Not deputy PM yet
WARREN Truss hasn’t started packing to move into the Deputy Prime Minister’s office yet.
The re-elected Federal Member for Wide Bay and National Party leader remained cautious yesterday when asked if the Coalition was going to seize power.
“There are still quite a lot of close seats to be called and the Coalition would need to win every one of them,” he said.
If the Coalition did step over the line, Mr Truss would automatically become Tony Abbott’s deputy.
“That’s part of the Coalition agreement.
“But it’s also unlikely that Labor will have the numbers in their own right to govern. That has the potential for an unstable government, which is unfortunate.”
Saturday’s election is expected to leave Australia with its first hung parliament since 1940, with the independents set to determine who will govern.
Mr Abbott said yesterday that he had spoken briefly to each of the three incumbent independents.
“I’ve had a brief conversation with Senator (Bob) Brown of the Greens.
“I’ve left messages for others.”
Mr Abbott said he was looking forward to those discussions “but they are really just discussions to begin discussions”.
Meanwhile, Mr Truss said he was pleased that not only had he retained the seat of Wide Bay, but the LNP had picked up significant Queensland seats.
“There’s been a good result from Caboolture to Cairns with every seat except Capricornia going to the LNP.”
Mr Abbott said the “savage” swing against Labor took away its mandate to govern.
“It is historically unprecedented for a first-term government to receive the kind of rebuff that the Rudd-Gillard government received yesterday,” he said.
"I think the public expect a change of government as a result of the poll."
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