THE federal election is not just a two-horse race, according to a Ballarat candidate.
Ballarat’s federal election candidates were asked at Commerce Ballarat’s Election Forum breakfast yesterday if it were a minority government, who the minor party candidates would support in the two-horse race between Labor or Liberal.
Six of the 10 candidates answered during the event at the Alexandria on Lydiard yesterday.
Palmer United Party candidate Gerard Murphy said he was offended by the statement that it was a two-horse race.
“The Palmer United Party had candidates in every single seat and for every state in the Senate.
“We’re not a minority party.
“And I intend to win, and if I don’t win it, it won’t be for lack of trying.”
Mr Murphy did not state a major party he would vote alongside in the case of a minority government.
“We won’t side with one particular party.
“We would want to support any party that wants to make right for Australia. We need to have integrity and vision beyond the next election.”
Greens candidate Stephanie Hodgins-May said she felt comfortable in answering as the Greens had held the balance of power.
“The Greens have preferenced the Labor Party over the Liberal Party as there is too much uncertainty in the Liberal Party in regards to climate change,” she said.
“But each legislation we will assess on a case-to-case basis.”
Ballarat MP and Labor candidate Catherine King said having a minority government had been a difficult process as everything had to be negotiated.
“Australia isn’t used to having a minority government, but in New Zealand it happens all the time,” Ms King said.
“Despite the challenges, we’ve still been able to pass major policies.”
Democratic Labour Party candidate Stephen Vereker said the current government had been helped to ransom by independents.
He said he would look at policies on a case-by-case basis.
Liberal candidate John Fitzgibbon said a vote for the Greens was another vote for a minority government.
Katter’s Australia Party candidate Shane Dunne said he would vote with the Liberal Party if he needed to.