Carr’s Column – Abbott’s worst mistake
One cannot underestimate the impact broadband had on delivering Windsor and Oakeshott to support Labor. This could be seen as Abbott’s worst mistake. He accepted Minchin’s advice on a broadband policy, tied himself to a concept that ultimately denied him the prime ministership. It was a policy based on the proposition that Telstra shareholders could be persuaded to back the coalition. They did not and the coalition lost the support of these cross bench rural MPs because of the gap between Labor and the Coalition on broadband.