Australian Independent proposes a unity of political parties' cabinet

10:43, August 24, 2010      

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Independent Member of Parliament Rob Oakeshott Tuesday said Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott should consider a ruling coalition which would see former political enemies sitting side by side around the cabinet table.

Neither Gillard nor Abbott gained an outright majority in the Aug. 21 election, meaning one side must win negotiations with Oakeshott and his fellow independents lawmakers Tony Windsor and Bob Katter to form a government.

On Tuesday the New South Wales independent told the ABC News that a majority of 76 would not be enough to ensure stable government in the event of a by-election, saying that the two parties should consider putting together a ruling coalition which could, for example, include former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull sitting in a cabinet headed by Julia Gillard.

Oakeshott is preparing for talks with his fellow independents Tony Windsor and Bob Katter in Canberra on Tuesday as the political deadlock continues.

The three key independents are also likely to make time to meet newly-elected Greens Member of Parliament Adam Bandt, who has also arrived in Canberra.

Bandt has previously indicated he would be likely to side with a Labor government, but said he will be talking with both sides, adding that the make up of the future government should last for its full term.

"I do think that we don't want to be going to the polls again sometime soon," Bandt said.

Abbott and Gillard are also in Canberra, and will also meet with the independents to negotiate for the support of forming a minority government in coming days.

Source: Xinhua

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