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Minority Government Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the agreement between the independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott that delivered minority government to Julia Gillard in the aftermath of an inconclusive August 21 election.

Here’s the audio of what the main players said on September 7, 2010. [Read more…]


Katter Supports Coalition; Windsor-Oakeshott Decision Due Shortly

Bob Katter walked out of talks with his fellow independents at 1.30pm and called a press conference in his office to announce that he will support a coalition government led by Tony Abbott.

Bob Katter

Katter’s sudden announcement caught media outlets off-guard. Television stations broadcast his announcement with audio only.

  • Listen to Bob Katter’s press conference (34m)

The member for Kennedy said that the ALP had not committed to the “20 points” document he prepared for negotiations.

Katter’s decision means that the Gillard government needs the support of both Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott to form a minority government.

The ALP has 72 members in the House of Representatives. Julia Gillard has signed agreements with Andrew Wilkie and the Greens (Adam Bandt holds the seat of Melbourne), giving Labor 74 votes.

Bob Katter

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Bob Katter Attacks the Media

Independent MP Bob Katter attacked the media today in a media doorstop at Canberra airport.

Mr. Katter is one of the independents who will decide the fate of the Gillard government after last Saturday’s inconclusive election.


Independent Members – House – 2001

The table on this page shows the Independent members returned to the House of Representatives at the 2001 Federal Election.

The election was held on November 10, 2001.

Independent Members of the House of Representatives 2001
3 members
No.
Name Division, State First
Elected
1
Andren, Peter James Calare, NSW
1996
2
Katter, Hon. Robert Carl Kennedy, Qld
1993
3
Windsor, Tony New England, NSW
2001



Note: There have been a number of independent members of the House of Representatives in recent years. Tony Windsor now joins Peter Andren and Ted Mack (North Sydney 1990-96) as only the third genuinely independent member to be elected to the House. The others, including Bob Katter, were previously elected as members of political parties.

  • Peter Andren has never been a member of a political party.
  • Bob Katter held Kennedy for three terms as a member of the National Party, before resigning in July 2001.
  • Tony Windsor was once a member of the National Party. He was defeated for pre-selection for Gwydir in 1990 and was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly seat of Tamworth in 1991.

Independent Members – House – 1998

The 1998 Federal Election resulted in just one independent member being returned to the House of Representatives.

The election was held on October 3, 1998.

Independent Members of the House of Representatives 1998
1 member
No.
Name Division, State First
Elected
1
Andren, Peter James Calare, NSW 1996



Note: Peter Andren was the only independent member elected in 1998.

He was subsequently joined by Andrew Theophanous (Calwell, Vic) who resigned from the ALP on April 18, 2000, and by Bob Katter (Kennedy, Qld) who resigned from the National Party in July 2001.

There have been a number of independent members of the House of Representatives in recent years. All, apart from Andren, were previously elected as members of a party. Andren and Ted Mack (North Sydney, 1990-96) have been the only genuine independents to sit in the House in the post-war era.