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Monday, 25 February 1985
Page: 114

Senator VIGOR —I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Communications. Is the Minister aware of the lack of confidence in Australia Post, as expressed recently by the Confederation of Australian Industry, other organisations and consumers? Is the Minister aware that the basis of this lack of confidence is the long delays in postal deliveries for both standard items and special services, for example, priority paid? Given that Australia Post includes in its advertising timetables for delivery of postal articles, could the Minister advise whether the Government intends taking action under sections 52 or 53 of the Trade Practices Act, which, in effect, prohibit false advertising, or whether the Government will investigate what action needs to be taken to ensure that Australia Post's performance matches both its statutory obligations and its advertised practices?

Senator WALSH —I will ask the Minister for Communications what comment he has to make on that matter.