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Monday, 30 May 2005
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To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

These petitioners of the Division of Shortland and adjoining areas are deeply concerned at any plans to further privatise Telstra.

Further privatisation of Telstra will result in the loss of thousands more Telstra jobs, worsening services to regional and rural Australia, and the loss of up to $1 billion a year for all Australians earned from Telstra profits.

We believe these profits, both now and in the future, should be set aside to secure improved educational opportunities for our children, increased research and development funds for our scientists and doctors, and more money for rural and regional Australia.

Your petitioners therefore respectfully request that the House reject any further sale of the Commonwealth’s shares in Telstra and that the annual profits from Telstra be used for the benefit of all Australians.

by Ms Hall (from 15 citizens)