Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock denies reports he has chosen a side

Frome independent Geoff Brock has denied a report on the ABC that he may be leaning towards a Labor minority government.

Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock has denied a report on the ABC that he may be leaning towards a Labor minority government.

Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock has denied a report on the ABC that he may be leaning towards a Labor minority government.

In an interview with Fairfax Media on Thursday morning, Mr Brock said he hadn’t sided with anyone and was still maintaining a “very open mind”.

“I don’t know where they got that from,” he said.

“I have given no leader any indication which way I will go.”

Mr Brock said he had not yet received a call from Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

“If he wants to ring me, I would be happy to take a call from the Prime Minister,” he said.

Mr Brock also indicated that the election result of marginal seats still not declared may not be a factor in his decision.

“Even if it is 23 to 23, one is up in the Speaker’s chair,” he said.

“The closer everything is, the better it is for democracy.”

Mr Brock said in the hypothetical scenario he was offered a Ministry, he would consider taking it.

I’m trying to get the best I can for the regions, if part of that is being a Minister, I would strongly consider it,” he said.

But he was less enthusiastic about the Speaker’s role.

“I would have no control on everything from up there,” he said.

Mr Brock would not say if he would be siding with Fisher independent Bob Such

“For some reason no one is able to contact Bob,” he said.

“I am trying to get through to him.”

He said Nyrstar is at the top of his agenda and he is still consulting with councils and Regional Development Australia.

He confirmed he has met with Liberal leader Steven Marshall and Premier Jay Weatherill twice and would continue meeting with them.

Mr Weatherill said he has had a number of positive conversations with Geoff Brock.

"This is a decision entirely for him," he said.

"I am sure he will weigh up  the relevant considerations and make a decision in the best interests of the  people of Frome and the State of South Australia."

Liberal leader Steven Marshall said he is  having very respectful and private discussions with Mr Brock and Mr Such.

"However, these very respectful and private discussions will not be detailed in the media," he said.  

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