Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Senator Bridget McKenzie have been returned as The Nationals’ Parliamentary leaders.

A meeting of The Nationals Party Room in Canberra on Thursday welcomed new members and confirmed the continuation of leadership positions.

While vote counting was continuing, it was expected The Nationals would have five new members in this new term of Government, including four women, following formal declaration of the Federal Election results.

This includes Dr Anne Webster in Mallee, Perin Davey (New South Wales Senate), Susan McDonald (Queensland Senate), Dr Sam McMahon (Northern Territory Senate) and Pat Conaghan in Cowper.

The four new female members adds to existing members and ministers in Bridget McKenzie (Victoria Senate) and Michelle Landry (Capricornia).

At the meeting, Riverina MP Michael McCormack was returned as Leader of The Nationals and Bridget McKenzie as Deputy Leader.

Mr McCormack said The Nationals had wasted no time returning to work immediately for the people of regional Australia who had endorsed the Government’s local plans for job creation and economic growth.

Senator McKenzie said she was excited with the Party’s growth in female representation and especially pleased this increase has been delivered through a merit-based process with new Senators and MPs having strong grassroots experience in areas important to regional Australians such as business, agriculture, family farming, water policy and family support, not-for-profit management.

“This is a team whose heart is in the regions and who remain determined to deliver on the faith placed in us by regional Australia,” she said.