|National||RELIGIOUS SUPERIOR SAYS TELSTRA DECISION ERODING THE 'COMMON GOOD'|
President of the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, Sr Margaret Cassidy, has criticised Telstra, regretting the apparent disappearance of the notion of the 'common good' in our nation.
In a letter to the press, she expressed incredulity at Telstra's decision to shed 10,000 jobs as a consequence of a $2 billion half yearly profit.
She said: "Not so long ago an increased profit margin became a catalyst for expansion, improved services for all and a subsequent increase in job opportunities. Is it a fact that shareholders are blind to the priority of the 'common good' or is this a decision of management? I have no doubt that the majority of Australians is far more altruistic than boards of directors are able to recognise."
She continued: "Market forces are superseding basic human rights, the right to basic human services such as adequate communication services, and the right to gainful employment are fast disappearing."
She also criticised the response of the Minister of Communication, Senator Richard Alston, who defended the decision by insisting that Telstra is not a charitable organisation.