Australia's opposition rules out power-sharing after election
CANBERRA (REUTERS) - Australia's opposition, tipped to sweep looming elections, on Wednesday ruled out power-sharing with minor parties and independents in a promise aimed at closing off three years of minority rule that have shaken voters and business confidence.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, whose conservatives lead Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's ruling Labor in surveys ahead of the Sept. 7 ballot, said he would not do deals with influential Greens and crossbench independents as the price of taking power.
"This action will protect the economy and jobs. Minority government is an experiment that has comprehensively failed," Mr Abbott said.
Australia's 2010 election delivered the first minority government since World War Two, with centre-left Labor's then leader Julia Gillard becoming prime minister with the support of Green and independent MPs after weeks of dealmaking.