Telstra to pay ‘one of the biggest corporate fines in Australian history’

Sky News host Paul Murray says Telstra is going to pay “one of the biggest corporate fines in the history of our country” and could be staring down the barrel of a $50 million compensation payment.

The fine is to be paid as a consequence of “Telstra workers, working in Telstra stores, … selling more than 108 indigenous customers phone contracts they didn’t understand because they didn’t understand the language, and they couldn’t afford,” Mr Murray said.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chief Rod Sims said the situation was “probably the worst we’ve seen”.

“This happened at the absolute ground level, but it says something a lot about our most vulnerable when there are a people who thought there was money to be made in shoving contracts in the hands of people who couldn’t understand them and couldn’t afford them,” Mr Murray said.

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