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Australian PM is seeking meetings with independent legislators in bid to the shore-up government

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison will meet with independent legislators as early as Monday in an effort…

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison will meet with independent legislators as early as Monday in an effort to support his government in order for the country to lose its parliamentary majority.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during Invictus Games at Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, October 20, 201

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The government saw a 20 percent turn on it at an option in Sydney, which loses government dependent on support from five independent to survive.

Several independent legislators have so far only offered qualified support to Morrison to continue and warn that their support would be conditioned by the political changes.

Cathy McGowan, a member of the ruling government who resigned to be independent, said she expects a meeting between the five legislators and the prime minister to happen on Monday.

“Ideally, I would like the government to go fully, but we, the crossbenchers, will have discussions today with the Prime Minister, Treasurer and various other ministers,” said McGowan to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Morrison has to return to the votes in May 2019.

Sources familiar with plans for the other independent legislators told Reuters that no meeting has yet been planned in the course of negotiations. A spokesman for Morrison refused to comment.

Morrison’s move to meet with the independent laws comes as his candidate party in the Liberal Party maintains a slight chance of winning in Wentworth’s voters.

Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps has a leadership of more than 1,600 votes, but several thousand postal votes still count.

Morrison presented the seat, left by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after his retirement from politics after he was suspended as leader in August, but later acknowledged that he may have acknowledged too early.

The general meeting was driven to international appearance following Morrison’s late attempt to receive support from Jewish voters, who account for 13 percent of Wentworth’s voters, by proposing that Australia could recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing Daniel Wallis

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