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Criticism of the decision by telecom to market its skills overseas



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P A R L I A M E N T OF A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E OF R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

HON. JOHN MOORE, M.P. FEDERAL MEMBER FOR RYAN

SUITE 3. MANCHESTER UNITY CENTRI 621 CORONATION DRIVE (P.0. BOX 522) TOOWONG. OLD 4066 TEL. 371 0644, 371 0894

18.1.85 ,

PRESS RELEASE

JOHN MOORE - SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

Mr. John Moore, Shadow Minister .'or Communications today

criticised the decision by Telecom to market its skills

overseas. '

"Whilst it is commendable that Telecom could compete with

the leaders in world communication technology, we should not

lose sight of the fact that Telecom is a public utility .

whose first responsibility is to provide satisfactory

service to the Australian people," Mr. Moore said.

"In view of the delays in obtaining connection of telephone

services, the Australian public would benefit more if

Telecom streamlined its present operation and tightened up

its management controls. . .

"Over the next ten years or so, with the advent of new

technology, Telecom is going to have to make large outlays

in purchasing, servicing and updating its operations to

ensure the highest quality of service to the public.

"It should devote its resources to upgrading the service .

to those many areas of Australia which, due to their isolation,

do not enjoy the facilities which populated areas take for

granted".

For further information, phone John Moore (07) 371 0644 [w] 378 6399 C h ]