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  Senator Lyn Allison Senator for Victoria Australian Democrats spokesperson for Telecommunications

Press Release Dated: 12 Mar 2000 Press Release Number: 00123la Portfolio: Telecommunications Related: Regional Affairs


Internet on bush critical list too, Democrats  

The Australian Democrats welcomed the commitment from Communication Minister, Richard Alston, today to keep a close eye on Telstra’s service standards in the bush but said the Minister’s minimum standards for Internet services were not good enough. 

The Democrats Telecommunications spokesperson, Senator Lyn Allison said, “On the 2nd of March I called on the Prime Minister to use his control over Telstra to deliver a performance-enhancing package for the bush, now it appears the Government has responded with a pledge to simply ‘maintain’ services. 

“The pledge still falls short of our call to ‘enhance’ services to the bush and it doesn’t contain adequate assurances about Internet services. People in country areas want to receive the same standard of Internet that people in the city have,” Senator Allison said. 

“Complaints to my office have confirmed that many areas in rural Australia are still not getting anything like affordable Internet connections. 

“Providing equity of access to telephone and information services is crucial for rural Australians to prevent them from becoming an information under-class. 

“Because of its substantial infrastructure and majority public ownership Telstra is well placed, and I would argue, is obliged, to offer much better Internet services to the bush than they currently do,” Senator Allison concluded.