In the event that the 2019 Election results in a hung parliament, Adam will return to the electorate to discuss and develop a negotiation position based on what is best for New England. Adam will form this position based on the further input from the electorate about the nature and mix of the parliament. What is most key is how we could use such negotiations to advance the electorate’s priorities.
Adam’s view that is it not practical or possible to form a fixed policy position about how a hung parliament situation should be dealt with, before knowing the make-up of such a hung parliament.
Adam will maintain his independence at all times so he can clearly continue to work for, with and in the best interests of the electorate and as reflected in the New England Policy Platform.
There is a strong tradition in Australian Parliaments of forming a majority government which guarantees the security of ‘supply’, being the funding for the “ordinary annual services of government” (Section 54 of the Australian Constitution). This is a critically important issue, as we’ve seen recently in the USA where supply was blocked and essential first-responder and other government services had to be shut down for periods of time.
It may be, in a minority government and hung parliament situation, that New England can utilise their independent Member to negotiate an agreement in exchange for guaranteeing supply. Two high profile instances of such minority government agreements were Senator Brian Harradine (1994-1996) and the Gillard Government (2010-2013) with Tony Windsor, Bob Katter, Andrew Wilkie and Rob Oakeshott