Australia has been grappling with the news thatis back. Some are happier than others, with much of the conversation centered around the controversial politician’s hopes to “become a better person”.
Mr. Joyce, “clawing his way back”, remained the talk of the town overnight as his “resurrection” to Australian politics trended just hours after his big move toand as well as the leadership, secrets were spilled. Those revelations include that the PM “can’t stand” Mr. Joyce but will be forced to work with him to maintain his leadership.
Across the spectrum, from ABC’s 7.30, The Project, to Sky News’and even the BBC, opinions were mixed on whether the reinstated Nationals leader and now Deputy Prime Minister has learned anything from his past mistakes.
“He has aof being an outspoken Maverick,” political reporter Peter van Onselen told Project co-host, Carrie Bickmore. But it wasn’t just Barnaby in the firing line , radio, and television. The Nationals’ outgoing leader, , was forced to defend his leadership style in the hours since the dramatic vote in Canberra, labeled a dud on Monday night by Alan Jones.
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Mr. McCormack was ousted after days of speculation that was ended by his colleagues by a leadership spill on Monday, replaced by the former leader, Mr. Joyce. Mr. Joyce will be sworn in, but all is not what it seems inside the circle. According to ABC’s chief political correspondent Laura Tingle, a group in the party “looked on in horror” as the vote took place.
Federal President of The Nationals Kay Hull made some points in a statement, claiming Mr. Joyce “understands this responsibility” while hailing Mr. McCormack as strong and determined. “Michael is a man of honor and decency,” she said.
Meanwhile, investigation into the complaint could not find a finding.Nationals leader Mia Davies said it was “very disappointing” to see Mr. Joyce return as the federal leader and made a similar plea to rebuild trust after a rocky relationship with the western branch, which called for his resignation in 2018 after revelations of his relationship with former staffer Vikki Campion. Insufficient evidence meant the
But by Monday night, Mr. Joyce was hailed by Ms. Credlin on her program, Credlin, describing him as a “great retail politician”. “He’s gregarious, he likes people. He’s a lot smarter than his detractors give him credit for, and he works hard,” she said.
But she didn’t give him a free ride, saying at his worst, he can be “ill-disciplined” and “prone to shooting his mouth off before he thinks or worse, he doesn’t do his homework to get the detaactuadata detail right to keep his authenticity and the common touch,” describing that personality trait in the guarded halls of Canberra as “rare”. Ms. Credlin warned, “Those in opposition who think his personal life will impact thisaround need to think again”.
She hailed Mr. McCormack a “decent man” for a graceful exit but claimed he lost the numbers because he hadn’t given the Nationals enough of a “distinctive identity”. Credlin’s Sky News counterpartalso took to the screen, hailing Mr. Joyce’s leadership as one that will “paradoxically save” after a “rather tumultuous political day in Canberra”.
Jones slammed Mr. McCormack, saying, “Anyone who thinks that McCormack was a leader is in serious need of medication”. In a juicy reveal, he claimed the “true reality” was that“can’t stand” Mr. Joyce and was secretly backing Mr. McCormack behind the scenes but will have to keep the new Nationals’ leader in the to keep the numbers in the Prime Minister’s favor.
“Rural Australia has had a gutful of no leadership, and the National Party was staring into political oblivion,” Mr. Jones said. In a statement, thewelcomed Mr. Joyce to the role and said he looked forward to “working closely together to ensure its recovery from COVID-19 and the recession it caused”.
On ABC’s 7.30, Tingle agreed Mr. Joyce’s return “poses bigger problems”, citing Mr. Joyce’s controversial history. “I acknowledge my faults, I resigned, I spent three years on the backbench, I don’tfrom making sure that I can be a better person, do a better job,” Mr. himself on Monday.
Waleed: ‘Strap ourselves in for a wild ride
Meanwhile, on Cha. Tu. nnel 10, Waleed Aly said Mr. Joyce’s trademark fire was “no doubt simmering below the surface as the government and the rest of us strap ourselves in for a wild ride”. Hosting a discussion with political reporter Peter van Onselen on The Project, co-host Carrie Bickmore joked it “had been a while since leadership spills”.
But Mr. Onselen said Mr. Joyce had wanted the job back for a while, and it was only until he had the numbers toMichael McCormack that he could make his move. Mr. Joyce, a father of six, again rejected sexual harassment allegations on Monday as “spurious and defamatory.” Still, he assured reporters and the public that he had also had .
His colleagues seem as divided as the experts. The GuardianWomen in Agriculture, Alana Johnson, said Mr. Joyce’s return was “astounding”. Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with news.com.au’s Samantha Maiden, Nationals MP Michelle Landry that some women within the party and the broader community would not cop Mr. Joyce’s rehabilitation as a leader.
Whether Mr. Joyce will successfully manage and merge country and city this time around, only time will tell. Yet according to toThe, “several women from Mr. Joyce’s New England electorate said they supported their local MP taking up the leadership. “Barnaby does have a heart for the country. I hope he might get on with doing something about the mice plague,” Tamworth community leader Elva Shumack told the publication.