Michael McCormack is set to become Australia’s new deputy prime minister, according to reports.
Who, you might ask?
The Wagga Wagga MP and current veterans affairs minister is so far the only National Party member to officially declare his interest in taking part in a leadership vote. The ‘winner’ will replace Barnaby Joyce as the head of the party and thus the second-most-powerful person in the governing coalition. Joyce is due to formally resign at a meeting of the party early today.
Both The Australian and the ABC reported that with McCormack the only one who felt he had the required support to win the party poll – the outlets both report that David Gillespie, the MP for Lyne, considered running but wasn’t confident he had sufficient support – barring something untoward occurring, he would be declared the Nationals leader today.
McCormack has been in federal parliament as the representative of the Riverina region in New South Wales since 2010. Yet many Aussies likely know little about their new deputy PM. So, here’s some handy facts: