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The National Party of Australia
(also known as The Nationals or simply, The Nats) is an Australian political party. Traditionally representing graziers, farmers, and rural voters generally, it began as the Australian Country Party in 1920 at a federal level. It would later briefly adopt the name National Country Party in 1975, before adopting its current name in 1982. Federally, and in New South Wales, and to an extent in Victoria and historically in Western Australia, it has, in government, been the minor party in a centre-right Coalition with the Liberal Party of Australia, and its leader has usually served as Deputy Prime Minister. In Opposition the Coalition was usually maintained, but otherwise still generally continued to work in co-operation with the Liberal Party of Australia
(and their predecessors the Nationalist Party of Australia
and United Australia
Party). In Queensland
however, they were the senior coalition party between 1925 and 2008, after which they merged with the junior Liberal Party of Australia
Liberal Party of Australia
to form the Liberal National Party (LNP). The current leader of the National Party is Michael McCormack, who won a leadership election following Barnaby Joyce's resignation in February 2018.[1] The deputy leader of the Nationals, since 7 December 2017, is Bridget McKenzie.


1 History

1.1 Countrymindedness 1.2 National Country Party, and National Party 1.3 State parties

1.3.1 Queensland 1.3.2 South Australia 1.3.3 Western Australia 1.3.4 Victoria

2 Political role 3 Liberal/National merger 4 Historical electoral results 5 Leadership

5.1 List of leaders 5.2 List of deputy leaders 5.3 List of Senate leaders 5.4 Current state and territory leaders

6 Past Premiers

6.1 Queensland 6.2 Victoria

7 Donors 8 See also 9 Further reading 10 Notes 11 References 12 External links


William McWilliams, Country Party leader 1920–1921.

Sir Earle Page, Prime Minister of Australia
Prime Minister of Australia

Sir Arthur Fadden, Prime Minister of Australia
Prime Minister of Australia

Sir John McEwen, Prime Minister of Australia
Prime Minister of Australia

The Country Party was formally founded in 1913 in Western Australia, and nationally in 1920 from a number of state-based parties such as the Victorian Farmers' Union (VFU) and the Farmers and Settlers Party of New South Wales.[2] Australia's first Country Party was founded in 1912 by Harry J. Stephens, editor of The Farmer & Settler, but under fierce opposition from rival newspapers,[3] failed to gain momentum. The VFU won a seat in the House of Representatives at the Corangamite by-election held in December 1918, with the help of the newly introduced preferential voting system.[4] At the 1919 federal election the state-based Country Parties won federal seats in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. They also began to win seats in state parliaments. In 1920 the Country Party was established as a national party led by William McWilliams
William McWilliams
from Tasmania. In his first speech as leader, McWilliams laid out the principles of the new party, stating "we crave no alliance, we spurn no support but we intend drastic action to secure closer attention to the needs of primary producers"[5] McWilliams was deposed as party leader in favour of Dr Earle Page
Earle Page
in April 1921 following instances where McWilliams voted against the party line. McWilliams would later leave the Country Party to sit as an Independent.[5] According to historian B. D. Graham (1959), the graziers who operated the sheep stations were politically conservative. They disliked the Labor Party, which represented their workers, and feared that Labor governments would pass unfavorable legislation and listen to foreigners and communists. The graziers were satisfied with the marketing organisation of their industry, opposed any change in land tenure and labour relations, and advocated lower tariffs, low freight rates, and low taxes. On the other hand, Graham reports, the small farmers, not the graziers, founded the Country party. The farmers advocated government intervention in the market through price support schemes and marketing pools. The graziers often politically and financially supported the Country party, which in turn made the Country party more conservative.[6] The Country Party's first election as a united party, in 1922, saw it in an unexpected position of power. It won enough seats to deny the Nationalists an overall majority, and was the Nationalists' only realistic coalition partner. However, Page let it be known that his party would not serve under Hughes, and forced his resignation. Page then entered negotiations with the Nationalists' new leader, Stanley Bruce, for a coalition government. Page's terms were stiff—five seats in a Cabinet of 11, including the Treasurer portfolio and the second rank in the ministry for himself. Nonetheless, Bruce readily agreed, and the "Bruce-Page Ministry" was formed—thus beginning the tradition of the party's leader ranking second in Coalition cabinets.[2] Page remained dominant in the party until 1939 and briefly served as an interim Prime Minister between the death of Joseph Lyons
Joseph Lyons
and the election of Robert Menzies
Robert Menzies
as his successor, but Page's refusal to serve under Menzies led to his resignation as leader. The coalition was re-formed under Archie Cameron
Archie Cameron
in 1940, and continued until October 1941 despite the election of Arthur Fadden
Arthur Fadden
as leader after the 1940 Election. Fadden was well regarded within conservative circles and proved to be a loyal deputy to Menzies in the difficult circumstances of 1941. When Menzies was forced to resign as Prime Minister, the UAP was so bereft of leadership that Fadden briefly succeeded him (despite the Country Party being the junior partner in the governing coalition). However, the two independents who had been propping up the government rejected Fadden's budget and brought the government down.[7] Fadden stood down in favour of Labor leader John Curtin. The Fadden-led Coalition made almost no headway against Curtin, and was severely defeated in the 1943 election. After that loss, Fadden became deputy Leader of the Opposition under Menzies, a role that continued after Menzies folded the UAP into the Liberal Party of Australia
in 1944. Fadden remained a loyal partner of Menzies, though he was still keen to assert the independence of his party. Indeed, in the lead up to the 1949 federal election, Fadden played a key role in the defeat of the Chifley Labor government, frequently making inflammatory claims about the "socialist" nature of the Labor Party, which Menzies could then "clarify" or repudiate as he saw fit, thus appearing more "moderate". In 1949, Fadden became Treasurer in the second Menzies government and remained so until his retirement in 1958. His successful partnership with Menzies was one of the elements that sustained the coalition, which remained in office until 1972 (Menzies himself retired in 1966).[7]

