National Party of Australia leadership elections

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The leader of the National Party of Australia (former the Australian Country Party and National Country Party) is elected by majority vote of the federal parliamentary party. A deputy leader is elected in the same fashion. The party's longest-serving leader is Earle Page, who held the office from 1921 to 1939. It is historically rare for the incumbent leader and deputy leader to be opposed in a bid for re-election.

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1920s

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Earle Page (party leader 1921–1939)

1930s

1950s

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John McEwen (party leader 1958–1971)

1960s

1970s

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Doug Anthony (party leader 1971–1984)

1980s

1990s

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Tim Fischer (party leader 1990–1999)

2000s

2016

On 11 February 2016, National Party leader, Warren Truss announced his intention to retire at the 2016 federal election would immediately stand aside as Leader of The Nationals. Truss's deputy Barnaby Joyce, was elected unopposed as Truss' replacement, with Fiona Nash as his deputy. [37] Consequently, Joyce was then sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister of Australia on 18 February 2016. [38]

2018

On 26 February 2018, the Nationals held a party room meeting at which Barnaby Joyce formally resigned to the backbench. Michael McCormack was seen as the favourite to become leader, and was the only declared candidate as at 25 February. At the meeting he secured the support of a majority of the 21 National Party parliamentarians, seeing off a last-minute challenge from Queensland MP George Christensen. [39] [40]

2020

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