Keep Triple-Zero Emergency Service In Australia


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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.

“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.

“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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