Ley tips Gillard
Tuesday, 7th September, 2010
The local federal member believes that Julia Gillard will be the next prime minister of Australia.
On the eve of what could be the naming of Australia's 28th prime minister, the Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, said it was looking increasingly likely that the three independent MPs would not support the Coalition.
Bob Katter, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, all former National Party-turned Independent MPs, hold the key to forming government after neither of the major parties got the required 76 seats to form a government.
Today they are on the verge of making a decision on who to support, finally putting an end to the question asked at the August 21 election, who will run the country for the next three years.
Ms Ley said despite all three independents coming from country areas, it appeared they would side with Labor.
"I think it's becoming increasingly unlikely that they'll support the Coalition," Ms Ley said yesterday.
After securing the support of Tasmanian Greens MP Andrew Wilkie last week, Labor now holds 74 of the 150 House of Representatives seats and needs just two more seats to retain power. The Coalition has 73 seats and would need support from all three independents to form government.
Ms Ley said given the MPs were likely to support Labor, and contrary to belief that the Coalition was conspiring for another election, there was not much chance of voters going back to the polls.
"I think it's unlikely. In spite of people suggesting that we (the Coalition) are conspiring to go back to the polls we are not," she said.
"Going back to the polls is a last resort.
"It wouldn't be a good idea and it's expensive. This is the parliament that the people (elected) and we will work to make it work."
She forecast confusing times ahead if Labor was elected but said it would be business as usual for her.
"What can we expect? A lot of confusion but we will all act on our responsibilities in good faith to get the best possible outcome for Australia," Ms Ley said.
"My job as a local member in a sense is the same.
"I will be taking to Canberra all of the issues that I have got in my (electorate) including projects for Broken Hill like the racecourse, the mining tax - we're not going to have a mining tax that affects Broken Hill - and the Menindee Lakes."