Labor to govern Australia with support of independent MP's

September 7, 2010

Independent MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott have agreed to support Julia Gillard's Labor Party (ALP), giving the ALP a majority in the Australian Parliament.Earlier, independent Queensland MP Bob Katter shocked observers by splitting from the two other independents in joining Tony Abbott's Coalition.Today's announcement ends a two week period of horse-trading after Labor won 72 seats and the Coalition 73 in the August 21 election.Independent Andrew Wilkie and the sole lower chamber member from the Greens party Adam Bandt had previously pledged allegiance to Labor.The two MPs will give Labor a 76 to 74 majority in the Australian Parliament.

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