Littleproud to compete in the Nationals top track

The high-profile deputy leader of the Nationals, David Littleproud, will nominate for the leadership position from his boss, Barnaby Joyce.

David Littleproud will face Barnaby Joyce for National Party leadership.

The high-profile deputy leader announced on Saturday that he had notified Mr Joyce of his decision to nominate.

“I also took the opportunity to thank him for all his services to our party,” said Mr Littleproud.

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“I think this is the right time to introduce myself as their leader in the recital of my banquet hall.

“Ultimately, this is a decision about who will lead The Nationals into the 2025 election.”

It is now a three-man race between Mr Littleproud, former Deputy Prime Minister Joyce and former Secretary of State for Veterans Affairs Darren Chester.

Chester confirmed his nomination on Friday, marking a fresh start for the party.

“Australians want a calmer, more moderate and more respectful political debate that focuses on policy, not personalities,” he said in a statement on Facebook.

The junior coalition partner will have its first post-election meeting on Monday, where they will disperse leadership according to tradition.

Outgoing and surviving Liberals have blamed Joyce for some of the coalition’s poor performance last Saturday, on top of the negativity surrounding Scott Morrison.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack may also throw in his hat to the party’s top post after criticizing Joyce’s leadership since he lost in a leadership disaster against him in 2021.

Anne Webster will compete for the deputy leadership role, currently held by Mr. Littleproud.

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