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No basis to brown charge re Australia Post



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Minister for Transport and Communications Senator Gareth Evans Q.C.

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31 January 1988 5/88

NO BASIS TO BROWN CHARGE RE AUSTRALIA POST

Mr Nell Brown's suggestion today that Australia Post proposes to introduce distance-related charging to replace the standard 37 cent stamp is a transparent piece of political mischief-making, and should be treated accordingly.

I have been assured today by Australia Post's Chief General Manager Mr Ken Haffenden that

. the Australian Postal Commission has not considered any such proposal

. no such proposal is on the Commission's agenda, and

. nor is any such proposal being given any consideration by Australia Post management.

Certainly neither I nor the Government have given any consideration to any such suggestion, and have no plans whatever to do so.

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