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Tuesday, 15 August 1989
Page: 71

(Question No. 1020)

Senator Newman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support, upon notice, on 29 May 1989:

To send a 700g parcel from Scamander, Tasmania, to Asia currently costs $5.40; to send the same parcel from Scamander, Tasmania, to Sydney, however, currently costs $6.85; why is it that it costs $1.45 more to send a parcel interstate than it does to send it overseas.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question, based on information from Australia Post:

When making a comparison between charges for domestic and international mail, it must be recognised that there are different costs and service conditions for each sector.

At the time of Senator Newman's question, but only in some cases, the cost of transporting a sea mail parcel overseas was less than the cost of delivering a similar parcel within Australia where faster but costlier means of transport were utilised. The prices charged reflected this situation.

Following a review of postal charges, adjustments have been made, with effect from 3 July 1989. The cost of sending a 700g parcel from Tasmania to Sydney is now $7.45, while the cost of sending the same parcel from Tasmania to Asia is $8.40.