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Media Release

 

THE HON ALEX SOMLYAY

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government

 

S69/98

16 July 1998

 

NO CLOSURE OF REGIONAL AND BUSH POST OFFICES

 

The Federal Minister for Regional Development, Alex Somlyay, said today's Federa l Government decision on postal deregulation is wonderful news for the security of vital postal services for rural and regional Australia.

 

"The National Competition Council set up by Labor in 1995 released a report reviewing Australia Post operations. During its term in office Labor closed 277 Australia Post outlets," Mr Somlyay said.

 

The Coalition Government through the Minister for Communications, Senator Richard Alston, has delivered a very sensible and considered response to the NCC recommendations which will increase choice and reduce costs for consumers, while guaranteeing no reduction in the standard of postal services.

 

"The announcement delivers a number of vital service guarantees to the public from the Howard Government. We are committed to give all Australians access to the world's best postal service at the best possible price with no reduction in service," Mr Somlyay said.

 

These key Coalition commitments guarantee the bright future for postal services:

 

 

• Australia Post will remain 100% government owned;

• No regional post office or mail centre will close as a result of this government response to the NCC;

• Australia Post will continue vital subsidies to 700 regional Licensed Post Offices;

• The standard letter rate will remain uniform for all Australians;

• The standard letter rate will be frozen at 45 cents until at least 1 January 2003;

• And current concessions for delivering educational material to isolated children will be maintained.

 

 

Further information:Graeme Hallet (Mini ster's Office) 02-6277 7060

 

 

 

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