February 21, 2006

Horse 498 - No More Payphones

Don't say I didn't warn you but Telstra plans to remove 15% of all public payphones in an effort to "rationalise" its service. Telstra as a company states that public payphones are unprofitable. I have this to say to the people of Australia: It's your fault.

The people of Australia actually voted by means of a "mandate" for the full sale of Telstra. As a private corporation they're no longer answerable to the government or increasingly its shareholders, and you know what? There's not a damn thing anyone can do about it.

Personally I think that Telstra's plans to remove 5000 of its 32,000 public payphones is an example of things yet to come, and should be taken as an example of how Telstra will act in the future. If this degree of arrogance is occurring before the sale what can country people expect after the sale?

Australia - You deserve this, you voted for it, and yet again I'm ashamed of this country.

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