Australian independent lawmaker Bob Katter said he’ll support the coalition’s Tony Abbott , putting the opposition leader two seats short of the 76 he needs to form government following the closest election in 70 years.
Australia’s independent lawmakers, likely kingmakers after a deadlocked election, indicated they will take time to decide whether to back Prime Minister Julia Gillard or opposition leader Tony Abbott .
Australia’s three serving independents, likely to hold the balance of power in the national parliament, will meet tomorrow to decide which party to support and whether to back a tax on mining company profits.
Australia’s independent lawmakers criticized opposition chief Tony Abbott for hiding the cost of election pledges, even as a poll showed voters hope legislators who could hold the key to forming a government will back him.
Australian voters who elected Tony Windsor , Bob Katter and Robert Oakeshott , the independent lawmakers who will determine which party forms a government, want them to back the Liberal-National coalition, according to a poll.
ASX Ltd. , the owner of Australia’s stock exchange, tumbled the most in 20 months as some of the nation’s lawmakers said they’ll try to derail its A$8.09 billion ($8 billion) takeover by Singapore Exchange Ltd.
Three Australian lawmakers who may hold the balance of power after a deadlocked election met in Canberra to discuss whether they’ll back Prime Minister Julia Gillard or opposition leader Tony Abbott to form a government.