The National Party will not support the full sale of Telstra unless the government meets demands listed in a new five-point plan.
New National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce (Queensland) yesterday warned the government against ignoring the five-point plan, saying the result will be a Telstra sale bill that falls "flat on its face".
"We still remain committed to not selling Telstra and the only way you'll convince us otherwise is by going through these five points," Senator Joyce said.
"I know we certainly don't underestimate our own resolve. We're very close to the people on this one."
The plan, which is not yet finalized, will go to the party's Queensland state conference on July 29, less than a fortnight before federal parliament returns from the winter break and the government begins flexing its one-seat Senate majority.
The Nationals will not reveal details of the plan ahead of the Brisbane conference, but it is sure to include demands for future proofing of telecommunications - parity of service and price between the bush and city, and billions of dollars to fund it.