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How Long Can It Take To Decide Which Party Will Rule Australia? ABOUT TIME!

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Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor

What do you get when you give three independent MPs a large amount of political power of which they aren't used to? Three bumbling indecisive idiots who, together, could probably not even decide on what to have for lunch, the chicken or the beef?

For the past seventeen days Australia has had no political leadership and for seventeen days independent MPs Bob Katter, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott have dilly-dallied about by calling meetings with Coalition leader Tony Abbott and Labor leader Julia Gillard and asking them who they think should run the country.

Since election day on Saturday August 21 not many people can really remember the policies offered by the parties and it's not really relevant any more to any voter. The three independents claim they do not want to put Australia through another election, as if they're doing us a favour because obviously, we as a population couldn't decide.

After seventeen days the press conference dragged on even longer as Windsor and Oakeshott rambled on about ridiculous hypotheticals, almost making them sound as if their not too confident with their forthcoming announcement.

Katter decided to support the Coalition while Windsor decided to support Labor. So it all came down to Oakeshott. Watching the press conference I felt as if Windsor wasted the seventeen days of deciding as there was nothing new from him, he said he thought the national broadband policy by Labor was a good one and that helped him steer towards Labor. How long can it take anyone to decide on an internet plan anyway? Like, you go pre-paid or post paid, the more expensive one or the less expensive one. I know if it took me seventeen days to decide on an internet plan I'd be out of a job!

Oakeshott came up next and of course came with him yet another boring speech delaying the process.
So there you have it, Gillard has still not been elected PM by the public but only by three independent MPs. She usurped power in the first place and has now weaselled a win in the 2010 election. For Australia's first female Prime Minister, she didn't really impress the public but only the three independents. It'd be interesting to know what really happened behind closed doors during the decision making process.

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