RESIDENTIAL PHONE INSTALLATION COST 'SUBSIDIES'. Below is a list of some towns and cities showing the effective "subsidies' Telstra bears in the interests of providing a subscriber service whereby all Australians get their residential phone installed for a standard fee. Simply subtract your standard installation charge from the amount shown and you find an example (it may not be exactly that which your phone gets unless you are in the named town) of the 'subsidisation' each residential phone has in your area. The figures are March 1996 and at some time since then, as the moves toward full privatisation have been going on, these figures have no longer been made available. We think this is to conceal the facts from the general public. Would privateers continue this effective subsidisation as a 'service to the people of Australia' or would they claim, as Telstra recently has done on their very public push for removal of 'non-profitable' public telephones claiming "It is not in the interests of shareholders". Many of the larger amounts shown below are, naturally, in some very remote places and the out-back areas will be the worst affected closely followed by most regional areas, both towns and rural areas. Government "guarantees", "assurances" and promises are not worth anything as they are already under sustained attack from those pushing for full privatisation and will be whittled away over time. In any case who would believe those that blatantly lied when it was said, "There will never ever, ever, be a GST" There is only one lot we can rely on and that is you and me and the general public of Australia all fighting this issue together.

The Nationals went to water and betrayed all of us who live in the bush by gutlessly kow-towing to the demands of the Liberals. They, like any parliamentary party can't ever be trusted to do what is best for us, the Australian people, either. We see the sale of our national communications carrier as a traitorous act by people and governments subservient to foreign corporations and governments. We thank the CEPU for the use of their material. Communications Electrical & Plumbing Union


Local Call Costs " Rural Users Costs " Installation Costs LOCAL CALL COSTS

The media regularly report the results of a survey showing always that the Telstra and to some extent Optus (Yes but don't call us yet) Phone calls are the dearest in the world. Unfortunately, the survey is very misleading. To give you one anecdote. I was in Birmingham Alabama (Not the worlds largest city) and tried to phone a friend who lived "in the suburbs". The public phone (via computer voice) asked for US75c (about $1.00 Aus) before it would make a connection. And then it was a timed call. Why is this so! Are not all local calls free in USA. Of course they are. But having lived there for a short time, I came to the conclusion that local meant very local. Your exchange area seemed to be the limit. So if you called someone with the same call area (the first 3 digits of your phone number was the same as the first 3 digits of the person you called), then you got thru, and apparently you are not charged for this call - I could never tell! But if the call was to the next major suburb, then it was a timed local call. The Aus Financial Review carried the usual story on 27 Mar 97. It had the usual headline "Australia most expensive place for local phone calls". Well everybody knows that - the lie has been run so often! Telstra wrote the usual letter of complaint. AFR published the complaint in the usual place - about 16 pages further in. Telstra makes the usual points: - Australia is one of the few countries with untimed local calls - Australia is one of 4 OECD countries with untimed local calls - Most of the countries surveyed have timed calls - Canada has free local calls - Canada has an average free call zone of 8km. - In Canada, a call equivalent to a call from Sydney airport to city would be a timed call. - Sydney has a local call zone of about 40km. - Melbourne has a local call zone of about 40km. - The Telstra local call rate has been 25c since April 1992 - Business line rentals in Canada are A$68.50 per month - Business line rentals in New Zealand are A$52.00 per month - Business line rentals in Australia are A$20.00 per month - Residential line rentals in Australia are A$11.65 per month

YOUR PHONE INSTALLATION COSTS The following represent the $ costs of installing an average telephone in the towns listed. Would a private company accept these losses? (figures as at Mar 1996)

