'Put up or shut up': Nationals at war over Barnaby Joyce's future

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The National Party is still split on whether Barnaby Joyce should step aside as leader and Deputy Prime Minister, with the party's deputy leader giving her "rolled-gold guarantee" he will remain in the top job tomorrow.

Among those who signalled they would still give Mr Joyce their primary vote today, 46 per cent said the affair would make no difference to their decision, and 45 per cent said it actually made them more likely to back him.

Former senator Jacqui Lambie on her first day in Parliament in 2014.

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"There's a lot more stuff that's going on they could be talking about that's more important to the damn country than whacking this out - but this is the way their advisers handle things too", she said.

Mr Joyce has been under fire over his acceptance of a rent-free apartment offered to him by businessman Greg Maguire and whether any rules have been broken in regard to jobs provided to his former staffer and now partner Vikki Campion.

Mr Joyce is set to serve as acting Prime Minister next week when Malcolm Turnbull travels to the USA on an official visit, however he is facing a range of queries about his expenses and relationship with Miss Campion, who is now pregnant with his child.

Asked whether Joyce continued to enjoy the support of a majority of the Nationals party room, Littleproud said: "Yes, of course he does".

Now, I don't want to upset the scarlet fruit but let me tell you what is coming next from the snowflake media.

Ms Campion stands among a throng of media and videos a speech while employed as his media advisor
Ms Campion stands among a throng of media and videos a speech while employed as his media advisor

"I'll say up front that one of the greatest failures in my life was the end of my marriage, " Mr Joyce said.

Nationals president Larry Anthony was in Canberra to deal with what he called a "very hard time" for the party.

Ministerial colleague Michael McCormack said he had not been sounded out by colleagues about replacing Mr Joyce.

KEITH Pitt is believed to be part of a delegation set to approach Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce today about his future.

Mr Joyce's office initially advised the parliament he was in the Royal Queensland Regiment of the Army Reserve from 1995 to 2003.

She was then transferred to work with another Nationals MP Damian Drumm, before eventually leaving the Nationals.

Yesterday, Mr O'Dowd announced his interest in becoming Nationals leader should the position become vacant. As leader of the junior party in the governing coalition, Joyce is both the deputy prime minister and acting prime minister when the prime minister is overseas.

The deputy Liberal leader and foreign minister, Julie Bishop, signalled on Wednesday morning she would be available to act in that role should "circumstances change".

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