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Will Ken O'Dowd be the next Deputy Prime Minister?

Flynn MP, Ken O'Dowd in parliament
Flynn MP, Ken O'Dowd in parliament Contributed

FLYNN MP Ken O'Dowd this morning said he could throw his hand up and nominate as leader of the federal National Party if the position is thrown open today.

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is under pressure today to prove his pregnant partner and former staffer was not working for him while they were a couple.

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Mr O'Dowd told 4CC this morning that the situation was "embarrassing and a distraction" and if the position became vacant "a lot of hands would go up".

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He acknowledged that his could be one of them.

If elected leader of the Nationals in Canberra, Mr O'Dowd would become the deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

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Missing swimmer on north coast, search underway

HAZARDOUS SURF: Surf lifesavers are pleading with the public to stay out of the water this weekend after one of the biggest rescue days occurred on Saturday and swimmer is still missing on the north coast.

Hazardous surf warning and one swimmer missing

Ute and truck smash on highway

CRASH RESCUE: At 2am on Sunday the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to a crash involving a ute colliding with a truck on the Pacific motorway near Brunswick Heads.

Pacific Highway blocked after ute and truck smash

Ferry return to service delayed

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