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Dec
18
2014

Making the connection

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Since 1872, when the 3,200 kilometer overland telegraph was laid between Darwin and Port Augusta, Telstra has had a real and on-the-ground intersection with Indigenous people and communities.

For more than a century we’ve worked to connect rural and regional Australia and as technology as evolved, we’ve come to understand the importance of promoting Indigenous digital excellence, and the challenges involved.

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Dec
03
2014

Elizabeth Broderick on men’s violence against women

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I was delighted to provide the following statement at the launch of Telstra’s ‘Safe Connections Program’, a fruitful partnership between Telstra and WESNET.

In my view, men’s violence against women is Australia’s most significant gender equality issue. It is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality. Yet both the violence, and the women who experience it, are often invisible. This is particularly the case for women who experience domestic and family violence.

Men’s violence against women is not a private or family matter. It is a national emergency. Violence against women is occurring on epidemic proportions.

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Dec
03
2014

Making the Connection: pathways to Indigenous digital excellence

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A new frontier, full of opportunities: this is the way we often think about the rapidly changing digital age. Yet are these opportunities the same for everyone?

Today we’re releasing ‘Making the Connection‘, a series of thought-provoking essays, examining the challenges, opportunities and pathways to Indigenous digital excellence and commissioned by the Telstra Foundation.

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Dec
01
2014

Fostering Safe Connections

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Last week we were proud to launch the Telstra Safe Connections program, helping women impacted by domestic violence to stay safely connected to their friends, family and essential services.

In a partnership with the Women’s Services Network (WESNET), each year we will provide 5000 new smartphones, $30 pre-paid credit and information on the safe use of technology to women escaping domestic violence.

Domestic and family violence is a very significant issue in our society, currently impacting around one in three women in their lifetime.

We are also a proud supporter of White Ribbon, Australia’s male-led campaign to end violence against women. As a White Ribbon accredited workplace, we will continue to take active steps to stop violence against women, including advocating on the issue.

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Dec
01
2014

Tackling education barriers with Batchelor

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What a great country Australia is. We have many world-class opportunities at our fingertips – for example, our right to education from pre-school through to tertiary. However, due to the expanse of the land we call home, students based in extremely remote locations often draw the short straw when it comes to education.

To work towards closing this education gap, Telstra has recently partnered with Batchelor Institute, one of the largest providers of Indigenous education in the Northern Territory.

The Batchelor Institute has, for the past five years, been investing in and developing its online learning capacity, successfully establishing its presence as a provider of digital learning for some of the most remote students in Australia. Batchelor works with more than 3,000 students across 11 regional and remote sites, an achievement that was certainly not without its challenges.

Providing online education and training opportunities is not as straightforward as you’d think, especially since there’s very little provision for students in the far-flung areas of Australia to access these programs without internet access.

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