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Notice given 13 September 2006

2487  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the recent announcement by Australia Post to transfer mail sorting from country mail centres in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Morwell and Seymour to the Dandenong Letters Centre (DLC) has led to: (a) the loss of approximately 20 full-time jobs; (b) a delay of one day of mail delivered to the Latrobe Valley area; and (c) the employment of new labour at DLC on reduced conditions.

(2) Does the Prime Minister’s requirement that Commonwealth entity jobs be protected in rural areas still apply; if so, were these changes approved by the Minister or the Prime Minister.