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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gizmodo Australia

Telstra's CEO Tells Staff Its Marriage Equality Stance 'Will Be Disappointing To Some People' 

Telstra CEO Andy Penn has taken to the company’s internal message board to tell employees that while he understands its move away from explicit support for marriage equality in Australia may be “disappointing”, he and Telstra management believe that it’s now up to government to decide the matter. 
Penn says the company’s “diverse customer base” means the company should not get in the way of political “process”, and that Telstra should “respect… personal views.”

Telstra, It's 2016, Marriage Equality Isn't An 'Ideology' 

Opinion: Last year the telecommunications giant publicly supported Australian Marriage Equality, the major campaign group for same-sex marriage in Australia. Now it says “Telstra has no further plans to figure prominently in the wider public debate.”
Organisations such as Telstra in the best position and are the least likely to suffer ill consequences of any facet of society when speaking up for human rights, so why the cowardly backflip? Do contracts with the Catholic Church mean more to Telstra than the equal rights of it’s customers? It’s difficult to draw any conclusion for this other than, sadly, yes. 

The New Secret Life Of Pets Trailer Explores The World Of Canine Sibling Rivalry  

Video: A pair of pups (Louis C.K. as the sassy terrier type; Eric Stonestreet as his massive, shaggy rival) must learn to share an owner — and survive their run-in with the dogcatcher — in this latest trailer for The Secret Life of Pets.

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Telstra, It’s 2016, Marriage Equality Isn’t An ‘Ideology’Last year the telecommunications giant publicly supported Australian Marriage Equality, the major campaign group for same-sex marriage in Australia.
Telstra’s CEO Tells Staff Its Marriage Equality Stance ‘Will Be Disappointing To Some People’Twenty six hundred years ago, a band of Judahite soldiers kept watch on their kingdom’s southern border in the final days before Jerusalem was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar.
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There Is Now One Legal 'Hoverboard' In Australia 

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Gale Ann Hurd Hints At The One Thing That Could Save The Terminator Movies 

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