Canberra Connection with Justine Elliot

Office contactsPh: 1300 720 675Fax: 6277 5379Address: PO Box 6996, Tweed Heads South, NSW, 2486Email: off national assets

The federal government is determined to sell off our national assets such as Telstra and Medibank Private. I am opposed to the sale of Medibank Private and I am on the record as opposing any further sale of Telstra.

The Australian public have made it very clear to John Howard we do not want Telstra sold. And yet he persists against the wishes and best interests of the wider community.

Recently, in our local area, we have seen Telstra workers sacked and pay phones removed. Locals are telling me that they are forced to suffer unacceptable delays for faults to be repaired. We all know that line rentals have increased over the past 10 years. How much worse will this get once Telstra is completely sold?

I believe that it is the role of the federal government to ensure that we have high standards of telecommunication services not just for those in the cities but also for those in the regions. I support federal Labors plan to invest in telecommunications infrastructure and to build a world class telecommunications system. This will benefit local families, students and businesses.

One of my concerns in relation to the sale of both Telstra and Medibank Private is that we will see a simultaneous rise in costs and decline in the services provided to regional areas such as ours.

With the sale of Medibank Private imminent I am worried that premiums for private health insurance will rise. This is not fair on all of those people who took out private health insurance when urged to by the government.

This government has not consulted the public over the sale and they have not consulted the members of Medibank Private. However, this government is determined to sell this vital asset, regardless of public opinion.

This government has become out of touch and arrogant. Given the incompetence with which theyve handled the various Telstra sales, I dread the consequences of their handling of the sale of Medibank Private.

Day for Older Australians

Dont forget that October 1 is National Day for Older Australians.

This is an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution that our seniors have made to our community and the nation. Seniors built our nation and I believe it is important to ensure that our seniors are recognised.

If you would like to formally acknowledge a local senior that you know contact my office and nominate them for a Certificate of Recognition.

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