Independent MP, Bob Katter, has moved to back the Coalition for government under Tony Abbott. This gives both parties 74 seats each and puts pressure on the final two MPs to make a decision.
According to Katter, the move was based on negotiations over his 20 point priority plan. He claimed the Coalition provided more than the Gillard Government.
On the issue of Broadband, Katter was adamant that both sides were fairly similar.
“There were issues like broadband where they weren’t all that far apart,” he said. “I think there’s a better broadband deal from the ALP, but I’m not an expert in that.”
But broadband appeared not to play a major role and was not present in the top 20 issues he cited as being key priorities.
However, Katter said he wasn’t aware of how the other two independents, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, were leaning. He also claimed to have locked in his vote by earlier today and that he wouldn’t be taking on a ministerial position.
Katter said he had unashamedly supported his electorate’s issues rather than everything else.
“I went for my tribe, my homeland,” he said.