Labour win Australian election

High speed rail and anti climate change measures have been promised by Australia's green party after its support helped Labour seal the country's election.

Labour, led by the Welsh born Julia Gillard, won the support of the Greens and two other independent MPs this morning (September 7) to form a minority government.

Independents Tony Windsor and Robb Oakeshott followed the Green’s Adam Bandt to support Labour giving the party 76 seats in the 150-seat Australia parliament.

The Conservatives, led by Tony Abbott, have the largest single number of MPs with 74, but were unable to win the support of enough independents.

The Greens and fellow Independents will oppose any motion of no confidence in the Government from other parties or MPs and support them on a number of key issues.

“There will be a Climate Change Committee resourced as a Cabinet Committee, an investment in dental health care in the next budget and completion of a $20 million study into High Speed Rail by July 2011,” said Australian Greens leader Bob Brown.

Luke Walsh

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