Australia is "racist" and "backward", according to former Telstra boss Sol Trujillo, who is now in the US after leaving the telco earlier this month.
Mr Trujillo, who was dubbed one of the 'three amigos' along with fellow US Telstra executives Phil Burgess and Greg Winn, told the BBC that he had experienced racism during his four years as Telstra CEO.
"I think by definition [it was racism] - there were even columnists who wrote stories that said it was," Mr Trujillo said.
"But my point is that [racism] does exist and it's got to change because the world is full of a lot of people and most economies have to take advantage - including Australia - of a diverse set of people."
As CEO of Telstra he earned more than $30 million, despite the telco's share price losing nearly 40 percent of its value during his watch.
Mr Tujillo added that Australia's immigration policies are out of step with the modern world and that coming to Australia is like "stepping back in time".
"Just simply because some of the policies, some of the laws, or more recent, when you think of immigration policies that weren't changed until 30 years ago or so, which were very restrictive," the ABC reported him as saying.
He also claimed that Australians had apologised to him personally for the reception he was given. "Many Australians have come up to me and they've apologised, because they're embarrassed by that kind of behaviour," Mr Trujillo said.
Mr Trujillo cut a controversial figure during his time at Telstra, frequently clashing with both the Howard and Rudd Governments culminating with the telco being locked out of the government's National Broadband Network.
Speaking earlier this month, Mr Trujillo said he doubted whether the network would ever be built.
"I haven't (commented on the proposal) and I won't," Mr Trujillo said.
"I'll comment in four or five years. Let's see if it ever happens. We'll draw a conclusion if it happens."He left Telstra last week, one month earlier than planned and is already making waves in the US where shareholders in the retail giant Target are being urged to vote him off the company's board of directors.
money.ninemsn.com 26 May 2009
What Solomon DOES NOT mention that there is also a racist
Anglo- Masonic element in his OWN WORKPLACE.
John Demeanur, Ashley East,
Jay Ghay, John Limpy,
Darryl Maserati, Paul FaxSheet,
Ana Liability, Michelle SwineHund,
Rajiv, Sanjit and many others
(names have been changed to protect the RACISTS).
IT's TOUGH to slander the COUNTRY once you are gone, BUT in reality, you could not say that when you were here could you, you COWARD !!!
Solomon is Anti-Australian (like Anti- Semitic, but against Australians, not Jews)