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Scott Ludlam Greens move to refer Telstra legislation to inquiry Media Release | Spokesperson Scott Ludlam

Wednesday 16th September 2009, 12:17pm

in Broadband National Broadband Network Telecommunications Telstra

The Australian Greens today will move to refer the Government’s legislation for sweeping changes to Telstra to a

Senate inquiry.

“The Australian Greens welcome the Government taking the first step to address the fundamental problems

resulting from the privatisation of Telstra, however we also wish to ensure that these changes produce the best

result for Australians,” Greens Communications Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

“Given the Government’s Bill represents the biggest regulatory change to the industry in years, this Bill deserves

careful scrutiny - it is essential we do not repeat past mistakes that resulted from privatisation.

“In particular, the Greens are determined to ensure that regional and remote communities and people with a

disability are not overlooked in these changes.

“By referring the Telecommunications L egislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2009

to a Senate inquiry, the Greens aim to ensure that both options offered to Telstra for separating its retail and

wholesale arms will fulfil the commitment to achieving open access, increased competition and better services.”

For more information or media enquiries please call Eloise Dortch on 0415 507 763

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