Barnaby Joyce Re-Elected as Australia’s Deputy PM in Leadership Spill

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Barnaby Joyce has been re-elected as the new Deputy Prime Minister of Australia after he defeated National leader Michael McCormack in a leadership spill on Monday. The spill, which was initiated by Queensland Senator Matt Canavan, returned Joyce as leader of the minor party of Australia’s governing coalition after he won the majority of the vote in the 21-member party room meeting. In a press conference after the spill, Joyce said he was humbled to be elected leader, and that he did not expect to win the spill. “I’ve spent three years on the backbench and you know, I hope I come back a better person,” he said. Joyce acknowledged that the three years he spent on the backbench, were a time of reflection and that it gave him space to consider the impact of his actions not just on himself but on others. “I don’t want to dwell on the …

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