CANBERRA, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) - Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott on Tuesday seized on a "civil war" within Labor Party to declare that only the Coalition can deliver a stable government.
Neither Labor nor Coalition Party gained an outright majority in the Aug. 21 election, meaning one side must win negotiations the three independents lawmakers, Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Bob Katter, as well as the elected Greens member of parliament to form a government.
Abbott insisted that the Coalition had earned the right to form government by winning more primary votes in Saturday's election, and warned that a Labor/Greens alliance would be bad for regional Australia, which also meant an increase in the mining tax, restrictions on marine areas, and the near-certainty of a carbon tax.
Abbott will enter talks with the three independents in coming days with an intention to deliver a government.
The latest counting of vote puts Labor on 72 seats and the Coalition on 70.