John McEwen
John McEwen
House, The National Party's headquarters in Canberra

Fadden's successor, Trade Minister John McEwen, took the then unusual step of declining to serve as Treasurer, believing he could better ensure that the interests of Australian primary producers were safeguarded. Accordingly, McEwen personally supervised the signing of the first post-war trade treaty with Japan, new trade agreements with New Zealand and Britain, and Australia's first trade agreement with the USSR (1965). In addition to this he insisted on developing an all encompassing system of tariff protection that would encourage the development of those secondary industries that would "value add" Australia's primary produce. His success in this endeavour is sometimes dubbed "McEwenism". This was the period of the Country Party's greatest power, as was demonstrated in 1962 when McEwen was able to insist that Menzies sack a Liberal Minister who claimed that Britain's entry into the European Economic Community
European Economic Community
was unlikely to severely impact on the Australian economy as a whole.[8] Menzies retired in 1966 and was succeeded by Harold Holt. McEwen thus became the longest-tenured member of the government, with the informal right to veto government policy. The most significant instance that McEwen exercised this came when Holt disappeared in December 1967. John Gorton
John Gorton
became the new Liberal Prime Minister in January 1968. McEwen was sworn in as an interim Prime Minister pending the election of the new Liberal leader. Logically, the Liberals' deputy leader, William McMahon, should have succeeded Holt. However, McMahon was a staunch free-trader, and there were also rumors that he was homosexual. As a result, McEwen told the Liberals that he and his party would not serve under McMahon. McMahon stood down in favour of John Gorton. It would be only after McEwen announced his retirement that MacMahon would be able to successfully challenge Gorton for the Liberal leadership. McEwen's reputation for political toughness led to him being nicknamed "Black Jack" by his allies and enemies alike.[9] At the state level, from 1957 to 1989, the Country Party under Frank Nicklin and Joh Bjelke-Petersen
Joh Bjelke-Petersen
dominated governments in Queensland—the last six of those years ruling in its own right, without the Liberals. It also took part in governments in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia.[10] However, successive electoral redistributions after 1964 indicated that the Country Party was losing ground electorally to the Liberals as the rural population declined, and the nature of some parliamentary seats on the urban/rural fringe changed. A proposed merger with the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) under the banner of "National Alliance" was rejected when it failed to find favour with voters at the 1974 state election. Also in 1974, the Northern Territory
Northern Territory
members of the party joined with its Liberal party members to form the independent Country Liberal Party. This party continues to represent both parent parties in that territory. A separate party, the Joh-inspired NT Nationals, competed in the 1987 election with former Chief Minister Ian Tuxworth winning his seat of Barkly by a small margin. However, this splinter group were not endorsed by the national executive and soon disappeared from the political scene.[11] Countrymindedness[edit] "Countrymindedness" was a slogan that summed up the ideology of the Country Party from 1920 through the early 1970s.[12] It was an ideology that was physiocratic, populist, and decentralist; it fostered rural solidarity and justified demands for government subsidies. "Countrymindedness" grew out of the failure of the country areas to participate in the rapid economic and population expansions that occurred after 1890. The growth of the ideology into urban areas came as most country people migrated to jobs in the cities. Its decline was due mainly to the reduction of real and psychological differences between country and city brought about by the postwar expansion of the Australian urban population and to the increased affluence and technological changes that accompanied it.[13][14] National Country Party, and National Party[edit] In 1975 the Country Party changed its name to the National Country Party as part of a strategy to expand into urban areas. This had some success in Queensland
under Joh Bjelke-Petersen, but nowhere else. In Western Australia, the party briefly walked out of the coalition agreement in Western Australia
in May 1975, returning within the month. However, the party split in two over the decision and other factors in late 1978, with a new National Party forming and becoming independent, holding three seats in the Western Australian lower house, while the National Country Party remained in coalition and also held three seats. They reconciled after the Burke Labor government came to power in 1983. The 1980s were dominated by the feud between Bjelke-Petersen and the federal party leadership. Bjelke-Petersen briefly triumphed in 1987, forcing the Nationals to tear up the Coalition agreement and support his bid to become Prime Minister. The "Joh for Canberra" campaign backfired spectacularly when a large number of three-cornered contests allowed Labor to win a third term under Bob Hawke. It also proved to be the Queensland
Nationals' last hurrah; Bjelke-Petersen was forced into retirement a few months after the federal election, and his party was heavily defeated in 1989. The Nationals experienced difficulties in the late 1990s from two fronts – firstly from the Liberal Party, who were winning seats on the basis that the Nationals were not seen to be a sufficiently separate party, and from the One Nation Party riding a swell of rural discontent with many of the policies such as multiculturalism and gun control embraced by all of the major parties. The rise of Labor in formerly safe National-held areas in rural Queensland, particularly on the coast, has been the biggest threat to the Queensland
