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

Jeff Fulton jefff@fulton.net.au
Wed, 12 Feb 2003 09:57:04 +1100

In today's SMH, they quote Alston as saying on 2UE yesterday "he would have
remained 'ignorant' of digital TV if he had refused Telstra's offer".  This
is the minister in charge of the policy-area he admitted ignorance of.
What chance for the rest of us?

 I, for one, stand ready to allow Telstra to help cure me of my even greater
ignornace of this important new technology :-)

 ----- Original Message -----
From: "Bernard Robertson-Dunn" <brd@austarmetro.com.au>
To: "Link" <link@anu.edu.au>
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 9:14 AM
Subject: Re: [LINK] 'World's biggest Luddite' in Telstra plasma TV row

> 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
> 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
> 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.
> ....
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> brd
> Bernard Robertson-Dunn
> Canberra Australia
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