[LINK] 'World's biggest Luddite' in Telstra plasma TV row

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd@austarmetro.com.au
Wed, 12 Feb 2003 09:14:16 +1100

PM accepts Telstra TV perk
Luke McIlveen
FEBRUARY 12, 2003  
The Australian
TELSTRA lent John Howard a $10,000 plasma screen television identical to
the one provided to Communications Minister Richard Alston, it was revealed
last night.

The Prime Minister received the television, which he formally declared to
the Senate registry, in September last year. 
A spokesman confirmed the state-of-the-art equipment, a 106cm NEC digital
television, was still in the loungeroom of Kirribilli House in Sydney. 

"The Prime Minister took one. He was offered the opportunity last year to
familiarise himself with the new technology," the spokesman said. 

A Telstra spokesman confirmed the Prime Minister and Senator Alston had
been approached by the company in September and accepted the televisions as
a "short-term loan". 

"We regarded it as a legitimate exercise to loan digital TV equipment to
the minister -- the PM has one too," the spokesman said. 


What do you despise? By this are you truly known. 
-- Frank Herbert, Dune, Manual of MuadDib by Princess Irulan 


Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia