Launching its new federal election webpage on Wednesday, ACCAN poses questions on issues on the webpage which it has already put to the four the major Australian political parties – the Liberal Party, Australian Labor Party, the Nationals and the Greens. Answers from the parties will be added to the webpage – if and when they come in.
“In the lead-up to the 2016 Federal Election, ACCAN is highlighting important communications consumer priorities,” ACCAN acting chief executive Narelle Clark said.
“We are keen to understand where all the political parties stand on these issues and look forward to working with them to achieve outcomes for consumers.”
• Affordability – a review of the Centrelink Telephone Allowance to ensure that low-income consumers stay connected;
• Consumer protections – updated consumer safeguards for fixed-line services to ensure fast fault repairs, connection times and reliable services;
• Broadband monitoring – an independent broadband monitoring program to allow consumers to compare broadband service performance by retailers;
• Accessible ICT procurement – introduction by the Federal Government of a comprehensive policy to only purchase accessible ICT equipment and software so that consumers with a disability can access services
• Accessible programming on TV – the Broadcasting Services Act should be amended to expand captioning requirements across all free-to-air channels, and for the introduction of audio description services across all free-to-air television so that all consumers get equal access to information and entertainment content.
“We use telecommunications and the internet to stay connected to family and friends, to conduct business, access education and more,” Clark said.
“The priorities we are highlighting relate to ACCAN’s goal of available, affordable and accessible telecommunications services for all consumers.”
To access ACCAN’s new webpage click here.