Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has been elected Nationals leader overnight and will take over from Warren Truss as Deputy Prime Minister.
Mr Truss announced his retirement after spending 26 years in politics, becoming leader of the Nationals in 2007. Mr Joyce vowed to continue fighting for regional Australia and to revamp the Turnbull ministry. NSW senator and Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash emerged from an exhaustive ballot as the first ever female deputy leader of the Nationals. Ms Nash, who ran against six others, will mostly help Mr Joyce with the rural areas of Australia.
“It is going to be a slightly different National Party, quite a different National Party,” Senator Nash said. “We would be doing the same things we have always done, focusing on those people outside the major capital cities, who need us to fight for them.”
Teenager drowns in beach rescue attempt
A 13-year-old girl drowned yesterday while attempting to rescue her younger brother off a beach in eastern Victoria. A police spokeswoman told The Newsroom the family were on an outing at Williamson’s Beach in East Gippsland when the boy got into trouble in rough waters. The boy was saved and received only minor injuries, while his sister, Holly Nicholson, drowned. Police and ambulance officers tried to rescue the girl, but were unable to save her.
Bodies found submerged in metal box
The remains of two bodies have been discovered inside a metal box submerged in a Queensland dam. The victims, who had been tortured and shot, are yet to be officially identified but are believed to be Cory Brenton, 28, and Lulian Triscaru, 31. They had both been reported missing. Police have said they will continue searvhing the Kingston Dam, just south of Brisbane, where the bodies were found. Six people have already been charged with two counts of murder in relation to the case. The five men and one woman have not applied for bail. – Compiled from online sources by Jesse Mullens, Tim Stevens and Nelson Tucker
Photo of Barnaby Joyce from ABC iView.