Barnaby Joyce has been re-elected as the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia after winning majority of the votes in the 21-member party room meeting.
Joyce won National leader Michael McCormack in a leadership spill on Monday.
In a press conference after the spill, Joyce said he was humbled to be elected as a leader, as he did not expect to win.
Joyce also acknowledged that the three years he spent on the backbench helped him reflect on his actions and the impact it has on others.
“I don’t want to dwell on the personal, except to say, hopefully, one learns from their mistakes and makes a better person of themselves,” he said as he addressed his fellow Australians.
The deputy PM elect said he would maintain a strong stance on China and foreign investment in Australia. He also said that he would be working to protect the liberty of Australians.
“The sanctities of the liberties that we hand over to our children, the expectation that they will grow up being able to say whatever they want, as we can say whatever we want, and to live in a free nation is first and foremost in my mind