MICHELLE ROWLAND MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
MEMBER FOR GREENWAY
LABOR WELCOMES TELSTRA DECISION TO MAKE PAYPHONES FREE
Labor welcomes Telstra’s announcement that local and national calls from its payphones to a fixed-line or Australian mobile will now be free of charge.
This development will enhance the role of payphones as an important piece of social infrastructure that benefits Australians.
Many vulnerable Australians unfortunately still don't have reliable access to a mobile phone or regular calling credit.
This decision will remove barriers to affordability and provide better opportunities to stay connected with family, friends, services and society through Telstra’s 15,000 payphones.
Making payphones free will also provide a critical lifeline for vulnerable communities, especially those in regional and remote areas.
Telstra should be commended for this initiative, and their ongoing commitment to reducing the digital and communications divide in Australia.
TUESDAY, 3 AUGUST 2021