Freshly endorsed as the Nationals’ deputy leader, Bridget McKenzie was exactly where she wanted to be — up at the front of the post-election partyroom meeting.

Her leader, Michael McCormack, had just finished addressing colleagues when Damian Drum, the party whip, called the new Nationals ladies forward for a photo.

Senator McKenzie, clearly bemused at the oversight, quipped “right, well, this woman is already up the front so I’ll just have something to say” before launching into her own congratulatory address.