Member for Riverina Michael McCormack admits he has no idea if he will still be in his frontbench role this time next week.
Malcolm Turnbull’s ascension to the nation’s top job is set to herald in a ministerial reshuffle, though that may not occur until early next week.
Mr McCormack, however, insisted he wasn’t concerning himself with the looming upheaval.
“I was elected as the member for Riverina and being the member for Riverina occupies almost every one of my waking moments,” he said.
“If I get asked to continue in the role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance that will be good, if I am asked to do something else that will also be good.”
The Nationals spent much of the morning renegotiating the Coalition agreement with Mr Turnbull and extracted a number of new concessions, which include the movement of responsibility for water to the agriculture portfolio from environment.
“Moving water into agriculture is an important step – it won’t solve every single issue for every single irrigator but it certainly belongs in the agriculture portfolio,” Mr McCormack said.
“There has to be a balance … what we’ve seen in the past is too much of a focus on the environment.”
Mr McCormack said there had been “robust” discussions in the Nationals party room on renegotiating the agreement, but ultimately working with the Liberals presented the best option for the party.
Mr Turnbull was sworn in as Prime Minister on Tuesday after winning a ballot for the leadership late the previous night by 54 votes to 44.
The Advertiser hit the streets of Wagga on Tuesday to find out what the community thought of the decision.
Wendy Madigan said she was pleased to see Malcolm Turnbull become Australia’s 29th Prime Minister.
“I just think Tony Abbott was not doing a good enough job, and I hope this will make a big difference to our country,” she said.
Not all were as supportive of the change though, with Jason Gadsby labelling it just “more political infighting”.
“I think the politicians these days are more interested in climbing the ladder than they are in leading our country,” he said.
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