Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is a microcosm of the National Party — his problems are theirs, and theirs are his.
Questions about Antony Catalano's new venture, Littleproud's potential tilt for Nationals leadership, and Katter Jr's interesting show of pride in his state.
As government backbenchers move to ban the live sheep trade, the lies of industry advocate and politicians are being exposed.
The National Party has succeeded in keeping the brutal live sheep export industry alive, insisting that the bureaucrats at the heart of its failed regulatory system can be trusted to fix it.
During his period as Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce halted any efforts to improve animal welfare standards in live exports, expunged animal welfare from his department and degraded existing protections. And his department has followed his example.
A terrified government is rushing to do whatever it can to save the live export industry -- including attacking its own bureaucrats and embracing the opposition.