Nationals face their biggest threat yet after an annus horribilis

Traditional party of the bush wracked by personal scandals, rare leadership instability and a raft of new competitors on their turf

A portrait of the Queen still hangs in most country halls so it seems fitting to use one of her most memorable phrases. For the Nationals, 2018 has been an annus horribilis.

The traditional party of the bush has been wracked by personal scandals and rare leadership instability. After the all too technicolour Barnaby Joyce, the party is stuck with a beige leader, Michael McCormack, at least until the next election, which is threatening to be a landslide against the Coalition.

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Source: The Guardian
Nationals face their biggest threat yet after an annus horribilis