Democrats call for referendum on Telstra sale

The Australian Democrats yesterday called for a referendum on the full sale of Telstra.

Democrats leader Lyn Allison said the federal government should hold a referendum because most Australians are opposed to privatisation of the telco.

Allison said the government's $3 billion worth of sweeteners to improve services in the bush would have little impact.

"The bickering and pork barrelling within and between the Nationals and the Liberals over the sale of Telstra has taken the focus away from the key point - that most Australians do not support the full sale of Telstra," she said.

The NSW Farmers Association also said yesterday it doesn't support Telstra's $30 billion sale.

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