Australia - Government Policies - Economic Reform in Telecoms Sector


The future of telecoms competition is under serious threat. Economic Reforms are overdue in a sector where one company dominates 90% of all the profits. Such reforms have been successfully implemented in other utility sectors. It is quite bizarre that the champion of economic reform in Australia, Treasurer Peter Costello, is unwilling to continue this process into the telecoms sector. We have 3 to 6 months in which to influence telecommunications policies. Once the government moves into serious privatisation mode we all might as well take a 3-year regulatory holiday, as it will be impossible to secure any changes during that period.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. OECD supports industry calls for telco reforms
  • 3. How serious is the government about economic reform?
  • 4. Are we ready for privatisation?
  • 5. Infrastructure issues
    • 5.1 The next monopoly: Fibre-the-Home
    • 5.2 The Whittlesea dilemma
  • 6. Structural separation
  • 7. What will happen to the value of Telstra after privatisation?
  • 8. No competition, no innovation, no economic growth
  • 9. Mediocrity no option for regional Australia
  • 10. Coalition of Competitive Carriers Conference
  • 11. Other Reports
  • Table 1 - Telecoms productivity gains

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Last updated 7 Feb 2005
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