Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

MP Suggests Talent Blend

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

MP Suggests Talent Blend

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Byline: Melissa Grant and AAP melissa.grant@dailymercury.com.au

INDEPENDENT MP Rob Oakeshott yesterday floated the idea of a blended government, saying he wants to draw from parliament's entire talent pool.

The unusual option could have former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd serving as foreign minister for coalition leader Tony Abbott, or former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull serving under Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The election result showed voters had rejected party politics, and it was time to cast aside allegiances and work in the national interest, Mr Oakeshott said.

However, South Australian Premier Mike Rann said a blended government would be difficult to achieve.

Mr Rann, who formed a minority government in South Australia in 2002, said Mr Oakeshott's concept would be much more difficult than having on of the major parities joining with the Independents to take power.

Neither the Coalition nor Labor will reach the 76 lower house seats needed to govern in their own right. …

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