Nationals. State parties[edit] Queensland[edit] Queensland
is the only state in which the Nationals have consistently been the stronger coalition partner. The Nationals were the senior partner in the non-Labor Coalition from 1925 until the Coalition was broken in 1983. At the 1983 state election, the Nationals under Joh Bjelke-Petersen came up one seat short of a majority, but later gained a majority when Don Lane and Brian Austin crossed the floor to join the Nationals. The Nationals then governed in their own right until 1989. The Queensland
branch of the Country Party was the first to change its name to the National Party in April 1974.[15] The continued success of the Australian Labor Party
Australian Labor Party
at a state level has put pressure on the Nationals' links with the Liberal Party, their traditional coalition partner. In most states, the Coalition agreement is not in force when the parties are in opposition, allowing the two parties greater freedom of action. In Queensland
the National Party merged with the Liberal Party forming the Liberal National Party (LNP) in 2008. The LNP led by Lawrence Springborg went on to lose the March 2009 election to Anna Bligh's Australian Labor Party. However, in the Queensland
state election, 2012, the LNP defeated the Labor Party in a landslide, but lost government in the 2015 landslide to Labor. South Australia[edit] Further information: National Party of Australia
(SA) In South Australia, for the first time in the Nationals' history, in 2002 the single Nationals member in the House of Assembly entered the Rann Labor Government as a Minister forming an informal coalition between the two parties. Since the 2010 South Australian State election, the Nationals in South Australia
have no representative in either the House of Assembly or the Upper House or at a Federal level. There existed a distinctly different Country Party in South Australia which merged with the Liberal Federation to become the Liberal and Country League in 1932. Western Australia[edit] Further information: National Party of Australia
(WA) Western Australia's National Party chose to assert its independence after an acrimonious co-habitation with the Liberals on the 2005 campaign trail. Unlike its New South Wales
New South Wales
and Queensland counterparts, the WA party had decided to oppose Liberal candidates in the 2008 election. The party aimed to hold the balance of power in the state "as an independent conservative party" ready to negotiate with the Liberals or Labor to form a minority government. After the election, the Nationals negotiated an agreement to form a government with the Liberals and an independent MP, though not described as a "traditional coalition" due to the reduced cabinet collective responsibility of National cabinet members.[16] Western Australia's one-vote-one-value reforms will cut the number of rural seats in the state assembly to reflect the rural population level: this, coupled with the Liberals' strength in country areas has put the Nationals under significant pressure. Victoria[edit] The Nationals were stung in early 2006, when their only Victorian senator, Julian McGauran, defected to the Liberals and created a serious rift between the Nationals and the Liberals.[17] Several commentators believed that changing demographics and unfavourable preference deals would demolish the Nationals at the state election that year, but they went on to enjoy considerable success by winning two extra lower house seats. The Nationals were in a coalition government with the Liberals at a State level in Victoria until their defeat at the 2014 election. Following the election, the ABC reported that the coalition parties would "review" whether to continue their joint working arrangement into opposition.[18] However, both outgoing Nationals leader Peter Ryan and incoming Liberal leader Matthew Guy indicated they felt the coalition should continue.[19][20] Political role[edit] The Nationals see their main role as giving a voice to Australians who live outside the country's metropolitan areas. Traditionally, the leader of the National Party serves as Deputy Prime Minister when the Coalition is in government. This tradition dates back to the creation of the office in 1968. The National Party's support base and membership are closely associated with the agricultural community. Historically anti-union, the party has vacillated between state support for primary industries ("agrarian socialism") and free agricultural trade and has opposed tariff protection for Australia's manufacturing and service industries. This vacillation prompted those opposed to the policies of the Nationals to joke that its real aim was to "capitalise its gains and socialise its losses!". It is usually pro-mining, pro-development, and anti-environmentalist. The Nationals vote is in decline and its traditional supporters are turning instead to prominent independents such as Bob Katter, Tony Windsor and Peter Andren
Peter Andren
in Federal Parliament and similar independents in the Parliaments of New South Wales, Queensland
and Victoria, many of whom are former members of the National Party. In fact since the 2004 Federal election, National Party candidates received fewer first preference votes than the Australian Greens. Demographic changes are not helping, with fewer people living and employed on the land or in small towns, the continued growth of the larger provincial centres, and, in some cases, the arrival of left-leaning "city refugees" in rural areas. The Liberals have also gained support as the differences between the coalition partners on a federal level have become invisible. This was highlighted in January 2006, when Nationals Senator Julian McGauran defected to the Liberals, saying that there was "no longer any real distinguishing policy or philosophical difference".[21]

