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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2237

(Question No. 1619)


Mr Campbell asked the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 21 August 1984:

What arrangements does Australia Post have for the receipt and delivery of mail from and to the self-styled sovereign states of Hutt River Province in W.A. and Aeterna Lucina in N.S.W.


Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question, from advice provided by the Australian Postal Commission, is as follows:

In line with Government Policy, Australia Post does not recognise so called '' sovereign states''. Receipt and delivery of mail from and to ''Hutt River Province'' and ''Aeterna Lucina'' is effected in accordance with normal Australia Post practices. No different treatment is given to mail posted from either ''Hutt River Province'' or ''Aeterna Lucina'' if it is fully paid and otherwise conforms with the Postal Services Regulations and the Postal By-laws. The following arrangements apply for delivery of mail.

Hutt River Province

Mail addressed to ''Hutt River Province'' is endorsed ''Address unknown''. Australia Post then attempts delivery on a ''try'' basis to what is believed to be the correct address.

Aeterna Lucina

Mail addressed to ''Aeterna Lucina'' generally bears the correct postal address, with no self-styled titles or reference to Aeterna Lucina as a ''province''. Mail is, therefore, delivered as addressed.