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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1296


Senator DURACK - In directing my question to the Postmaster-General I refer to the question I asked previously concerning the proposed courier services to be operated by the PostmasterGeneral's Department. Can the PostmasterGeneral inform the Senate as to whether Government departments will be permitted to continue to use private courier services?


Senator BISHOP - The honourable senator's question is related to my earlier answer to a question from him on this subject. Recently it was found after some surveys had been made that a number of Australian Government departments were using on occasions not only private courier services but also other services provided by private operators in Australia which were, in fact, competing with Australian Post Office services. As the Post Office services are as good, as quick and as efficient as the other services, a direction was given to the Government departments that wherever practicable they should use the Post Office facilities. So in addition to what I said previously in reply to Senator Durack 's question, I would like to say clearly now that Government departments will be expected, wherever possible, to use the Australian Government's own Post Office facilities. Otherwise, there will be free competition. But obviously, the Government cannot afford to see Government departments giving business to private operators when its Post Office service is equally as good and just as cheap as that provided by the private operator.







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