State Lower House Seats (Single Lib-Nat Party represents QLD)

NSW Parliament

16 / 93

VIC Parliament

7 / 88

QLD Parliament

21 / 89

WA Parliament

5 / 59

In Queensland, Nationals leader Lawrence Springborg
Lawrence Springborg
advocated merger of the National and Liberal parties at a state level in order to present a more effective opposition to the Labor Party. Previously this plan had been dismissed by the Queensland
branch of the Liberal party, but the idea received in-principle support from the Liberals. Federal leader Mark Vaile
Mark Vaile
stated the Nationals will not merge with the Liberal Party at a federal level. The plan was opposed by key Queensland
Senators Ron Boswell
Ron Boswell
and Barnaby Joyce, and was scuttled in 2006. After suffering defeat in the 2006 Queensland
poll, Lawrence Springborg was replaced by Jeff Seeney, who indicated he was not interested in merging with the Liberal Party until the issue is seriously raised at a Federal level. Support for the Nationals in the 2006 Victorian state election was considerable with the party picking up two extra seats in the Lower House to maintain its total representation of 11 sitting members (two Upper House seats were lost, mostly due to a change from preferential to proportional representation). This success can be attributed to a more assertive National Party image (a differentation to that of the Liberals) and the growing popularity of state and federal Nationals identities such as Joyce. In September 2008, Joyce replaced CLP Senator and Nationals deputy leader Nigel Scullion
Nigel Scullion
as leader of the Nationals in the Senate, and stated that his party in the upper house would no longer necessarily vote with their Liberal counterparts in the upper house, which opened up another possible avenue for the Rudd Labor Government to get legislation through.[22][23] Joyce was elected leader in a party-room ballot on 11 February 2016, following the retirement of former leader and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.[24][25][26][27] Joyce was one of five politicians disqualified from parliament in October 2017 for holding dual citizenship, along with former deputy leader, Fiona Nash. Liberal/National merger[edit] Main article: Liberal–National party merger Merger plans came to a head in May 2008, when the Queensland
state Liberal Party gave an announcement not to wait for a federal blueprint but instead to merge immediately. The new party, the Liberal National Party, was founded in July 2008. Historical electoral results[edit]

