The Coalition Government is set to be flung into chaos once again with it bracing for its second leadership challenge in as many months.
Nationals MPs have reportedly been plotting to oust party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack – a move that has angered members of the Liberal Party, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
With Saturday’s by-election in the Sydney seat of Wentworth looming, doubt has also been cast over whether the Liberal Party will be able to retain its one-seat majority.
Nationals MPs have reportedly been plotting to oust Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack (pictured) – a move that has angered members of the Liberal Party
Disgraced former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has his eye on taking back his former position but has denied he had called on political friends for support.
‘I have not made one call to one colleague asking for a vote.
‘There’s been no secret meetings in my room, there’s no WhatsApp group, there’s no dinner conversations going away to a restaurant,’ Mr Joyce told Sky News on Wednesday.
He reportedly has his Queensland supporters doing the numbers, with them confident he will be able to out-do Mr McCormack or request he stand down.
Mr McCormack hit out at his internal critics in parliament on Tuesday.
‘These inside Canberra games you are playing, they will come back to bite you, don’t worry about that. Look in the mirror and ask if that is really serving the people of Australia,’ he said.
In a shock move Wednesday night, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, revealed he had no intention of running in any spill, despite him largely regarded the future Nationals leader.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud (pictured) revealed on Wednesday he had no intention of running in any spill, despite him largely regarded the future Nationals leader
Despite the angry backlash earlier this year amid his affair with former secretary Vikki Campion, many believe Mr Joyce can repair his reputation.
‘It is faux modesty to say if you’re offered a job, you’d turn it down. That is garbage. If it was offered to me I’d take it, but I’m not touting for it, I’m not collecting the numbers,’ Mr Joyce said.
The National party room has 22 members who have agreed there was a chance their former leader may call for a spill and resume his position before the year was up, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
While many think he has more suitable leadership qualities than Mr McCormack for the top job, others believe he his reputation has plummeted far beyond repair.
‘He would be political poison for our female vote in regional areas,’ one Nationals MP said.
Despite the angry storm of backlash earlier this year amid his affair with former secretary Vikki Campion, many believe Mr Joyce (pictured) can repair his reputation