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'John will be back, stronger than ever': Grassroots Nationals back Barilaro
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'John will be back, stronger than ever': Grassroots Nationals back Barilaro

More than 20 branches of the National Party have unanimously backed Deputy Premier John Barilaro's leadership.

  • by Alexandra Smith

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Nationals MP at centre of fresh koala policy controversy
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Nationals MP at centre of fresh koala policy controversy

Stephen Bromhead relayed concerns to the Planning Minister on behalf of property developers and Coalition donors connected to a major venture in Taree.

  • by Tom Rabe and Alexandra Smith
'Trying to calm the farm': Coalition in talks to prevent Koala War II
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'Trying to calm the farm': Coalition in talks to prevent Koala War II

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes is working to prevent a showdown in cabinet over the contested koala policy, with the acting Nationals leader Paul Toole initiating new discussions ahead of the debate.

  • by Alexandra Smith
Senior Nationals asked news website to remove party-stacking article
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Senior Nationals asked news website to remove party-stacking article

Senior NSW Nationals intervened to block social media circulation of a Sydney Morning Herald article that questioned the eligibility of a party candidate to stand in the 2019 state elections and raised issues of branch stacking.

  • by Peter Hannam
'Battles recklessly played out in public': Why I quit the NSW Nats
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'Battles recklessly played out in public': Why I quit the NSW Nats

One of the reasons I joined, was that it was not a party of ideology but rather of geography. Sadly, it feels like those days may be over.

  • by Jessica Price-Purnell
Nationals boss contrite as women's leader cops spray after resignation
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Nationals boss contrite as women's leader cops spray after resignation

NSW Nationals' state director Joe Lundy has apologised to the former head of its Women's Council after she received a scathing email from a close associate of John Barilaro blasting her resignation letter.

  • by Peter Hannam
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Liberals accept defecting Nationals MP after two others quit the party
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Liberals accept defecting Nationals MP after two others quit the party

Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams has been accepted as a member of the Liberal Party, Troy Grant has resigned from the Nationals and Niall Blair will not renew his membership. 

  • by Alexandra Smith
'Unhelpful and politically reckless': NSW Nationals MP quits to join Liberals
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'Unhelpful and politically reckless': NSW Nationals MP quits to join Liberals

NSW Nationals MP Leslie Williams has quit the party in disgust and will join the Liberals, saying she could not condone the reckless and unreasonable behaviour demonstrated over the past week.

  • by Alexandra Smith
Take it easy, Deputy Premier, on yourself and the rest of us
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Take it easy, Deputy Premier, on yourself and the rest of us

Let's hope when Barilaro returns to politics he pursues a gentler approach.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
How to solve a problem like friendlyjordies? Politicians debate new-age commentator
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John Barilaro

How to solve a problem like friendlyjordies? Politicians debate new-age commentator

Jordan Shanks has hosted Kevin Rudd, Jodi McKay and Tanya Plibersek on his popular friendlyjordies channel. But questions are now being asked about his shock-jock tactics.

  • by Lucy Cormack and Fergus Hunter
Dear John, we could be friends but you'll have to make some changes
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Dear John, we could be friends but you'll have to make some changes

Even before KoalaGate, Deputy Premier John Barilaro hasn't been doing rural communities or the planet any favours.

  • by Elizabeth Farrelly