Election Leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government

1919* none 176,884 9.3

11 / 75

11 3rd Crossbench

1922 Earle Page 197,513 12.5

14 / 75

3 3rd Coalition

1925 Earle Page 313,363 10.7

13 / 75

1 3rd Coalition

1928 Earle Page 271,686 10.4

13 / 75

0 3rd Coalition

1929 Earle Page 295,640 10.2

10 / 75

3 3rd Opposition

1931 Earle Page 388,544 12.2

16 / 75

6 2nd Crossbench

1934 Earle Page 447,968 12.6

14 / 74

2 3rd Coalition

1937 Earle Page 560,279 15.5

16 / 74

2 3rd Coalition

1940 Archie Cameron 531,397 13.7

13 / 74

3 3rd Coalition

1943 Arthur Fadden 287,000 6.9

7 / 74

6 3rd Opposition

1946 Arthur Fadden 464,737 10.7

11 / 76

4 3rd Opposition

1949 Arthur Fadden 500,349 10.8

19 / 121

8 3rd Coalition

1951 Arthur Fadden 443,713 9.7

17 / 121

2 3rd Coalition

1954 Arthur Fadden 388,171 8.5

17 / 121

0 3rd Coalition

1955 Arthur Fadden 347,445 7.9

18 / 122

1 3rd Coalition

1958 John McEwen 465,320 9.3

19 / 122

1 3rd Coalition

1961 John McEwen 446,475 8.5

17 / 122

2 3rd Coalition

1963 John McEwen 489,498 8.9

20 / 122

3 3rd Coalition

1966 John McEwen 561,926 9.8

21 / 124

1 3rd Coalition

1969 John McEwen 523,232 8.5

20 / 125

1 3rd Coalition

1972 Doug Anthony 622,826 9.4

20 / 125

0 3rd Opposition

1974 Doug Anthony 736,252 9.9

21 / 127

1 3rd Opposition

1975 Doug Anthony 869,919 11.2

23 / 127

2 3rd Coalition

1977 Doug Anthony 793,444 10.0

19 / 124

4 3rd Coalition

1980 Doug Anthony 745,037 8.9

20 / 125

1 3rd Coalition

1983 Doug Anthony 799,609 9.2

17 / 125

3 3rd Opposition

1984 Ian Sinclair 921,151 10.6

21 / 148

4 3rd Opposition

1987 Ian Sinclair 1,060,976 11.5

19 / 148

2 3rd Opposition

1990 Charles Blunt 833,557 8.4

14 / 148

5 3rd Opposition

1993 Tim Fischer 758,036 7.1

16 / 147

2 3rd Opposition

1996 Tim Fischer 893,170 7.1

18 / 148

2 3rd Coalition

1998 Tim Fischer 588,088 5.2

16 / 148

3 3rd Coalition

2001 John Anderson 643,926 5.6

13 / 150

3 3rd Coalition

2004 John Anderson 690,275 5.8

12 / 150

1 3rd Coalition

2007 Mark Vaile 682,424 5.4

10 / 150

2 3rd Opposition

2010 Warren Truss 419,286 3.4

12 / 150

[Note 3] 2 3rd Opposition

2013 Warren Truss 554,268 4.2

15 / 150

[Note 4] 3 3rd Coalition

2016 Barnaby Joyce 624,555 4.6

16 / 150

[Note 5] 1 3rd Coalition

^ Including the 6 LNP MPs who sit in the National party room. ^ Including the 2 LNP Senators who sit in the National party room. ^ Including the 5 LNP MPs who sit in the National party room. ^ Including the 6 LNP MPs who sit in the National party room. ^ Including the 6 LNP MPs who sit in the National party room.

Leadership[edit] List of leaders[edit]

# Leader Term start Term end Time in office Notes


McWilliams, WilliamWilliam McWilliams 000000001920-02-24-000024 February 1920 000000001921-04-05-00005 April 1921 7002406000000000000♠1 year, 40 days


Page, EarleEarle Page 000000001921-04-05-00005 April 1921 000000001939-09-13-000013 September 1939 7003673500000000000♠18 years, 161 days Prime Minister: 1939 Deputy PM: 1923–29, 1934–39


Cameron, ArchieArchie Cameron 000000001939-09-13-000013 September 1939 000000001940-10-16-000016 October 1940 7002399000000000000♠1 year, 33 days Deputy PM: 1940


Fadden, ArthurArthur Fadden 000000001940-10-16-000016 October 1940 acting until 12 March 1941 000000001958-03-12-000012 March 1958 7003635600000000000♠17 years, 147 days Prime Minister: 1941 Deputy PM: 1940–41, 1949–58


McEwen, JohnJohn McEwen 000000001958-03-26-000026 March 1958 000000001971-02-01-00001 February 1971 7003469500000000000♠12 years, 312 days Prime Minister: 1967–68 Deputy PM: 1958–67, 1968–71


Anthony, DougDoug Anthony 000000001971-02-02-00002 February 1971 000000001984-01-17-000017 January 1984 7003473200000000000♠12 years, 349 days Deputy PM: 1971–72, 1975–83


Sinclair, IanIan Sinclair 000000001984-01-17-000017 January 1984 000000001989-05-09-00009 May 1989 7003157400000000000♠4 years, 113 days


Blunt, CharlesCharles Blunt 000000001989-05-09-00009 May 1989 000000001990-04-06-00006 April 1990 7002332000000000000♠332 days


Fischer, TimTim Fischer 000000001990-04-19-000019 April 1990 000000001999-07-01-00001 July 1999 7003336000000000000♠9 years, 73 days Deputy PM: 1996–99


Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson 000000001999-07-01-00001 July 1999 000000002005-06-23-000023 June 2005 7003218400000000000♠5 years, 357 days Deputy PM: 1999–2005


Vaile, MarkMark Vaile 000000002005-06-23-000023 June 2005 000000002007-12-03-00003 December 2007 7002893000000000000♠2 years, 163 days Deputy PM: 2005–07


Truss, WarrenWarren Truss 000000002007-12-07-00007 December 2007 000000002016-02-11-000011 February 2016 7003298800000000000♠8 years, 66 days Deputy PM: 2013–16


Joyce, BarnabyBarnaby Joyce 000000002016-02-11-000011 February 2016 26 February 2018 7002745000000000000♠2 years, 14 days Deputy PM: 2016–2018


McCormack, MichaelMichael McCormack 26 February 2018

7001400000000000000♠40 days Deputy PM: 2018–

List of deputy leaders[edit]

Order Name Term start Term end Time in office Leader

1 Jowett, EdmundEdmund Jowett 24 February 1920 5 April 1921 7002406000000000000♠1 year, 40 days McWilliams

2 Henry Gregory 5 April 1921 2 December 1921 7002241000000000000♠241 days Page

vacant 23 February 1922 27 June 1922

3 William Fleming 27 June 1922 16 January 1923 7002203000000000000♠203 days

4 William Gibson 16 January 1923 19 November 1929 7003249900000000000♠6 years, 307 days

5 Thomas Paterson 19 November 1929 27 November 1937 7003293000000000000♠8 years, 8 days

6 Harold Thorby

7002992000000000000♠2 years, 262 days

27 November 1937 15 October 1940 Cameron

7 Arthur Fadden 15 October 1940 12 March 1941 7002148000000000000♠148 days vacant

vacant 12 March 1941 22 September 1943


8 John McEwen 22 September 1943 26 March 1958 7003529900000000000♠14 years, 185 days

9 Charles Davidson 26 March 1958 11 December 1963 7003208600000000000♠5 years, 260 days McEwen

10 Charles Adermann 11 December 1963 8 December 1966 7003109300000000000♠2 years, 362 days

11 Doug Anthony 8 December 1966 2 February 1971 7003151700000000000♠4 years, 56 days

12 Ian Sinclair 2 February 1971 17 January 1984 7003473200000000000♠12 years, 349 days Anthony

13 Ralph Hunt 17 January 1984 24 July 1987 7003128400000000000♠3 years, 188 days Sinclair

14 Bruce Lloyd

7003206900000000000♠5 years, 242 days

24 July 1987 23 March 1993 Blunt


15 John Anderson 23 March 1993 1 July 1999 7003229100000000000♠6 years, 100 days

16 Mark Vaile 1 July 1999 23 June 2005 7003218400000000000♠5 years, 357 days Anderson

17 Warren Truss 23 June 2005 3 December 2007 7002893000000000000♠2 years, 163 days Vaile

18 Nigel Scullion 3 December 2007 13 September 2013 7003211100000000000♠5 years, 284 days Truss

19 Barnaby Joyce 13 September 2013 11 February 2016 7002881000000000000♠2 years, 151 days

20 Fiona Nash 11 February 2016 7 December 2017 7002665000000000000♠1 year, 299 days Joyce

21 Bridget McKenzie 7 December 2017 Incumbent

7002120000000000000♠120 days McCormack

List of Senate leaders[edit] The Country Party's first senators began their terms in 1926, but the party had no official leader in the upper chamber until 1935. Instead, the party nominated a "representative" or "liaison officer" where necessary – usually William Carroll. This was so that its members "were first and foremost representatives of their states, able to enjoy complete freedom of action and speech in the Senate and not beholden to the dictates of [...] a party Senate leader". On 3 October 1935, Charles Hardy was elected as Carroll's replacement and began using the title "Leader of the Country Party in the Senate". This usage was disputed by Carroll and Bertie Johnston, but a subsequent party meeting on 10 October confirmed Hardy's position.[28] However, after Hardy's term ended in 1938 (due to his defeat at the 1937 election), the party did not elect another Senate leader until 1949 – apparently due to its small number of senators.[29]

