Barnaby Joyce has survived a bid by some of his own MPs to force him to quit the National Party leadership.
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Nationals MPs are split, with a small group pushing for the Deputy Prime Minister to resign, while a second group believes he is deeply wounded by recent revelations about his private life but is prepared to give him more time.
The third group — which supports him keeping his job as leader — has so far prevailed.
Nationals backbencher Ken O’Dowd told journalists on Wednesday morning a new leader could be found to replace Mr Joyce.
But Mr Joyce received strong backing from other Nationals, including Cabinet minister David Littleproud and party whip Michelle Landry.