On this week's Twisted Wire Malcolm Turnbull expands on his plans for broadband development under a coalition government.
Talking to Malcolm Turnbull for Twisted Wire this week, I was struck with how the two sides of government are moving closer to the same approach. There's still a way to go, but the shadow communications minister has a far more reasoned plan than some of his predecessors.
Both sides now see the need for the separation of Telstra. Nick Minchin, when he was shadow communications minister, was vehemently opposed to the idea.
He argues that government monopolies tend to be inefficient and it is dangerous to deliberately set about reducing competition.
After the conversation, I question whether the real difference between Labor and the Coalition rests on the question of cross subsidisation. If Labor got rid of that approach could it allow free and open competition against NBN Co and make both sides of politics happy? At the very least they'd have less to argue about.
Have a listen then give us your thoughts on whether there's a compromise plan that could — shock horror — see a bipartisan approach to broadband. Call the Twisted Wire Feedback Line on 02 9304 5198.