Michael McCormack: Our new Federal Leader
Following the election of our Member for the Riverina, Michael McCormack as the Federal Leader of The Nationals this morning, the NSW Nationals extend a warm welcome.
Michael’s appointment brings about a new era for our Party, one that will no doubt bring new opportunity but will also – and most importantly – continue to put regional Australia on top of its agenda.
Born and raised in the Riverina, Michael comes to the table with a wealth of experience, true Nationals values and as a strong fighter for regional communities.
Michael was first elected to Parliament in 2010 in a three-cornered contest after Kay Hull's retirement and rose to the Ministry in 2013 – first as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance until he moved to work alongside the then Nationals’ Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, as Assistant Minister for the Deputy Prime Minister.
Following Truss’ retirement, Michael became Assistant Minister for Defence and after the 2016 election, stepped into the role of Minister for Small Business.
Here he spearheaded a push to protect small business from anti-competitive conduct, enshrined unfair contract term protections for small businesses into law, giving small businesses across Australia access to the same protections available to consumers under the Australian Consumer Law and took his role on the road holding 'Small Business Roadshows' across the country.
As Leader Michael remains the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Personnel and Minster Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of the ANZAC and takes on the Infrastructure and Transport portfolio.
Michael’s record and drive to deliver for his electorate and the regions speaks for itself – crossing the floor to get a better deal on the Murray Darling and opposing American conglomerates from taking over GrainCorp.
Michael replaces former Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Nationals Barnaby Joyce.
The NSW Nationals would like to acknowledge the incredible service Barnaby has given to the Party and Regional Australia.
Barnaby has been a staunch and uncompromising advocate for all regional Australians since entering the Parliament in 2005, something we are sure will continue in his role as Member for New England.
Since elected, Michael has emphasised that the Nationals will remain a team focused on positive outcomes and reflected on Barnaby’s outstanding record.
“His service to our Party and to our Nation will never be diminished. His legacy will endure,” said Michael.