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Monday, 23 November 1998
Page: 353

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House our desire for Telstra to remain in majority public ownership by the Australian people.

We believe that as two-thirds owners of Telstra, all Australians are currently shareholders. We believe that taking Telstra out of the hands of the public would compromise its provision of free services and lead inevitably to higher charges and foreign ownership.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House recognises our desire for majority public ownership of Telstra to continue. We call on the Government to heed our wishes.

by Ms Macklin(from 89 citizens)