# Name Term start Term end Time in office

1 Hardy, CharlesCharles Hardy 10 October 1935 30 June 1938 7002994000000000000♠2 years, 263 days

vacant 30 June 1938 1949

2 Cooper, WalterWalter Cooper 000000001949-01-01-00001949 000000001960-01-01-00001960

3 Wade, HarrieHarrie Wade 000000001961-01-01-00001961 000000001964-01-01-00001964

4 McKellar, ColinColin McKellar 000000001964-01-01-00001964 000000001969-01-01-00001969

5 Drake-Brockman, TomTom Drake-Brockman 000000001969-01-01-00001969 000000001975-01-01-00001975

6 Webster, JamesJames Webster 000000001976-01-01-00001976 000000001980-01-01-00001980

7 Scott, DouglasDouglas Scott 000000001980-02-01-0000February 1980 000000001985-06-30-000030 June 1985

8 Collard, StanStan Collard 000000001985-07-01-00001 July 1985 000000001987-06-05-00005 June 1987 7002704000000000000♠1 year, 339 days

9 Stone, JohnJohn Stone 000000001987-08-21-000021 August 1987 000000001990-03-01-00001 March 1990 7002923000000000000♠2 years, 192 days

10 Boswell, RonRon Boswell 000000001990-04-10-000010 April 1990 000000002007-12-03-00003 December 2007 7003644600000000000♠17 years, 237 days

11 Scullion, NigelNigel Scullion 000000002007-12-03-00003 December 2007 000000002008-09-17-000017 September 2008 7002289000000000000♠289 days

12 Joyce, BarnabyBarnaby Joyce 000000002008-09-17-000017 September 2008 000000002013-08-08-00008 August 2013 7003178600000000000♠4 years, 325 days

(11) Scullion, NigelNigel Scullion 000000002013-08-08-00008 August 2013 Incumbent 7003170200000000000♠4 years, 241 days

Current state and territory leaders[edit]

State Leader Term began Time in office Notes

NSW John Barilaro 000000002016-11-01-0000November 2016 7002507000000000000♠1 year, 142 days Also Deputy Premier of New South Wales

VIC Peter Walsh 000000002014-12-01-0000December 2014 7003122200000000000♠3 years, 126 days Leader

QLD Deb Frecklington 000000002017-12-01-0000December 2017 7002115000000000000♠115 days Leader1

WA Mia Davies 000000002017-03-01-0000March 2017 7002381000000000000♠1 year, 16 days Leader

NT Gary Higgins 000000002016-09-01-0000September 2016 7002581000000000000♠1 year, 216 days Leader2

1 Queensland
is represented by the Liberal National Party of Queensland. This party is the result of a merger of the Queensland Division of the Liberal Party and the Queensland
National Party to contest elections as a single party. 2 In the Northern Territory, the Country Liberal Party
Country Liberal Party
endorses National candidates for the Senate and Liberal candidates for the House of Representatives. The National Party does not stand candidates in Tasmania or the Australian Capital Territory. Past Premiers[edit]


Premier Term

Sir Frank Nicklin 12 August 1957 – 17 January 1968

Jack Pizzey 17 January 1968 – 31 July 1968

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 8 August 1968 – 1 December 1987

Mike Ahern 1 December 1987 – 25 September 1989

Russell Cooper 25 September 1989 – 7 December 1989

Rob Borbidge 19 February 1996 – 20 June 1998


Premier Term

Sir John Allan 18 November 1924 – 20 May 1927

Sir Albert Dunstan 2 April 1935 – 14 September 1943, 18 September 1943 – 2 October 1945

John McDonald 27 June 1950 – 28 October 1952, 31 October 1952 – 17 December 1952

Donors[edit] See also: Political funding in Australia For the 2015-2016 financial year, the top ten disclosed donors to the National Party were: Manildra Group ($182,000), Ognis Pty Ltd ($100,000), Trepang Services ($70,000), Northwake Pty Ltd ($65,000), Hancock Prospecting ($58,000), Bindaree Beef ($50,000), Mowburn Nominees ($50,000), Retail Guild of Australia
($48,000), CropLife International ($43,000) and Macquarie Group
Macquarie Group
($38,000).[30][31] The National Party also receives undisclosed funding through several methods, such as "associated entities". John McEwen
John McEwen
House, Pilliwinks and Doogary are entities which have been used to funnel donations to the National Party without disclosing the source.[32][33][34][35] See also[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

Aitkin, Don. The country party in New South Wales
New South Wales
(1972) Aitkin, Don. "'Countrymindedness': The Spread of an Idea", ACH: The Journal of the History of Culture in Australia, April 1985, Vol. 4, pp 34–41 Davey, Paul. The Nationals: the Progressive, Country, and National Party in New South Wales
New South Wales
1919–2006 (2006) Davey, Paul. "Politics in the Blood – The Anthonys of Richmond" (2008) Davey, Paul. "Ninety Not Out – The Nationals 1920-2010" (2010) Davey, Paul. "The Country Party Prime Ministers – Their Trials and Tribulations" (2011) Duncan, C.J. "The demise of 'countrymindedness': New players or changing values in Australian rural politics?" Political Geography, Sep 1992, Vol. 11 Issue 5, pp 430–448 Graham, B. D. "Graziers in Politics, 1917 To 1929", Historical Studies: Australia
and New Zealand, 1959, Vol. 8 Issue 32, pp 383–391 Leithner, Christian. "Rational Behaviour, Economic Conditions and the Australian Country Party, 1922–1937", Australian Journal of Political Science, July 1991, Vol. 26 Issue 2, pp 240–259 Williams, John R. "The Organization of the Australian National Party", Australian Quarterly, 1969, Vol. 41 Issue 2, pp 41–51,



