Australian Greens commit to make new gov't work

18:20, September 07, 2010      

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Australian Greens' Leader Bob Brown on Tuesday welcomes the victory of Labor Party to form minority government.

Two country independent Members of Parliament, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, on Tuesday revealed their intention to give Labor their crucial votes, providing the party two extra seats to 76 needed to rule in Parliament.

Their decision came one hour after Brown told reporters in Canberra that the party commits to make the new government work.

Labor leader Julia Gillard last Wednesday signed an agreement with the Greens to secure their support for a Labor minority government, and Senator Brown said that Greens commit to make the new government work in Parliament over the coming three years.

"I think it will be beautiful. I think there will be a great deal of excitement about it," Senator Brown told reporters in Canberra, saying he has already sent his congratulations to Labor Leader Julia Gillard.

"The nation wants governments to go through their full term...a constructive opposition is what this government needs, not a destructive one."

In return for elected Greens' MP Adam Bandt's support, Gillard has offered to set up a climate change committee to consider a price on carbon, immediate reform to political donations, a full parliamentary debate on Afghanistan, a leaders debate commission and agreement on a private members' bill to debate above-the-line voting.

The Greens also secured an agreement from the Labor Party to hold referenda on constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians and on recognition of local government.

Gillard is soon to address her first media conference after the declaration of victory in Canberra.

Source: Xinhua


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