Barnaby Joyce has officially been sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister

Barnaby Joyce has officially been sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister

Joyce previously resigned from his leadership and ministerial roles in 2018 after it was revealed he was in a relationship and had fathered child with a former staffer.

Joyce will need to be sworn in as Australia's deputy prime minister later, which would then initiate a cabinet reshuffle.

A climate change sceptic will be Australia's new deputy prime minister after a leadership revolt in the coalition government's minor party, making it harder for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to achieve a commitment of zero net emissions by 2050.

McCormack had reportedly been accused by party colleagues of failing to push back against such accelerated climate action, a charged topic among the Nationals' rural conservative voters.

Mr Joyce stood down as Nationals Leader three years ago after his extra-marital affair with staffer Vikki Campion was made public at the same time as a woman accused him of sexually harassing her after an event in Canberra.

Wasting no time, it is understood when he spoke with Mr Morrison he already had a list of what would be needed to win key seats.

Speaking after losing the leadership ballot, Michael McCormack made several pointed remarks about the strength of his personal life and the support he had from his wife Catherine, noting the pair were approaching their 35th wedding anniversary.

Ebrahim Raisi, ultra-conservative judiciary chief, set to win Iran's presidential election
Former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , also blocked from running, said on social media he'd boycott the vote. Iranian state TV showed close-ups of voting lines at some sites as leading political figures implored people to vote.

Joyce called the allegations "spurious and defamatory", adding that after three years on the backbench he hoped to "be a better person to do a better job".

All this is happening as Prime Minister Scott Morrison is still in the United Kingdom after the G7 summit, dealing with an emergency virtual Cabinet meeting to address Australia's failing vaccine rollout.

Alana Johnson, a founding member of the Australian Women In Agriculture group, told ABC Radio on Tuesday she believed Mr Joyce's return as leader showed the Nationals weren't listening to women.

"I think they've been focused on themselves a little too much ..."

Chief Nationals Whip Damian Drum described the Nationals as "the most democratic party" in Australia, but the exact count was unclear because the votes were confidential.

Morrison congratulated Joyce on his elevated role, saying in a statement that they shared a "passion for ensuring our regions and rural communities thrive".

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