It’s been another long day in Australian politics culminating in Federal Independent Rob Oakeshott rejecting an offer of a portfolio in the Gillard government.
The decision allows the Prime Minister to finalise the makeup of her Cabinet, expected by early next week.
Imogen Knowles reports.
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The wait was brought about by delays from Mr Oakeshott in announcing his decision on whether to accept or reject a Cabinet position.
He was the recipient of timely advice to help him reach his decision. Mostly the advice was not to take the position.
Graham Richardson, Labor Power Broker: “I think he oughta take three deep breaths before he makes any decision that says ‘yes’ because once he becomes a minister in the government, he’s part of the Labor government, he’s not an Independent, and that will place his seat in danger.”
South Australia Independent Nick Xenophon also urged Mr Oakeshott that it would be a detrimental decision, telling ABC radio that “it would be good for the Labor government but not so good for him”.
This follows a controversial day regarding Mr Oakeshott’s choice to back the Gillard Government during the election.
It was alleged Mr Oakeshott had previously asked the then NSW Premier Morris Iemma, for a ministerial position.
The drama unfolded as the poll was declared in the seat of Melbourne.
Adam Bandt becoming the first Greens Party member to enter the house of representatives.
Imogen Knowles, QUT News.