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Greens Eye Kingmaker Role in Australia Polls Amid Anti-Coal Push

  • Smaller parties likely to play major role in upcoming vote
  • Dissatisfaction with top two parties may see a hung parliament
A campaign sign for Greens party candidate Adam Bandt in 2019.

A campaign sign for Greens party candidate Adam Bandt in 2019.

Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

The leader of a minor Australian party that could end up deciding the next Australian government after May elections said the center-right Liberal National Coalition government and the Labor opposition have  ”blood on their hands” over their support for new fossil fuel mining.

Adam Bandt said the Australian Greens Party, the country’s third largest political group, would press for an end to coal and gas mining as a key condition of their support if they controlled the balance of power in either house of Parliament after the May 21 polls.