Gillard clings to power

Julia Gillard will remain Prime Minister after securing the support of two of the three rural Independent MPs to form government.


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What is there to say - just another waste of public money as there is no doubt that the Labor party will not be able to honor promises to the independents, so we could be in for another election sooner than later. Pity we didn't do it now because i suspect that this situation leaves people on both sides of the political fence unhappy

Well I guess Tont Windsor and Rob Oakshot see themselves as the "Queen makers." I wonder what their electorates think of this move! From conservative Right to so far Left you will not see them. I would suggest this Parliament will last no more than 6 months and then it will be interesting to see what happens to the Queen Makers!

well well get ready for it you guessed it more taxes punish the businesses slaughter the mining company and let all the free loaders in and when were done let China come in and buy us all out well done to one and all!

West Leederville
Thought it worthwhile providing a more positive spin on the outcome. We have a government with a leader of integrity who's true colours have always been on show. The alternative was a puppet who was manouvred carefully though a political campaign (signs of George Bush Jnr?). It amazes me how 'half' a country as diverse and multicultural as Australia will support an MP who has expressed strong prejudices against women, children and ethnics. Shame on us! Good on you Julia.

St James
I wonder how their electorate feel right now................betrayed, I would say Somebody did suggest a few weeks ago that there should have been another election just for those 3 seats and I am sure they would have got "the message" not to vote the way they did It took Rob O over 40 minutes of nothing to come to the wrong conclusion Back to square one ... more of the same to bring Australia into bigger debt that we will have to pay I agree with Andy Jenkins above with his comments

Pemberton WA
Good to see common sense prevail. I have no doubt in my mind that the best decision was made by all concerned and this is a step in the right direction. With the Greens holding the balance of power in the senate, moderation, well thought out policies and a 'fair shake of the tomato sauce' should be the outcome for all Australians. Go gettum Julia!

I'd urge everyone to stop throwing around their highly factional optinions. This isn't football, its government! A large component of the swing came from Labour and went directly to the Greens. I find it interesting that centre left government be installed, with its first Green representative ever to form part of the government. It seems more proportional and the closest we're going to get to proportional represtentation. Hopefully a minority government will encourage policy decisions that are less dictatorial and more consultative.

I am in a state of shock!!! There were ALP candidates in both of the seats which were untimately won by these two independents, . These ALP candidates received 8.5% , and 13.4% respectively, of the seats total votes......hardly a ringing endoresment by the electors of these two seats...of ALP policy..........And yet the two elected independents......have calmy ignored the wishes of their electors...and installed a Labor Government.. today............So much for all that garbage about putting their electors wishes first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope they enjoy this parliament..because unless I'm very much mistaken.......they will soon pay the ultimate political price for their complete lack of respect for the clear will of their own electorates..............

I hope that all of the people who vote informally are happy with their decision - what a pathetic outcome - no mandate for anything. Who says 43 BILLION dollars should be spent on broadband when we know how dynamic technological change is. Where's the national conversation about multi-channel wireless? Where's the conversation about mobile internet and mobile communications? Who says 43 BILLION dollars will give me better communications in my car while I travel through regional Australia? We should have gone back to the polls. Who says that 100 MILLION dollars in INTEREST only EVERY day is OK? No one runs their business like this, and stays in business for long. I say it's time to stop independents having such power. I hope I'm wrong, but if I'm right I guess I'll have to wait 3 years before I can do anything about it.

West Leederville
Steve and Steve spot on, love your logical accountability... Alf - hope your feelings have been stroked and the words are soothing. Hope you also enjoy paying more tax, watch your standard of living drop as that crazy lady racks up the debt, cripples your future so your kids can enjoy a redundant broadband and not have an opportunity of working in the mining industry. In fact their first language might be Mandarin or Arabic by then... Just detest you soft, left, pink wallys... C'mon tell me about your feeelings again...

By July-11 when the Green's Senate kicks in, the lucky country will have a government that truly believes MONEY DOES GROW ON TREES -$100.0M in interest will become small fry!

las vegas, nv.
I'm shocked, shocked, that the "independents" went south with the "Greens" and the "Laborites". It almost looks like the Judges in Nevada, USA; and Windsor & Oakshot "tooke the cooke". Aye the vagaries of democracy. Always politics, never common sense. Pity poor mankind.

west perth
Good ALWAYS wins.

So after 17 days of deliberation Australia now clearly knows how smart these "independants" are– having watched their media conference the one gem of insight into their integrity was the comment that they backed the labor government because “it was the party least likely to go back to the polls” (because it was the party most likely to lose). And our great country is now effectively in their hands. It does not get any scarier than that It defies comprehension – and makes Bob Katter look a moral collosus!

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