What Nats leadership spill means for Canavan
A DAMAGING battle which had CQ's National party members on opposing sides has been put to rest (for now) after a leadership spill in Canberra yesterday.
Incumbent leader Michael McCormack had the numbers to survive what was regarded by many to be a closely contested leadership ballot against former party leader Barnaby Joyce.
Mr McCormack took over in February 2018 after Mr Joyce resigned, but many of his colleagues had been disappointed in his performance, arguing he had a low public profile and had not been effective in fighting within Cabinet for regional issues.
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry stood faithfully by her party leader while Rockhampton-based Senator Matt Canavan took a gamble, resigning from his position as a Cabinet Minister to back Mr Joyce's bid to return to the top job.
Mr Joyce's failure to win ensured Senator Canavan lost his prized roles as Resources Minister and Minister for Northern Australia, relegating him to the back bench to assume the role of Senator Bridget McKenzie's deputy leader in the Senate.
Queensland's David Littleproud was successful in his bid to take over her vacancy as the Nationals deputy leader.
Senator Canavan offered his congratulations to Mr McCormack and Mr Littleproud and committed to supporting them in his role as a Senator for Queensland.
"The Nationals party is at its best when it acts as an amplifier for the concerns and frustrations of those that live in areas where the light at night comes from the moon or the stars, not fossil fuel powered electricity," he said.
"The Nationals have grown and consolidated their vote over the past three elections, and if we keep fighting hard for workers we will continue to do that. I look forward to working with my Nationals colleagues and the broader Coalition to do that."
Ms Landry was glad the party could finally move on and get on with the job of representing Central Queensland.
"The spill motion was an unwelcome distraction from paying tribute to our volunteer firefighters where some paid the ultimate sacrifice to save lives and property and I will be paying tribute to the brave men and women who fought the bushfires in Cobraball and Bungundarra last year," Ms Landry said.
"Myself and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack have a good working relationship and he has helped me to lobby and advocate to secure billions of dollars in infrastructure funding for Capricornia so people can be safer while using our roads.
"His leadership is like that of (former Deputy Prime Minister) Warren Truss, the quiet achiever, he gets results behind the scenes, not trumpeting it in the media."
Ms Landry was glad to see a fellow Queenslander be elected to the Deputy Leader position.
"David Littleproud has accepted every invite I've extended to him to visit Yeppoon during the bushfires last year and afterwards during the recovery effort," she said.
"He is a passionate advocate for the bush and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as Deputy Leader."