National junior minister and MP for the south-western NSW seat of Riverina, Michael McCormack, is Australia's new deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure after being elected to lead the Nationals this morning. An attempt to manage the unchallenged election of McCormack fell apart when Queensland LNP member George Christensen also stood for the leadership.

In the subsequent Nationals group photo, former leader Barnaby Joyce stood at the back, red-faced and scowling, as his little-known successor fielded questions about whether he was merely keeping the seat warm for Joyce.