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Postal reforms are deregulation by stealth.

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Launceston Canberra

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Michelle O’Byrne MP



POSTAL REFORMS ARE DEREGULATION BY STEALTH The postal reform legislation due to be introduced into Federal Parliament this week is likely to be the first step in Minister Alston’s latest campaign to deregulate Australia Post, the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Communications, Michelle O’Byrne said today. “This is yet another attempt at deregulation by stealth,” Ms O’Byrne said. “The Minister has failed in his previous attempts to set Australia Post on the path towards self-destruction, but he is at it once again. “Australians living outside the big cities just cannot afford the Minister’s obsession. They will be the big losers if he gets away with this little flirtation with ideology.” “Legislation to allow document exchanges to carry letters to and from their members’ premises would be carte blanche to exchanges to extensively expand their membership to compete with, rather than complement, Australia Post.” Ms O’Byrne said that such an arrangement would cut into the most profitable markets for Australia Post, whilst leaving it solely responsible for the more expensive of its obligations. “Australia Post just would not be able to do this profitably. It would be left hopelessly ill-equipped to provide services to areas in rural and regional Australia.” Canberra - 17th June 2003 Further information: Michelle O’Byrne 0417 379 562 Brian Roe 0438 604 571