Tony Windsor , one of three independents who will decide who leads Australia, said he’ll return to his electorate at the weekend to chose whether Prime Minister Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott should form a government.
Australian independent lawmaker Tony Windsor said he doesn’t “intend to rush” a decision whether to support the Labor Party or the Liberal-National coalition after a deadlocked vote at the Aug. 21 general election.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, needing an unprecedented recovery in popularity to win elections in three months, faces a window in coming weeks where her leadership could again come under challenge.
The three independent lawmakers courted by Australia’s two major parties after the closest national election in 70 years could split their support, giving neither the 76 seats needed to form a government and forcing another ballot, one of the independents said.
Proposals to cut irrigation to Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin, which produces most of the nation’s fresh food, won’t see “the light of day” in this three-year term of parliament, the Australian Financial Review reported independent lawmaker Tony Windsor as saying.
Julia Gillard held on to power as Australia’s first female prime minister after two independent lawmakers agreed to prop up a minority Labor Party government to resolve the country’s closest election in 70 years.