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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 1555

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   How many official post office.' have been downgraded to non-official status, and how many non-official post offices have been closed during the years 1969, 1970 and 1971.

(2)   What are the corresponding numbers of downgradings and closures proposed for 1972.

Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) The PostmasterGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   The number of official post offices which were changed to non-official method of operation:


The number of non-official post offices which were closed during the same period:


Over 80 per cent of the post offices closed since January 1971 were very small country offices at which the value of postage stamps sold averaged about 60 cents a day per office.

(2)   At this stage, it is not known how many similar changes will be made during the calendar year 1972, as these changes are largely dependent on such factors as the introduction of automatic telephone working, the occurrence of vacancies of postmaster, and the availability of local people to take over a non-official post office when the postmaster resigns. However, during the first three months of 1972, seven official post offices have been changed to non-official operation and 59 small non-official post offices have been closed. Very few similar changes will be made during the remainder of 1972.

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