An example from the website of The Australian:
Party members have been using the messaging service WhatsApp to try to oust Mr Joyce on the basis that “disunity is death”, the Daily Telegraph reports.And again:
On Friday, Nationals MP Andrew Broad said that while Barnaby Joyce had made an error of judgment, his leadership of the Nationals remained safe for now.And from the ABC News website:
“But I’m still waiting to see if there’s been an abuse of power. If I see that and it’s clear, then I’ll be one of the people talking about what should be the action as a result of that,” he told the ABC.
He may have survived an open mutiny on his leadership last week but Nationals colleague Michael McCormack, who has been touted as a possible replacement, has made it clear a challenge is still on the cards.All jolly good fun unless you are Barnaby Joyce. For him it's "Seven Lonely Days" but it does make for a wonderful political singalong.
Mr McCormack told Fairfax Media that while he did not want to get ahead of himself, his colleagues would use this week to "take a temperature reading and see what their own constituents are saying and make considered decisions based on that".
"Obviously what else transpires — not just in our electorates but obviously on a national front — has to be thought through," he told Fairfax.