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Old 10-10-2007, 03:17 PM
Alan Parkington
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Default Shut Sol up, ultimatum to Telstra

From
http://www.smh.com.au/news/business/...091194035.html

THE Communications Minister, Helen Coonan, has demanded that Telstra's board
rein in its American executives, including boss Sol Trujillo, fearing the
company's political campaigning against regulation will hurt it in the
federal election.

In a fresh sign of the Government's concern over a sensitive election issue,
Senator Coonan warned yesterday that consumers would punish the company if
it continues to campaign in marginal electorates.

Her inflammatory comments come as the relationship between the two plumbed
new lows this week after Telstra began mailing letters to its 1.6 million
shareholders attacking the Government's stance on regulation of
telecommunications.

"They can target marginal seats at their peril because they are losing
customers and they are losing the confidence of regional and rural
Australia," Senator Coonan told the Herald yesterday.

She claimed that corporate Australia was "agog" at the unprecedented
campaigning by a blue-chip company against a government. Telstra's strategy
has included calls for shareholders to lobby their local MPs and to ring
talkback radio.

"If the board of Telstra had any ability to control the management, they
should be taking a strong stand here and reining them in and explaining to
them that Telstra has a business to run," she said.

"It's a shame that the chairman and the board of a major Australian
corporation are prepared to lend their names and reputation to this kind of
political campaign."

Last night Telstra made clear it would not back down from campaigning on
regulation.

"While Telstra seeks a public discussion of the virtues of broadband, the
minister has made claims, many of them personal in nature, and many of them
unsupported - or contradicted - by the facts," Telstra's spokesman, Andrew
Maiden, said.

"Telstra does not seek special treatment. We simply seek rules that support
investment in Australia's broadband future."

Telstra has taken legal action in the Federal Court against Senator Coonan
twice in the last two months. Earlier this year the company also launched a
constitutional challenge in the High Court against the competition
regulator's powers to set prices for access to its copper-wire network.

The legal action and broader political campaign by a company ahead of an
election has no precedent in Australian history.

Senator Coonan has not spoken to Mr Trujillo since June, when the Government
handed almost $1 billion to an Optus-led consortium to improve broadband
services in the bush.



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Old 10-10-2007, 07:28 PM
Rod Speed
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Alan Parkington <parkingtona@team.telstra.com> wrote:

> From
> http://www.smh.com.au/news/business/...091194035.html


> THE Communications Minister, Helen Coonan, has demanded that Telstra's board rein in its American executives,
> including boss Sol Trujillo,


They should be giving that fool McGauchie the bums rush
too, he's the one stupid enough to appoint that complete dud.

> fearing the company's political campaigning against regulation will hurt it in the federal election.


Nope, just realising that that mindless stoush with the govt that
telstra cant possibly win does no one any good, least of all telstra.

> In a fresh sign of the Government's concern over a sensitive election issue,


Just another ****wit journo thats never ever had a ****ing clue.

The only voter that matter a damn dont give a flying red **** about stuff like that.

> Senator Coonan warned yesterday that consumers would punish
> the company if it continues to campaign in marginal electorates.


Corse they will. And with any luck it will piss the govt off so much that it will
tell telstra that it cant turn the cdma system of EVER, and three guesses
how those voters in those marginal electorates will feel about that ?

> Her inflammatory comments


You wouldnt know what an inflamatory comment was if it bit you on your lard arse, child.

> come as the relationship between the two plumbed new lows this week after Telstra began mailing letters to its 1.6
> million shareholders attacking the Government's stance on regulation of telecommunications.


Footshot after footshot after footshot by telstra.

Thats guaranteed that if the current govt does get reelected, that telstra
wont get a look in on the new broadband in urban areas, you watch.

Labor has already decided that telstra gets to **** itself on that.

> "They can target marginal seats at their peril because they are losing customers and they are losing the confidence of
> regional and rural Australia," Senator Coonan told the Herald yesterday.


Yep, they've always believed that telstra are self serving
arseholes and NextG proved that to them in spades.

> She claimed that corporate Australia was "agog" at the unprecedented
> campaigning by a blue-chip company against a government.


It aint a claim, its a fact, ****wit. They cant believe that telstra could actually be
that stupid when it depends on the govt policy for so much of its business activity.

> Telstra's strategy has included calls for shareholders to lobby their local MPs and to ring talkback radio.


And **** all of them have actually been that stupid. Because they
realise what immense damage that would do to the value of their
shares when the govt inevitably ****s telstra over for doing that.

> "If the board of Telstra had any ability to control the management,
> they should be taking a strong stand here and reining them in and
> explaining to them that Telstra has a business to run," she said.


> "It's a shame that the chairman and the board of a major Australian corporation are prepared to lend their names and
> reputation to this kind of political campaign."


And the shareholders should be giving them the bums rush for actually being that stupid.

> Last night Telstra made clear it would not back down from campaigning on regulation.


Great, just makes the bums rush absolutely inevitable.

> "While Telstra seeks a public discussion of the virtues of broadband,
> the minister has made claims, many of them personal in nature, and
> many of them unsupported - or contradicted - by the facts," Telstra's
> spokesman, Andrew Maiden, said.


Corse you clowns never ever do anything like that yourselves, eh ?

> "Telstra does not seek special treatment.


Clearly a pathological liar.

> We simply seek rules that support investment in Australia's broadband future."


We've got that, and just saw those rules produce real competition with broadband in rural areas.

You clowns get to like that or lump that.

> Telstra has taken legal action in the Federal Court against Senator Coonan twice in the last two months.


And will lose both, you watch.

> Earlier this year the company also launched a constitutional challenge in the High Court against the competition
> regulator's powers to set prices for access to its copper-wire network.


And will lose that too, you watch.

> The legal action and broader political campaign by a company ahead of an election has no precedent in Australian
> history.


Yep, those ****wit yanks are actually that stupid.

> Senator Coonan has not spoken to Mr Trujillo since June, when the Government handed almost $1 billion to an Optus-led
> consortium to improve broadband services in the bush.


And wont bother to talk to that fool when telstra gets shafted on the
cdma shutdown, or the new broadband in urban areas either, you watch.



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