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.
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.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s second win over rivals for her job in a year gave her minority government space to assemble a budget as it struggles to revive public support ahead of a national election.
Australia’s three independent lawmakers are unlikely to work as a bloc with either side of politics, Tony Windsor told Australian Broadcasting Corp. television today after he and fellow independents Bob Katter and Robert Oakeshott held talks last night.