8.40am – John Anderson has been elected leader of the National Party at a party room meeting held in Canberra.
His deputy will be Mark Vaile.
Anderson defeated Ian Causley, member for Page, in a two-way ballot. Causley is a former NSW State Minister.
Anderson is the member for Gwydir in New South Wales. He was first elected to the Federal Parliament in 1989 to replace National Party stalwart, Ralph Hunt.
Mark Vaile has been the member for the New South Wales electorate of Lyne since 1993.