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Greens welcome report on trans-Tasman mobile roaming charges

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Scott Ludlam 23 Aug 2012

Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam today welcomed the release of a draft report revealing telecommunication companies are gouging excessive profits from trans-Tasman mobile roaming charges.

"We commend the Australian and New Zealand governments for undertaking this joint investigation and look forward to examining the options presented for placing downward pressure on mobile charges, and to ensure Australians and New Zealanders using their phones while travelling between our countries know the associated costs.

"The Australian Greens are particularly supportive of measures to improve pricing transparency. In regards to costs, we will look closely at the detail of the draft report's options to allow roaming customers to become local end-users, so they're charged local instead of overseas prices; separating roaming services so people can have distinct networks for domestic communications and trans-Tasman roaming; and at the viability of price caps."

Senator Ludlam encouraged consumers in Australia and New Zealand to make their views known to their respective governments in the public consultation process.

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