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PRIVATISATION - TELSTRA What are the advantages of privatising Telstra and how does this impact its ethical conduct while striving to satisfy community expectations I believe that putting important public assets into select private hands is not in Australias long-term interests and oppose the partialfull sale of Telstra for the reasons that the Government has given The argument the Government has given for the privatisation and corporatisation of Telstra has been a budget conscious one where the proceeds of Telstra will provide a one-off opportunity to 1 abolish Telstras pastoral call rate and provide untimed local calls in extended zones in remote Australia 2 increase funding for Networking the nation and 3 pay off foreign debt left over by the previous government However this is not true as the Minister Senator Alston already has the power to direct Telstra to provide services and upgrade infrastructure points 1 and 2 If the USO Universal Service Obligations Act or performance standards under the CSG need changing then the Minister should invoke his power to direct and these changes should be made distinct from any attempts to sell Telstra Statistics also show that the sale of the first third netted a total of 037 billion loss to the Commonwealth By the year 2000 it is estimated that Telstra earnings will exceed 2 billion annually The Howard Government estimats an interest saving of about 24 billion per year This doesnt take into account the income that will be lost to the government every year in revenue earnings from Telstra By 2007 the sale of Telstra is expected to create a budget black hole of 4 billion The government cites that the Mums and Dads of Australia will benefit by purchasing shares in the float which is true But eventually the real beneficiaries will
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