Michael McCormack says ‘there is no vacancy’, again refuses to rule out DPM aspirations

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce listen as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack delivers a statement on outgoing Nationals leader Warren Truss in 2016. Picture: Alex EllinghausenMichael McCormack has again refused to rule out he’s gunning for Barnaby Joyce’s job in his first television interview since the saga began.
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Mr McCormack, the member for the Riverina, stumbled through an interview with Sky News on Monday morning after lying low for the last week.

Mr McCormack avoidedseveral direct questions on whether My Joyce should step aside as leader of the Nationals, instead steering his comments to jobs and infrastructure.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs @M_McCormackMP says @Barnaby_Joyce will continue as the leader of @The_Nationals party and that there is no leadership spill. MORE: https://t成都夜生活/WOGIaWN1R0#SkyLiveNowpic.twitter老域名出售/qj96qnEHTg

— Sky News (@SkyNewsAust) February 19, 2018Terrific interview by @ash_gillon with Nats Michael McCormack – who after asking 8 times FINALLY gets the minister to offer his personal backing to Barnaby Joyce.

— James Massola (@jamesmassola) February 18, 2018The Daily Advertiser.

“I am solely focused on doing my important job as Member for Riverina and my duties as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC,” a statement issued on Friday read.

“I appreciate the recent events in Canberra have generated much interest in the media and in the community, but I am getting on with my work as a minister and delivering for the Riverina.”

At the weekend, he told the Sydney Morning Herald that his colleagues would use this week to “take a temperature reading and see what their own constituents are saying and make considered decisions based on that”, Mr McCormack said.

“Obviously what else transpires – not just in our electorates but obviously on a national front – has to be thought through.”

Asked if he would contest the leadership, Mr McCormack said: “I don’t get too far ahead of myself in anything in politics.”

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