Adelong 770 Albury 820 Albany 1780
Alexandra 530 Alice Sp 2730
Ararat 500 Armidale 1040 Bairnsdale 1410
Ballarat 420 Balaklava 4070
Barraba 2410 Bathurst 880 Beaudesert 440
Bega 590 Bendigo 480 Berri 830
Biloela 1000 Bordertown 1480 Bourke 2710
Bowral 1170 Brdigetown 620 Bribie Is 440
Broken Hil 3410 Bruce Rock 2950 BullsbrookE 890
Bunbury 890
Bundaberg 560 Burnie 850 Burra 1590
Busselton 620 Caboolture 680 Ceduna 6300
Cairns 1160 Camamah 1440 Camperdown 700
Campbelltown 250 Carnarvon 820 Casino 630
Casterton 900 Charlton 900 Charleville 3300
Clare 460 Cloncurry 2570 Coffs Har 430
Colac 700 Condobolin 1660 Cooma 960
Coonamble 1850 Corryong 880 Cowra 1150
Crockwell 780 Dalby 1540 Deloraine 680
Deniliquin 1500 Derby 1470 Devonport 600
Dirranband 2510 Dubbo 1110 Echuca 500
Edenhope 1220 Emerald 2370 Esk 790
Flinders I 4930 Forbes 3060 Foster 300
Gatton 540 Gawler 380 Gayndah 2520
Geelong 500 Geeveston 600 Geraldton 2340
Gladstone 1100 Glen Innes 2300 Goondiwindi 1150
Gosford 1620 Goulburn 1030 Grafton 450
Griffith 1640 Gunnedah 1040 Gympie 530
Hamilton 640 Hopetoun 1760 Horsham 640
Hughenden 1470 Inglewood 1810 Inverell 1030
Kadina 640 Kalgoorlie 1420 Kangaroo Is 2360
Katanning 2740 Kempsey 580 Kerang 690
King Island 2220 Kingaroy 720 Kondinin 2750
Korumburra 440 Kyneton 430 Kyogle 700
Launceston 730 Lismore 330 Lithgow 600
Longreach 3120 Mackay 750 Maitland 580
Mallala 310 Maryborough 550 Marulan 930
Maryborough 550 Meekatharra 6642 Merredin 2030
Mildura 1780 Miles 1800 Moora 2840
Mornington 240 Moruya 760 Moree 1920
Morwell 530 Morawa 5110 Mt Gambier 600
Mudgee 1050 Mullewa 2090 Murray Br 480
Murwillumbah 270 Murgon 640 Muswellbrook 1660
Myrtleford 550 Nambour 260 Naracootre 1650
Narrabri 1530 Narrandera 1370 Narrogin 1150
Newcastle 850 Nhill 900 Northam 1100
Nowra 460 Numurkah 420 Nurriootpa 850
Nyngan 4230 Oatlands 680 Orange 660
Ouse 950 Ouyen 910 Parkes 1340
Peterborou 2180 Pinjarra 470 Pt Augusta 2730
Pt Lincoln 2470 Pt Pirie 1220 Pt Hedland 1950
Portland 590 Queenstown 1250 Rockhampton 1020
Roma 1980 Rylstone 760 Sale 730
Scottsdale 1270 Seymour 520 Shepparton 430
Singleton 1320 Smithton 1140 St Marys 910
Stanthorpe 650 Swan Hill 1080 Tailem Bend 1910
Tamworth 780 Taree 560 Temora 810
Toowoomba 480 Townsville 1460 Victor Harb 240
Wagin 3270 Wagga 790 Waikerie 1260
Wangaratta 610 Warragul 330 Warwick 630
Warrnambool 410 Wauchope 490 Wellington 500
W Wyalong 1080 Windsor 490 Wollongong 3720
Wongan Hill 2470 Woomera 2740 Wyalkatchem 1780
York 1880 Yorkstown 1130 Young 510

RURAL USERS COSTS In Oct 98, Telstra announced that it had recalculated the cost of the subsidy (USO) for rural users at $1.8bn. The current Universal Service Obligation (USO) is set at only $252m. Of this Optus paid $23m and Vodafone paid $2m. This equates to 57,00 loss making lines. The new figure equates with 500,000 loss making lines. The Liberal Party and the National Party, under pressure from bush voters who will see a steep slide in their service, put a cap on the lower figure. This will save them from some problems when they argue to flog off more of Telstra