After more than two weeks of horse trading and backroom deals, the three independents at the center of Australia's knife-edge election have made their choice: Julia Gillard. While the right-wing Bob Katter broke with bloc to throw his support behind the Liberal/National Coalition of Tony Abbott, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor used their "kingmaker" powers to nudge the incumbent Australian Labor Party over the line by a solitary seat, reports Australia's ABC.
At a Canberra media conference, Ninemsn reports that a low-key Gillard pledged accountability: "I know that if we fail in this solemn responsibility, we will be judged harshly when we next face the Australian people at the next election," she said. "Being held to that test is just the way I want it." Abbott's concession is expected shortly. Read the full article. (Read more Julia Gillard stories.)