Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack nationals leader

It's an indictment of the state Australian politics when limiting our "Crisis Watch" format to just the major parties seems totally unfair. This is particularly true of the Liberals' Coalition partner, the National Party, which punches so routinely above its weight in terms of minor-party scandal-generation that we felt it deserved a special look.

Intra-Coaltion warfare

The Nats are plagued by scandal, vested with bullies and riddled with incompetence. The one thing they were supposed to be good at were looking after farmers and they have failed at that.