Needing to come up with a series of Labor-beating election winners, one that iTWire has exclusively learned of regards the brave move of nationalising Telstra, something Labor was expected to secretly do should it win the 2019 Federal Election.
Wishing to strike first is first-time Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and his first-time treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, whose first times in the job might be their last, so the word is that they've nothing to lose – save their positions, honour, dignity and power.
Thus the bold and brave moves to nationalise Telstra by the pending announcement to forcibly acquire all Telstra shares at current market value, and as with the current NBN arrangement, do it all off-books as an investment for the country's future.
Of course, a potential election winner will be for PM Morrison to declare the newly reformed TBN or Telstra Broadband Network will switch to a full FttC rollout, with FttN areas set to be progressively upgraded over the next few years.
PM Scott Morrison is believed to have whispered that "Telstra is the only real buyer for the NBN anyway, so why wait? We can force the issue now and merge the two entities together, and we could even re-sell the combined entity down the track for a lot more than the NBN will ever end up being worth".
Despite the money being off the books, the word we're hearing is that the Federal Government will cut down its orders of the French submarines while ordering a few fewer F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.
This will ensure the money comes from already approved expenditure, rather than from the printing press, so as to avoid adding to inflationary pressures, as well as avoiding the spoilage of the Coalition's hard-won budget surplus.
Whether this will be enough by itself to wrest the election from the Labor Party is yet to be seen, but we are reliably informed that there are yet further budget surprises to come – all of which, rather miraculously, will also have no impact on the budget surplus position.
After all, no government set to claim a surplus wants a surfeit of surplus-busting surprises, so it will certainly be an interesting day tomorrow.
PM Scott Morrison is set to be joined by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to pre-announce this rather surprising news at 12 noon Canberra time, although it has to be said – if they miss this rather conspicuous deadline, we'll all be April fools.