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Monday, 21 June 1999
Page: 5801

Senator ALSTON (Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (9:53 PM) —The short answer is that the decision making processes of the board are matters for the board, not for Telstra or for the government. It is at arm's length. It does, however, consult with a number of interested parties, including state governments and probably carriers, to explore options, just as it consults very carefully with applicants and advises them on the likelihood of their particular project being supported, even suggesting ways in which it might be better presented. So it does engage in extensive consultation, but at the end of the day it makes the decisions on its own. It certainly does not have Telstra participating in the decision making processes.