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The Communications Union wants the federal government to rule out sending the triple-zero emergency call service overseas after it called for tenders to take over from Telstra.

On Thursday the government announced an expressions of interest for the national emergency system following a review that focused on keeping pace with technological advancements.

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“This is an essential service that helps to save Australian lives every day, but there seems to be a lack of clear direction from (Prime Minister Malcolm) Turnbull with regard to the process and policy intentions,” Communications Union National President Shane Murphy said in a statement on Saturday.

He said the door was open for the service to be delivered overseas.

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“Are they simply looking to cut costs by shipping Australian jobs offshore at the expense of a skilled, qualified workforce providing an efficient essential service?,” Mr Murphy said.

“If this tender is simply about savings costs by sending Australian jobs overseas, the government should be ashamed of itself.”

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Online Source: News.com.au.

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