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Labor launches campaign to save Telstra.



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LINDSAY TANNER MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

LABOR LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO SAVE TELSTRA

Simon Crean has today launched Labor’s national campaign to save Telstra in Bourke. The campaign includes material outlining why Labor remains absolutely opposed to the further sale of Telstra.

Labor opposes the sale of Telstra because prices will go up further and services will decline. A privately owned Telstra will be just like the banks.

Since Telstra was part privatised by the Howard Government in 1997 Telstra has slashed 36,000 jobs and infrastructure investment by around $800 million. This has led to major problems in the network as evidenced by the huge number of complaints about Telstra’ services to the Estens and Senate Inquiries.

Since the last election phone line rentals, mobile phone flag-fall rates, text messages and message bank fees have all gone up. John Howard and Peter Costello just want to fatten up Telstra for privatisation.

A fully privatised Telstra will be a huge private monopoly too powerful for any Government to effectively regulate.

Labor is increasingly concerned that the Greens, Democrats and Independent Senators may do deals with the Government to sell Telstra, despite overwhelming community opposition to the sale.

Our campaign to ‘Keep Telstra Public’ and ‘Say NO to Selling Telstra’ is designed to remind those Senators exactly why most Australians remain opposed to the sale of Telstra. Labor calls on all Australians to get behind our campaign to save Telstra.

October 9, 2002

For further information contact Lindsay Tanner or Peter van Vliet on (03) 9347 5000 or 0408 188 055.