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Thursday, 12 February 2015
Page: 697


Senator MARSHALL (VictoriaDeputy President of the Senate and Chair of Committees) (18:49): I rise tonight to present a petition containing the signatures of over 1,000 Australians who are gravely concerned by what appears to be an ongoing push for the privatisation of Australia Post. There are deep concerns in the Australian community about the possible privatisation of Australia Post, and it is difficult to determine why assets would be transferred from Australia Post to StarTrack Express for any reason other than to facilitate a privatisation process. On this basis, the concerns of the signatories of this petition are justified. I present this petition for the consideration of the Senate and call upon the government to prevent the transfer of assets from Australia Post to StarTrack Express or any other private ventures. I now seek leave to table the petition. I can advise the Senate that this has been discussed at the whips meeting and approved.

Leave granted.