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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws the following issues to the attention of the House:

· The Howard Government is determined to sell Telstra even though submissions to its own inquiry, the Estens Inquiry, overwhelmingly show that services are still inadequate.

· These submissions also reflect widespread concern that services will decline further if the rest of Telstra is sold.

· The Greens, Democrats and Independents may make deals with the Liberal government to allow the sale to go ahead, despite increasing community opposition to the sale.

· A fully privatised Telstra will focus on profits not people; shareholders will be more important than customers.

· Services will suffer under a fully privatised Telstra, particularly in outer metropolitan, rural and regional Australia.

We therefore pray that the House oppose the Liberal/National plan to sell Telstra and that all Greens, Democrats and Independents join Labor in opposing the sale of Telstra.

by Mr Martin Ferguson (from 22 citizens)