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Labor’s Plan for Australia Post.



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LINDSAY TANNER MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

MICHELLE O’BYRNE MP MEMBER FOR BASS AND PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR COMMUNICATIONS

September 13 2004

Labor’s Plan for Australia Post

A Labor Government will retain Australia Post in full public ownership so it can continue to deliver decent postal services to all Australians.

Labor will not deregulate Australia Post’s reserved services as the Howard Government did with the Postal Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2003, a Bill Labor opposed.

The Howard Government has consistently sought to deregulate Australia Post. Labor will not deregulate Australia Post.

Labor guarantees that Australia Post’s community service obligations, service standards, and reserved services will remain in place in full. Labor also guarantees to keep in place the minimum required number of postal outlets and post boxes.

Labor guarantees that all Australians will receive a standard letter at a uniform price.

Labor also guarantees not to increase the cost of a 50c stamp in its first term of office. The cost of a standard letter rose by 5c in 2002.

Labor will also introduce a Postal Industry Ombudsman to help resolve disputes between postal operators and customers. The Howard Government promised this at the last election but has failed to deliver. This has been another broken promise from John Howard.

Labor will also introduce new rules to ensure communities are properly consulted and listened to if Australia Post chooses to close postal outlets or post boxes in any community.

Labor will keep Australia Post public, delivering decent postal services to all Australians.

September 13, 2004

For further information contact Simon Hammersley (M. O’Byrne) on 0419 874 067 or Peter van Vliet (L. Tanner, MP) on 0417 147 932