PATH CLEARED FOR MCCORMACK

Nationals MPs and Minister for Veterans Affairs Michael McCormack is set to become the deputy prime minister after fellow National David Littleproud pulled out of the race last night.

Littleproud has reportedly had the support of a number of MPs ($) loyal to Barnaby Joyce but evidently could not get over the line, bowing out after David Gillespie also withdrew his candidacy, leaving a clear run for McCormack.