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Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Page: 930

Australia Post

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) (14:22): My question is to the minister representing the Minister for Communications. Pre corporatisation, the Australia Post CEO received $360,000 a year. Ahmed Fahour, the current CEO, enjoys $5.6 million. France's postal service CEO receives $1 million, whilst the United States postal service CEO receives only $550,000. Pre Fahour, stamps cost 50c; they are now $1—Minister, no more Christmas cards. In 2014, Australia Post sacked 900 staff. In the same year, Mr Fahour's Australia Post donated $2.8 million to his brother's Islamic museum. Minister, in light of Australia Post's generosity, could I get $30,000 to repair the Catholic church in Julia Creek?

Mr FLETCHER (BradfieldMinister for Urban Infrastructure) (14:22): I thank the member for Kennedy for that question. As the government and the Prime Minister have made clear, the government does have concerns about the remuneration level of the Australia Post chief executive, and those concerns have been communicated to the chairman of Australia Post. We have expressed those views to Australia Post. In relation to the Catholic church at Julia Creek, I certainly encourage the member to come forward with an application under the Building Better Regions Fund.