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Australian election: Gillard and Abbott meet independent lawmakers

08-25-2010 20:13 BJT

Three independent lawmakers who could decide which party governs Australia have held separate meetings with caretaker Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and opposition leader, Tony Abbott.

Ahead of the talks at Parliament House, the independents said they would demand details of how much competing election promises will cost the nation over the next three years. Independent, Rob Oakeshott says they want access to the government's top financial bureaucrats as part of their budget investigations.

The three independents have expressed preference for Labor's promise to build a 38 billion US dollar high-speed optical fibre national broadband network, a major election platform.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV

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