Federal Independent MP Rob Oakeshott has called off a meeting in his electorate headquarters of Port Macquarie.

He was forced to cancel it after threatening phone calls were made against him.

Olivia Noakes reports.

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Rob Oakeshott says he made the decision after the local newspaper and the venue where the meeting was to be held received threatening phone calls.

The papers says the Australian Federal Police are now investigating the calls.

Meanwhile the Coalition says Malcolm Turnbull as Communication Minister may be the key to them winning over the independents.

Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader: “There’s no reason whatsoever why there couldn’t be be a baton change early in the government’s term.”

Joe Hockey, Shadow Treasurer: “And therefore we need to be ready at any time to become the government.”

But Julia Gillard doesn’t see the Coalition as a threat.

Julia Gillard, Prime Minister: “Tony Abbott does not have a broadband policy full stop.”

She says the Opposition’s trying to trash Labor’s $43-billion national broadband network because they don’t understand what it means to the economy.

Olivia Noakes, QUT News.