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Equitable long distance deals due for WA.



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SENATOR THE HON IAN CAMPBELL Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Media Release

Equitable Long Distance Deals Due for WA All Australians, regardless of their geographical location and time zone, should enjoy the same benefits of special long distance telecommunications deals Senator Ian Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, said today during a keynote address at the Australian Mobile Communication Congress.

'While mobile telephony and ever changing technologies have changed the way we live, work and play, Western Australians remain disadvantaged by time zoned, long distance telecommunications offers and special deals,' Senator Campbell told the audience which included telecommunications industry participants.

'During daylight saving the time differential is extended by another hour between Western Australia and most of the eastern states.

'The three hours time difference inhibits the ability of Western Australians taking advantage of the single time framed parameters which apply to the caller's time and place.'

Special deals that apply between 7pm and midnight EST also apply between 7pm and midnight WST.

'This is an inconvenience and imposition on the lives of many people, including grandparents in Western Australia attempting to contact young children on the eastern seaboard after 7pm WST when it is after 10pm EST,' said Senator Campbell.

'Australia's deregulated telecommunications market is a prime opportunity for carriers to benefit from offering equitable rates to Western Australians that apply simultaneously across time zones - such as 7pm to midnight EST and 4pm to 9pm WST during daylight saving.'

Media contact: Georgia-Kate Schubert: Senator Campbell's office, 02 6277 3955 or 0419 265234

Website: www.dcita.gov.au/campbell

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