Fraser now the Nationals? deputy leader



Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser has been elected deputy leader of the NSW Nationals.

Andrew Stoner was yesterday re-elected leader of the Nationals, while Mr Fraser replaced Don Page as deputy leader.

Duncan Gay was re-elected Nationals leader in the Upper House.

Mr Fraser, who won an increased majority last Saturday, shot to national prominence when he was suspended from parliament for eight sitting days in October 2005 after he chased then roads minister Joe Tripodi across the chamber and grabbed him by the shirt before being restrained by other MPs and staff.

Mr Stoner said the Nationals MPs were still to make a decision on whether they should remain in coalition with the Liberals, following Labor's fourth election victory in a row on Saturday.

"No final decisions have been made on this front," Mr Stoner said.

"The Nationals are a separate party and will ultimately act in the best interests of country NSW."



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