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AOTC headquarters - Cabinet backs Melbourne



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Minister for Transport and Communications

Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Australia Tel. (06) 277 7200

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3 December 1991

AOTC HEADQUARTERS - CABINET BACKS MELBOURNE

The Federal Cabinet has expressed its strong support for the headquarters of the new Australian Overseas Telecommunications Corporation (AOTC) being located in Melbourne, The Minister for Transport and Communications, Kim Beazley, said today.

Mr Beazley was responding to some confusion caused by newspaper reports of yesterday's Cabinet decision appointing the new board of the AOTC.

He said he and the Government were aware of the concern and speculation for the past few months that the new AOTC board would relocate its headquarters to Sydney.

For this reason at yesterday's meeting the Cabinet had expressed its 1 strong disposition1 towards Melbourne as the headquarters for the AOTC.

While the board was aware of the Cabinet's view, the expression of support for Melbourne was not a directive to the board.

The ultimate decision was properly one for the board in keeping with the commercial basis on which AOTC had been established, he said.

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