Some in the Nationals would like Barnaby Joyce back in the leadership before the election. Joyce speaking to The Conversation repeats that if the leadership were offered, he would be up for it – though he insists he is not canvassing.
But his critics think he would have a “woman problem” – and Joyce acknowledges that to win support back from rural women he “would certainly have a lot of work to do”.
The former deputy prime minister is the government’s special drought envoy, and ahead of Friday’s Drought Summit he says there’s still a lot to be done. While there’s been some recent rain, even for those farmers who have received it “the real relief does not become evident until such time as the money turns up at the bank”.
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