“We will not be entering into any coalition agreements, we won’t be having any negotiated agreements, we won’t have any deals with any independents or any minor party,” Rudd said of his decision not to enter into any deal-making arrangements in the event of a hung parliament. 

Julia Gillard’s minority government was routinely portrayed as weak for its coalition grounding. Opposition leader Tony Abbott had already spoken out about his wish not to enter into any coalition deal after the election next month as he wanted Australia to have a stable government.

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