No Telstra sell-off until bush gets better service

Yesterday’s release of the Besley report outlined a number of major concerns that rural consumers had regarding their telecommunications service delaying the full privatisation of Telstra in the process. The report concluded that the level of telecommunications service in the bush failed to match the level of service in city areas. Rural consumers were concerned about high mobile phone charges, the cost, time and reliability of standard phone services as well as reliable internet service. National Party MPs have announced that they will not back the Telstra sell-off until services dramatically improve. Likewise, the Labor Party and the Australian Democrats expressed their opposition to privatisation stating the Besley report supported their argument that the majority of Telstra remain in public ownership.

‘Nationals douse Telstra sale’, The Australian Financial Review, 13/10/00, pp 1 & 4.