Telstra boss to meet National Party

The sale of Telstra will be at the centre of debate at the Queensland National Party state conference which begins today.

Outgoing National Party president Terry Bolger has made it clear party members will not automatically support full privatisation of Telstra.

He told ABC Radio today the Queensland Nationals lost a third of their support by backing John Howard's guns legislation and would not repeat that by siding with the government on the Telstra sale.

He expected to see National Party senators not voting for Telstra privatisation legislation rather than crossing the floor.

The Nationals have put forward a five-point plan for improving Australia's bush telecommunications that will be debated at the conference.

The party has made it clear it will not support the full sale of Telstra unless the plan is implemented.

Meanwhile, Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo has confirmed he will meet with Queensland Premier Peter Beattie and Nationals leader Mark Vaile.

Trujillo is heading to the outback in central Queensland and will also address Telstra staff.

The tour will conclude with a meeting with Beattie.

He will meet with Vaile early next week.

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