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Mail problems 'hurting the needy'



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P A R L I A M E N T OF A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E OF R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

O FFIC E OF P H IL IP R U D D O C K , M .P. MEMBER FOR DUNDAS SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS

PRESS RELEASE

MAIL PROBLEMS "HURTING THE NEEDY"

Federal Member for Dundas, Philip Ruddock has issued another statement critical of the mail service being provided by Australia Post.

1 The situation is very worrying. 1

'Despite the very many public statements being made by the Minister for Communications and others, I am still receiving daily reports of problems being caused by late and slow mail delivery.1

Mr Ruddock said he had been contacted by a local pharmacist who was concerned about urgent prescriptions which were taking at least a week to be delivered to Eastwood from the Department of Health in Sydney.

'The pharmacist who called me said he was concerned about the distress being caused to the ill who are awaiting the medication, and I certainly share his concern.'

Mr Ruddock said the same source indicated that all his periodical and other 1 second class' mail was received on Monday, with none being received on other weekdays.

'This certainly adds credence to the story that such articles are allowed to mount up during the week to allow for overtime to be worked to clear it over the weekend.'

Mr Ruddock said he shared the frustration of the many residents who have been contacting his office beseeching him to do everything possible to remedy the situation.

'One lady phoned me most distressed because an important letter regarding a family matter had taken over one week to arrive from Melbourne necessitating several expensive STD telephone calls to ascertain its whereabouts before delivery. '

'This same lady received a letter posted at Bondi ten days after its postmark and waits at least three weeks for mail from London. '

Mr Ruddock said the Minister's comments about the possible

'privatisation' of Australia Post had not seemed to result yet in any

marked improvement of the system.

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Date 22.5.1985 R ef 'phL85J3.358.3367