Nationals slam Liberals’ leadership crisis

Kevin Hogan and other Nationals MPs have slammed the Liberal leadership chaos as an “embarrassment”.Nationals MPs have slammed the Liberals’ leadership crisis, fearing punishment from regional voters fed up with Canberra’s chaos.

Kevin Hogan, who holds the bellwether seat of Page in northern NSW, is threatening to move to the cross bench if an expected leadership spill goes ahead on Friday.

He’ll still guarantee supply and confidence, but without his vote the government’s wafer-thin majority becomes more precarious.

“The community is fed up. My community is fed up. I’m fed up,” Mr Page told the Nine Network.

“I thought the one statement I can make is that I’m not condoning – implicitly or explicitly – this behaviour and I’m moving to the crossbench.”

He said while the Nationals were talking about drought relief, their senior coalition partner was focused on themselves.

“It’s an embarrassment,” Mr Hogan said.

Veterans Affairs Minister Darren Chester has walked back on his threat to leave the government benches if Peter Dutton seizes power.

“We want to see good government delivered in a long time in the future. We need to get united and focused on the issues that matter to Australians,” he told the ABC.

“I’m sorry for the Australian people their parliament have not met the expectations they set for us, over this time, we’ve had so many different prime ministers, we need to focus on the issues that matter.”

Nationals whip Michelle Landry holds the central Queensland seat of Capricornia by 1.2 per cent.

“I’m appalled by what’s happened, but we will continue on and work with the new leader, whoever that may be,” she said.