Four Corners: Oct 4

ABC reveals unprecented access to the 3 Independents while they were negotiating with the Leaders. It promises "Must see TV".

On Monday Four Corners brings the inside story of the historic deal that created Australia’s first national minority government in seven decades.

Reporter Sarah Ferguson has unprecedented access for history in the making.

The three Independents Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Bob Katter gave Four Corners access for 17 days as they decided who would be Australia’s next Prime Minister. Each day they disappeared behind the closed doors of their offices, Four Corners was there.

Over long days and nights, the independents put the character of the leaders to the test. We’re there as offers and counter offers arrive on their desks and when Tony Abbott makes a late night visit with his bid in crisis over the costings.

We witness the dynamics of the trio evolve and finally unravel. How close were the three amigos?

Against the backdrop of an increasingly impatient media and public, the clock counts down to the final days. Had they already decided? How close did they come to backing the coalition? What actually made the two swing their vote behind Labor? 17 days of pressure and exhaustion culminates in 24 hours of high drama.

The result is must see television.

‘The Deal’ goes to air on Four Corners on Monday 4th October at 8.30 pm on ABC 1. It is replayed on Tuesday 5th October at 11.35 pm. You can also see a replay on Saturday that week at 2.00 pm on ABC News 24. The program is also available on www.abc.net.au/iview and the web at abc.net.au/4corners

Extensive additional material will be also available on the website following the program, including interviews with the independents where they reflect upon their individual decisions and what the future holds for them.

….will Rob Oakeshott cause this one to run 17 minutes overtime?

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