challenge in a party room vote of the National Party – the junior partner in the coalition government.
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Michael McCormack defeats Barnaby Joyce to retain Nationals leadership

Michael McCormack has retained his role as leader of the Nationals party, saying there has "never before been such an important time" for the party.
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Michael McCormack retains Nationals leadership, David Littleproud named as deputy

Michael McCormack has retained his role as leader of the Nationals party, saying there has "never before been such an important time" for the party.
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Independent report into Bridget McKenzie’s sport grants conduct due by Sunday

An independent check on whether Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie breached ministerial guidelines could be completed this weekend.
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PM Morrison awaits McKenzie probe report

An independent check on whether Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie breached ministerial guidelines could be completed this weekend.
SBS - Published

Constitutional question over sports grants

Scott Morrison has defended deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie for her role in allocating $100 million in community sports grants in marginal seats.
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Scott Morrison defends deputy Nationals leader amid sports grants pressure

Last year Prime Minister Scott Morrison was seen promoting the Community Sport Infrastructure program, and now his former sport minister is facing criticism over her role in overseeing $100-million..
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Scott Morrison is standing by Bridget McKenzie amid sports grants pressure

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is backing the deputy Nationals leader despite questions surrounding her role in overseeing $100 million in community sports grants.
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Barnaby Joyce talks climate, God in 'truly embarrassing' Christmas message

The former leader of the National Party has tweeted his Christmas message to Australia - and it's created a stir on social media.
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Leaders past and present pay tribute to former deputy PM Tim Fischer

Leading politicians past and present have paid tribute to former Nationals leader Tim Fischer at a state funeral in Albury.
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One last train journey as Australia farewells former deputy PM Tim Fischer

The former Nationals leader - and train enthusiast - will be farewelled at a state funeral in Albury this afternoon.
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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..
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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..
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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.
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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".
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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

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