Jun 11, 2020

ANTHONY ALBANESE & KRISTY MCBAIN – MEDIA RELEASE – POSTAL SERVICE CUTS TO HIT QUEANBEYAN – THURSDAY, 11 JUNE 2020

 

ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

 

KRISTY MCBAIN
CANDIDATE FOR EDEN-MONARO

 

POSTAL SERVICE CUTS TO HIT QUEANBEYAN

 

Queanbeyan is among the areas set to be hardest hit by new Morrison Government regulations that will let Australia Post scale back services, slash jobs and cut wages.

 

People in regional areas already wait longer than those in cities for their mail, and changes recently announced by the Government will push those wait times out even further.

 

In Queanbeyan:

  • The regulations will slash the frequency of postie delivery rounds by half; and
  • Mail delivery timeframes will blow out from 3 business days to 7 full days.

 

Nationally, these changes will leave the jobs of up to one in four posties in limbo and put many other indirect jobs at risk.

 

There was no consultation on these regulations before they were announced, and there was no opportunity to examine their merits. Further, the Government has given no guarantees that the changes won’t be made permanent following the coronavirus crisis.

 

This is a cheap shot on the workers of Australia Post and people in regional communities.

 

At a time of economic uncertainty across Eden-Monaro and regional Australia, now is not the time to be slashing jobs or services in regional areas.

 

The boom in parcel delivery is an opportunity to preserve and create jobs — not to cut them.

 

THURSDAY, 11 JUNE 2020.