WA Nationals leader Mia Davies calls for Barnaby Joyce to step down as federal leader

Phoebe WearneThe West Australian
VideoThe leader of the west Australian branch says he's lost the support of the party.

WA Nationals leader Mia Davies is calling on Barnaby Joyce to step down as leader of the Federal party, accusing the besieged Deputy Prime Minister of damaging the party’s brand in regional areas.

In a statement released this afternoon, Ms Davies revealed she had contacted Mr Joyce to inform him that his position as Federal leader is “no longer tenable” and he no longer has the support of the Parliamentary National Party of WA.

“Mr Joyce’s actions have caused pain for his family, but it is the ongoing damage Mr Joyce is causing The Nationals organisation that is of greatest concern to me as WA Leader,” Ms Davies said.

“The Nationals brand across regional Western Australia has suffered as a result of Mr Joyce’s actions and he has become a distraction at both Federal and State level.”

WA Nationals leader Mia Davies at Parliament House.
Camera IconWA Nationals leader Mia Davies at Parliament House. Credit: Nic Ellis

Ms Davies urged Mr Joyce to reconsider his position as leader “in the best interests of the Federal party and State branches”.

“I recognise Mr Joyce for his service to the party over many years, and acknowledge his work dedicated to the people of regional Australia,” she said.

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