After bids failed from the similarly renowned David Littleproud and David Gillespie, the field to leadership of the Nationals fell to Minister for Veterans Affairs Michael McCormack (technically he beat out a last minute run by George Christensen, but ... come on ...). A recurring gag is that, out of a line-up of one, McCormack is still impossible to pick out.

Newspaper man

Growing up in Wagga Wagga, regional New South Wales and raised on various family farms, McCormack started out in the media; getting a cadetship at the local rag, the Daily Advertiser and rising all the way to editor within three years. Indeed, the MEAA have noted this may well be the first time that both the Prime Minister and deputy PM are former members of their organisation. In this capacity, he achieved his one claim to genuine notoriety, and let's face it, it's not a good one.