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Prime Minister and Treasurer hiding facts over time call proposal



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δΕΚΙΑΤΓΦΟ&'ϊΓΦΚΙΥ DnlESSMEtR SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

16/88 THE SENATE

PRIME MINISTER AND TREASURER HIDING FACTS OVER TIME CALL PROPOSAL

The Prime Minister and the Treasurer appear to be hiding the facts over the proposal to introduce timed local telephone calls.

Senator Tony Messner, Shadow Minister for Communications, said today that the secret Government task force report that was leaked by Mr Howard showed that the bureaucracy is treating the time call proposal as almost a foregone conclusion.

"However, both the Prime Minister and the Treasurer have said that the Government hasn't considered the proposal to time local calls in any detail.

"The Report seems to be based on the assumption that someone in the Government had given the nod for the introduction of timed local telephone calls.

"This seems to be the case given that Telecom flatly denied it was considering any proposal to introduce timed local telephone calls as late as October last year".

Telecom wrote to a number of organisations last year, including the Council for the Aged to categorically deny it was introducing timed local calls.

"It could well turn out that the Prime Minister or the Minister for Transport and Communications, Senator Evans, directed Telecom to reconsider the issue of time calls.

"The Prime Minister and the Treasurer can no longer hide the real facts". Senator Messner said.

"Senator Evans has a bag full of questions to answer when he returns from his overseas jaunt on Tuesday.

"The general community has a right to know now what other nasties are on the Government’s hidden agenda.

"The Task Force Report, prepared within the Department of Transport and Communications, already reveals that phone rentals in remote areas of Australia could leap up to $28,000 and that public phone calls could increase by between 80 and

100 per cent.

"The Government has an obligation to come clean on these issues immediately.

21 JANUARY 1988 ENQUIRIES: GREG DAVIS (08) 213 2240