Lawmaker to back Australian government in hung parliament

July 7, 2016 5:26 AM

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CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s conservative government tightened its slim grip on power on Thursday as it increased its narrow lead in election vote counting and as an independent lawmaker agreed to support the ruling party if it does not win a majority.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traveled to the east coast city of Brisbane for talks Thursday with maverick independent lawmaker Bob Katter to discuss what demands Katter might make in return for supporting a minority government if the count from the weekend election ended with only Australia’s thi...

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