Talks Begin to Form Australia’s Minority Government

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The weekend election in Australia resulted in a hung parliament with no party winning a majority right to govern. Now it’s up to a handful of independent and Green MPs who will decide the makeup of Australia's minority government.

Australian independent MP Bob Katter is one of three MPs who could decide the makeup of Australia's next government, following a deadlocked election result at the weekend.

Katter is meeting for talks in Canberra with fellow independent MPs Rob Oakshott and Tony Windsor, and Green MP Adam Brandt.

They are expected to hold the balance of power with poll experts predicting both major parties will win 73 seats each, with 76 seats needed to form government.

While Brandt is expected to throw his support behind Julia Gillard's Labor party, the preferences of the other three MPs is not yet known.

All four are united by their desire for stable government, a sentiment echoed by opposition leader Tony Abbott.

[Tony Abbot, Opposition Leader]:
"I will do everything I reasonably can to ensure that we emerge from this election with a competent and stable government."

At stake is the fate of the Labor party's planned 30 percent tax on resources and a $38 billion fiber-optic broadband network.

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