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Stephen Smith - The Full Privatisation Of Telstra? You Can Budget On It http://www.alp.org.au/media/0401/ssmstel200401.html Monday, 23 April 2001

The Full Privatisation Of Telstra? You Can Budget On It Stephen Smith - Shadow Minister for Communications

Media Statement - 20 April 2001

Shadow Minister for Communications Stephen Smith said today that claims by the Leader of the National Party Ron Boswell that the Howard-Anderson Government had abandoned its plans for the full privatisation of Telstra could not be believed.

"Australians will not even begin to believe that this Government and the National Party have given up on the full privatisation of Telstra unless and until the proceeds from the full privatisation of Telstra are taken out of the Budget," Mr Smith said.

"Even then, Senator Boswell has admitted again today that any delay in the full privatisation of Telstra will be just that - a delay until after this year's election.

"This is a further sign that the Government and the National Party are getting increasingly desperate. They know that the full privatisation of Telstra is like rat poison in the rural and regional Australia but they are not prepared to give up their ideological obsession.

"Australians know that the Howard-Anderson Government doesn't have a plan to improve telecommunications services in rural and regional Australia, the Government has a plan to try and save themselves and then fully privatise Telstra: that's what the Government's response to the Besley Inquiry Report is all about.

"Nothing Senator Boswell and the other National Party 'Cowards in Canberra' can say will convince Australians otherwise.

"The full privatisation of Telstra by the Howard-Anderson Government is still on, and all Australians know it.

"The only way Australians can stop any further privatisation of Telstra is by electing a Beazley Labor Government at this year's election," Mr Smith concluded. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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