Nationals prepare for spill
Mr Joyce made his case on the Seven Network ahead of a party room meeting on Monday, saying the junior coalition party must be doing something right given it retained all its seats at the federal election.
“In the last two elections, that I’ve been the leader, we’ve only picked up seats. We must be doing something right but the job is not over.”
Leader of the Nationals Barnaby Joyce speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra. Source: AAP / LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE
Mr Joyce refused to say if he had to numbers to remain leader.
“That’s hubris. You don’t run around telling people you’ve got the numbers, you leave that to the room and I’ll be doing precisely that,” Mr Joyce said.
More women in senior positions
Mr Robert also said he expected there would be more women on the Liberal front bench, following a reshuffle after former ministers lost their seats in the 21 May election.
The Dickson MP has been touted as Scott Morrison’s likely replacement since the coalition lost government.
“We aren’t the Moderate Party. We aren’t the Conservative Party. We are Liberals,” the post said.