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Members of the public will get their say on Telstra.

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21 March 2000 A51/2000


National Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, today reiterated that members of the public would have ample opportunity to air their views before the national inquiry into telecommunications services.

Mr Anderson said the terms of reference for the inquiry, announced on Sunday, required it to be conducted in such a way as to enable extensive public input by businesses and consumers, including those in rural, regional and remote areas.

"The inquiry will undertake field trips involving consultations with the public - and a field trip means just that - getting around and finding out first hand about Telstra’s performance on the ground," Mr Anderson said.

"I have no doubt that inquiry chairman Tim Besley will ensure consultations are conducted in a constructive manner that allows members of the public to make written submissions and to appear personally before the panel.

"Members of the public will get their say on Telstra’s service delivery.

"Let me make it quite clear that the inquiry is to effectively establish just what is happening in rural and regional communities and the panel must ensure it is able to gather all necessary information," Mr Anderson said.


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