Aren’t we Australians a gullible lot? Roger La Salle
Over the course of the 20th century the taxes of the Australian people built the PMG Department that included both telecoms and post.
Some year ago these entities were separated and the PMG became Australia Post and the telecom part, Telecom Australia.
Some years later, the Government, probably in a cash grab, decided to privatise Telecom Australia and create Telstra; and guess what – they had the cheek to sell it to us. To sell us an asset, we the Australian people, already owned!
The government made a bucket load of money from that transaction.
Now after many years of successful trading and bringing innovation to the market, guess what, my taxes are now financing a rival to Tesltra in the form of the NBN.
The government sold me Telstra and now is using my money, my taxes, to build a rival.
Sometime in the future, you can bet the NBN will also be put up for public offering, no doubt after an unsuccessful attempt to decimate Telstra.
Boy are we suckers for government policy.
Finally, to add insult to injury, just how clever are those Telstra people.
Telstra have long realised that their cable network and ducts were fast becoming a liability and that in the not too distant future wireless will be the dominant internet delivery means. So what did Tesltra do – of course they sold all their ducts to those idiots running the Government, and for billions to boot!
Whether I am a labour or liberal voter is irrelevant, what is relevant is that too often our so called leaders make monumentally stupid and in my view unethical decisions.
Roger La Salle, is the creator of the “Matrix Thinking”™ technique and is widely sought after as an international speaker on Innovation, Opportunity and business development. He is the author of four books, Director and former CEO of the Innovation Centre of Victoria (INNOVIC) as well as a number of companies both in Australian and overseas. He has been responsible for a number of successful technology start-ups and in 2004 was a regular panellist on the ABC New Inventors TV program. In 2005 he was appointed to the “Chair of Innovation” at “The Queens University” in Belfast. Matrix Thinking is now used in more than 26 countries and licensed to one of the world’s largest consulting firms. www.matrixthinking.com