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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1293

Senator DURACK (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Postmaster-General. I refer to the proposal contained in legislation to set up a courier service within the Australian Post Office. I ask: Does the Government intend to permit the many private courier services which mushroomed in Australia because the Post Office was not providing the services that were demanded by the community to continue in competition with the courier service being set up by the Australian Post Office?

Senator BISHOP - There is no intention on the part of the Post Office or the Government to stop these other services operating. The matter has been reconsidered during recent months. The Post Office and the Government consider it urgent that the Post Office should get into the business because it is profitable. Obviously the Post Office needs the revenue which can come from such an operation. It will be in competition. It will be a matter for the services concerned whether they survive in the face of the competition from the Post Office.

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