Nick O'Malley As Rob Oakeshott took to his Parliament House lectern, one of the televisions in one of his local pubs, the Port Macquarie Hotel, was switched from a racing channel to the news.
Federal independent MP Rob Oakeshott has rejected an offer to be a minister in a Labor minority government.
Federal Independent MP Rob Oakeshott has rejected an offer to be a minister in a Labor minority government.
Dan Harrison Federal government figures back independent MP Rob Oakeshott's claims of a 'crisis' in education in regional Australia.
AUSTRALIA is set to go to a referendum before the next election on the constitutional recognition of its first peoples.
Jacob Saulwick NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT JULIA GILLARD'S $10 billion boost for the regions, put together to win the support of the rural independents, includes a mix of new money, repackaged promises and local handouts.
Mark Davis Did Rob Oakeshott waffle on a little too long?
Phillip Coorey Independent MPs would have greater flexibility to miss a vote in the House of Representatives and not be penalised under changes agreed to yesterday for proposed parliamentary reforms.
Katharine Murphy Australia is inching closer to its next PM after sweeping reforms to the House of Representatives were endorsed by the rural independents and the major parties.
The three rural independent MPs have reached agreement with both major parties on reforming parliamentary procedures.
Independent MP Bob Katter is now unlikely to announce today who he'll back to form government, with his office stating he has "no press conference scheduled".
Federal Labor has agreed to the independents' parliamentary reforms, but the coalition is "dragging its feet" on the issue, government house leader Anthony Albanese says.
North Queensland independent expected to announce today which party he will support to form minority government with bookies backing Labor.
Michelle Grattan How can three men talk so much and reveal so little? No one can be sure who the country independent trio will install in power next week.
Michael Gordon With the trio of independents about to decide the fate of government, will the result spell a radical shift for the two-party combat model? Michael Gordon reports.
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has claimed credit for a future tax summit after meeting two rural independents in an attempt to win their support for killing the mining tax.
Katharine Murphy How exactly is this particular Labor/Greens "new paradigm" going to go down with the folks in Tamworth and Mt Isa and Taree? Not brilliantly one suspects.
Mark Davis It's not just the eccentric telephone manner of Liberal senator Bill Heffernan that has been bedevilling one of Canberra's most sought-after politicians.
Mark Davis It's not just the eccentric telephone manner of Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan that has been bedeviling one of Canberra's most sought-after politicians.
Lobbyists are gaining in force - now more than ever, writes Mark Davis.