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Thursday, 13 May 2004
Page: 23351


Senator Mackay asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 23 February 2004:

(1) How many community mail agents (CMAs) were there as at 1 January 2004.

(2) How many community postal agents (CPAs) were there as at 1 January 2004.

(3) Are there any community mail and/or postal agencies being run in conjunction with a Rural Transaction Centre.

(4) Were any Licensed Post Offices converted to CMA/CPA operations during the 2003 calendar year; if so, can details be provided.


Senator Kemp (Minister for the Arts and Sport) —The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question based on advice received from Australia Post:

(1) 130.

(2) 635.

(3) There are five Community Postal Agents who also host a Rural Transaction Centre.

(4) There were two instances in 2003 where it was necessary to replace a licensed operator with a Community Postal Agency:

Glenorchy (VIC) in April 2003; and

Lowanna (NSW) in October 2003.

In the case of Glenorchy, the licence was handed back to Australia Post when the licensee was unable to find another party willing to take it over on assignment. In Lowanna, the former licensee ceased to operate and effectively abandoned the licence.