I am deeply disappointed that two of the  “Rural Independents” have failed to support the Coalition in forming a minority Government. My perspective is that a Government shown to be incompetent, to the point they removed their own leader, has been returned to power, notwithstanding the fact that to all intents and purposes the Coalition “won” the election. They won the primary vote, are leading the two party preferred vote and won the most seats of any party in their own right. The Labor party won ten seats on Green preferences, where they failed to win the Primary vote.

The action of Tony Windsor and Rob Oakbridge (Rural Independents) is a betrayal of the broad Australian electorate and of the voting preferences of their individual electorates. I console myself in recalling the old proverb-“it’s a long road without a turning”.

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