It seems things are rocky in the National Party after bouts of conflicts broke out between members of the National Party. The issue in question appears to be conflicting opinions in the Inland Rail project courtesy of the Federal Government. This happened just two days before the leaders of the National party can potentially lose their jobs.
The conflict culminated in what appears to be a brawl over the direction of the Inland Rail route, which has been the source of contention between government officials. Some farmers are against current policies, which has led to the current debates.
It appears there are concerns that the Australian Rail Track Company (ARTC) may not be adequate for the responsibility. This is a big deal for members of parliament, as the government has just spent $9-billion on the project.
Tensions arose when ARTC head John Fullerton have also revealed that there are parts of the Inland Rail track that were not properly quoted and costed.
Background, Citizenship Issues
According to ABC Australia, the conflict started when senators and ministers of parliament (MP) from Queensland in the National party have put their names addressed to Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester. The letter apparently demands they rethink measures as to how the Inland Rail project is being managed.
This move is something irked upon both by senior Liberals and political critics. Additionally, Barbaby Joyce, Fiona Nash, and Senator Matt Canavan may have their jobs on the line. Joyce, Nash, and Canavan, who served as the Nationals leader, deputy leader, and a senator respectively, may lose their jobs should the High Court rule their ineligibility due to dual citizenship.
The letter, already received by Chester, already had Canvan’s name to it. Chester, who is one of the most influential figures in parliament due to his seniority, is not involved in the citizenship conflicts. A lot of senior members in the Liberal side were also concerned that the Nationals are appearing to be unstable at such an important time.