Barton Deakin Brief: Changes to the National Party Leadership

Written on the 26 February 2018

Barton Deakin Brief: Changes to the National Party Leadership

Today the Hon Michael McCormack MP was sworn in as the new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. This Barton Deakin Brief provides a brief biography of Mr McCormack and an updated Ministry List for the Turnbull Government.

The Hon Michael McCormack was sworn in this morning as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. The swearing in ceremony follows Mr McCormack's election as National Party Leader this morning. Mr McCormack defeated backbencher George Christensen MP
in the leadership vote, after Dr David Gillespie MP and the Hon David Littleproud MP withdrew their candidacies over the weekend.

The change in leadership was prompted by Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP's resignation on Friday February 23, following several weeks of media scrutiny on the Deputy Prime Minister's personal life.

This marks the first change to the Cabinet since Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's December reshuffle. Minister McCormack will continue as Minister for Veteran Affairs and Defence Personnel.

The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Member for Riverina

The Hon Michael McCormack MP is the National Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. Minister McCormack is the member for the NSW seat of Riverina. Minister McCormack was first elected to Parliament in 2010 and was subsequently re-elected in 2013 and 2016.

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