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Catholic lobbyists want equal access to online education to figure in Telstra sale


Catholic lobby group PolMin yesterday welcomed the deferral of the full sale of Telstra while urging the Federal Parliament to think of equal access to online education when the sale is reconsidered in 2004.

"All Australians can equitably access higher education institutions [online]," said James McGillicuddy, Coordinator of PolMin (the Australian Political Ministry Network).

"However, the recent Regional Telecommunications Inquiry's Report (the Esten Report) identified the lack of internet network reliability and higher costs particularly for regional and rural internet users as major impediments for equitable access to the technology essential for online higher education.

"PolMin calls on Federal Parliament to develop a new policy framework that provides equitable access to the technology essential for online higher education", said Mr McGillicuddy.

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PM restates commitment to bush ahead of Telstra sale (ABC 13/11/02)

26 Nov 2002