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NSW MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, who have an agreement to support the Labor minority government, used a National Press Club address on Wednesday to give a report card on the past 12 months in federal politics and their future priorities.
Both independent MPs have been crucial to getting carbon pricing and NBN-related bills through parliament.
Windsor said both policies were important for country Australia and the "divide, divide, divide" tactics of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott would soon start to disenchant voters.
"The longer the parliament goes, the less likely it is that some of these things will get unwound, particularly the NBN, but also some of the climate change issues as well," Windsor said.
"(And) I think people will get sick of this divide, divide, divide, just because it's a good way to run an opposition in a hung parliament."
Both Windsor and Oakeshott said the complexity of unwinding the two policies made it all the more likely Malcolm Turnbull would return to the leadership of the coalition in the future.
Turnbull was dumped in December 2009 after trying to negotiate with former prime minister Kevin Rudd to secure an emissions trading scheme, and the frontbencher is keen to have a national broadband scheme in place but at a lower cost than the government's NBN.
Of the issues to come during the next 18 months, Windsor said improving the science and approval processes behind coal seam gas development and finding a balance between mining and agriculture was a "do-or-die" issue for him.
Windsor said he was confident that a Murray-Darling Basin plan which was true to former Liberal prime minister John Howard's original "vision" could be regulated by the end of the year.
"It will be a great credit to the parliament if we do that," he said.
But he feared education reforms out of the recent Gonski review could fall by the wayside, and wanted to see more effort put into rural health services.
Windsor said the government also needed to tackle the way the mining boom was "hollowing out" other sections of the economy and the impact on regional towns by fly-in fly-out work processes.
Oakeshott said his priorities would be creating jobs in his seat of Lyne, improving health and education spending and getting results from the new food, soil and water sub-committee of cabinet which met for the first time on Wednesday.
Having faced a relentless campaign against him by The Nationals since the election, Oakeshott said he would "continue to ignore the insults and get results".
Oakeshott said that in his first meeting with Julia Gillard since Monday's Labor leadership ballot against Rudd, the prime minister had appeared like a "weight was off her shoulders".
Windsor said he believed Rudd, who is now a backbencher, would "probably retire hurt".
He also revealed that during the post-election negotiations on minority government in 2010 he had put to a meeting between Abbott and frontbenchers Joe Hockey and Andrew Robb the option of a fresh election.
"I remember Joe saying: `For Christ's sake, don't do that. Pick one ... but don't have a fresh election.'," Windsor said.
"Now ... (they) want a fresh election. People should actually concentrate on the parliament they are elected into not the one they would like to be elected into next time."