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Julia Gillard wins Greens support in govt bid

Photo : Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks at a press conference in Canberra, Australia, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. A Greens lawmaker agreed Wednesday to help the center-left Labor Party form a minority Australian government in a climate-focused alliance while other kingmaker legislators said they are close to deciding whether to back Labor or a conservative coalition. (Getty Images)

September 01, 2010

(KATAKAMI / INDIAN EXPRESS) — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard forged an alliance with the Greens party on Wednesday to take her party closer to forming a government, but vowed not to allow the deal to change her plans for a tax on miners’ profits.  

Our election commitments are our election commitments, the Labor Party leader told a news conference. In the days since the election I’ve been asked will you change the Minerals Resource Rent Tax, and the answer of course is no.

Labor’s widely expected agreement with the influential Greens party gives Gillard 73 seats in the 150-member lower house, bringing her level with the oppposition conservative coalition but still three short of the majority required to rule.

A jostle for the support of four independent lawmakers who emerged from Aug. 21’s inconclusive election holding the balance of power could still drag into early next week.

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