Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock, based in Port Pirie, has described his discussions with Labor and Liberal leaders as “fruitful” but has no plans on rushing a decision on who he would support if he holds the balance of power.
Brock emerged from discussions with Liberal leader Steven Marshall on Monday morning and previously met with Labor’s Jay Weatherill on Sunday after polling results indicated South Australia could face a hung parliament.
If neither major party can form government, it will be up to Brock and fellow independent Dr Bob Such (Fisher) to decide who will form a minority government.
Mr Brock told Fairfax Media he had questioned both leaders about their philosophies and plans.
His next step will be to talk with his five local councils – Port Pirie Regional Council, District Council of Barunga West, Northern Areas Council, Wakefield Regional Council and Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council.
“We have to be realistic in what we’re asking for,” he said.
“I want the best outcome for Frome and regional South Australia.”
He said he would meet again with Mr Weatherill and Mr Marshall for a second time and “make a decision from there”.
Mr Brock was still open to supporting the same party as Mr Such but would not say if the two leaders would work together or make their decisions separately.
I want the best outcome for Frome and regional South Australia.Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock
“It was difficult to talk yesterday (with the media there),” he said.
But Mr Brock was photographed dining with Mr Such in the Parliament House blue room on Monday afternoon.
Mr Brock maintained that he would be meeting with the mayors in Frome and would consider the second preference votes on his ballot papers.
“I have a pretty good idea of what it will be, but I need to check them all and see who people put second,” he said.
The votes of Frome electors who did not vote for him would not be considered, he said.
He said the result from Saturday night was not what he expected.
“I had a wonderful night Saturday,” he said