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Thursday, 19 June 2014
Page: 6720


Mr DANBY (Melbourne Ports) (13:56): There are proposed changes to the way Australia Post will deliver our post—proposals that would cut the post down to three days per week. If one is examining the nature of Australia Post these days, it is not simply a matter of the parcel service being successful and the letter service not being successful. There are 485 executives of Australia Post earning more than a backbench member of parliament—more than $200,000. That is more than three parliamentsful of executives earning more than $200,000. For the average old lady in Manangatang who wants her postage deliveries to continue five or six days a week, cutting Australia Post staff might be better than cutting the post to deliveries a two- or three-day service.

The great Australian postal workers who deliver our post are also delivering large numbers of small parcels. I am not sure of the legitimacy of the claim that the postal service's letter delivery service is not helpful in delivering large amounts of small parcels that are being organised by eBay these days. I think there is another way of going about Australia Post as an organisation.