^ Kenny, Mark (26 February 2018). "Michael McCormack new Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals leader". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 February 2018.  ^ a b Aitkin, (1972); Graham, (1959) ^ "That Alleged Country Party". The Richmond River Herald and Northern Districts Advertiser. NSW: National Library of Australia. 4 July 1913. p. 2. Retrieved 16 April 2015.  ^ "CORANGAMITE". The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times. Tas.: National Library of Australia. 21 December 1918. p. 5. Retrieved 12 November 2013.  ^ a b Neilson, W. (1986) 'McWilliams, William James (1856–1929)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne. ^ B.D. Graham, "Graziers in Politics, 1917 To 1929", Historical Studies: Australia
and New Zealand, 1959, Vol. 8 Issue 32, pp 383–391 ^ a b Davey (2006) ^ Davey (2005) ^ J. M. Barbalet, "Tri-Partism In Australia: The Role of the Australian Country Party", Politics (00323268), 1975, Vol. 10 Issue 1, pp. 1–11 ^ Joseph Bindloss, Queensland
(2002) p. 24 ^ Jeremy Moon and Campbell Sharman, Australian politics and government (2003) p. 228 ^ Rae Wear, "Countrymindedness Revisited", (Australian Political Science Association, 1990) online edition Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Don Aitkin, "'Countrymindedness': The Spread of an Idea", ACH: The Journal of the History of Culture in Australia, April 1985, Vol. 4, pp. 34–41 ^ C.J. Duncan, "The demise of 'countrymindedness': New players or changing values in Australian rural politics?" Political Geography, Sep 1992, Vol. 11 Issue 5, pp. 430–448 ^ Wanna, John; Arklay, Tracey. The Ayes Have It: The History of the Queensland
Parliament, 1957–1989.  ^ "Labor's clean sweep broken". News.com.au. Sydney. 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2008-09-14. [dead link] ^ Libs 'involved' in McGauran defection, The Age, 30 January 2006 ^ "Victoria election 2014: National Party to 'review' coalition with Liberals in Victoria". ABC News. Retrieved 11 June 2015.  ^ "Peter Ryan stands down as leader of Victorian National Party". ABC News. Retrieved 11 June 2015.  ^ " Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy
elected as new Liberal Party leader in Victoria". ABC News. Retrieved 11 June 2015.  ^ "Senator McGauran quits Nationals – National". Melbourne: theage.com.au. 2006-01-23. Retrieved 2010-04-30.  ^ "Nationals won't toe Libs' line: Joyce". The Sydney Morning Herald. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  ^ Berkovic, Nicola (18 September 2008). "Leader Barnaby Joyce still a maverick". The Australian. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  ^ Murphy, Katharine (11 February 2016). " Barnaby Joyce wins Nationals leadership, Fiona Nash
Fiona Nash
named deputy". The Guardian. Australia. Retrieved 11 February 2016.  ^ Gartrell, Adam (11 February 2016). "Parliament pays tribute to retiring deputy PM Warren Truss
Warren Truss
ahead of Barnaby Joyce elevation". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 February 2016.  ^ Keany, Francis (11 February 2016). " Barnaby Joyce elected unopposed as new Nationals leader". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 11 February 2016.  ^ "Truss wins Nationals leadership". ABC News. Australia. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  ^ Paul Davey (2010). Ninety Not Out: The Nationals 1920–2010. UNSW Press. p. 57.  ^ Davey (2010), p. 58. ^ "Donor Summary by Party Group". www.periodicdisclosures.aec.gov.au. Retrieved 6 September 2017.  ^ "Donor Summary by Party". www.periodicdisclosures.aec.gov.au. Retrieved 6 September 2017.  ^ "Australian political donations: Who gave how much?". Retrieved 7 September 2017.  ^ " John McEwen
John McEwen
House Pty Ltd". Retrieved 7 September 2017.  ^ "Pilliwinks Pty Ltd as Trustee National Party Foundation". Retrieved 7 September 2017.  ^ "Disclosure rules far from revealing". Retrieved 7 September 2017. 

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