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http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/2594160/gulgongs-australia-post-a... - Excellent article
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2590424/fair-go-the-battle-against-australia-post/?cs=303 Our Vice Chair speaks to his local media
LPOG members can enjoy the fruits of our hard won victory in the Senate.
It has been a hard road, and not one without pain. I know none of us enjoyed the rabble/ratbag tags, but in the spirit of such a resounding confirmation that we needed to do what we did, we must move on. The Senate has handed down a consenting report, a unanimous report that confirms our position. We were right to raise our issues and it has been confirmed that we have serious issues.
LPOG has a prime focus. That is to correct the financial position of LPOG members and in so doing build a new Association for our members
Many Licensees believe they do not need to contribute to this effort, because whatever we achieve will be handed on to all Licensees. So many have sat by and waited for a few to do the work. It remains to be seen if that is the outcome we will all achieve. LPOG does not puport to represent anyone but members of LPOG. We therefore invite all Licensees to join LPOG as a matter of urgency to ensure you are represented and to help us engage with the Government and Australia Post to see the Senate Inquiry reccomendations are carried out in full.
May we suggest that if you have opinions that you wish to share in regard to POAAL, and their operations, that ASIC would be the best place to direct those comments.
We really do not want to waste our bandwidth on issues that could be better directed elsewhere.
In the interests of moving on, LPOG has taken the open forum offline until further notice.
If Licensees have issues to discuss with LPOG please use the contact tab above to send us an email. Members can participate on Members Only Forums.
The Environment and Communications Legislation Committee have presented their Senate Inquiry report in the Australian Senate.
13,500 birthday cards from all over the world is a pretty special event. Just sort of glad that it wasn't for one of my Box holders. This amount of mail should validate that delivery point for about 25 years.
But it does go to show if you want to make it special, send it in the mail.
The Minister for Small Business, The Hon Bruce Billson has introduced legislative changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct.
The Abbott Government has passed legislation to increase compliance and reduce disputes in the Franchise sector with franchisors and franchisees who breach the new Franchising Code of Conduct facing penalties of up to $51,000. The actual financial penalty is not a great deterrent to the likes of AP, but the requirement to disclose the said penalty in every disclosure document is the part that will not sit well with our particular franchisor. The reforms also include improvements to the disclosure made to prospective franchisees.
The changes will also finally introduce the concept of good faith which is long overdue and will legislate to ensure franchisees and franchisors act in good faith in their dealings with each other.
I think Julie Szego seems to have got it and puts it very well in her article - extract below :-
"In announcing the proposed cut to services last week, Fahour said that without reform to Australia Post's "community service obligations" the loss "in the regulated mail business" will overwhelm the entire company. I had to stare for some time at those words "regulated mail business", their meaning approaching at a snail's pace.
Eventually I realised that "regulated mail business" meant, well, the post.
Australia Post wants to compete in the open market less encumbered by its "community service obligations", to, err, deliver the post. To Australians."
An excellent story by Stephanie Smail from the ABC on the plight of the Local Post Office that is run by Licensees in Kalbar in Qld and Geeveston in Tasmania.
Fantastic to see Senator Nick Xenophon putting out the call for the government to act quickly on the Senate recommendations due to be released very soon. Speaking as a Licensee it is very comforting to hear many other people outside our industry understanding the issues and showing similar concerns as we feel about the issues.
And now adding cover from NSW also
Good news for Licensees, our business partner is not going broke, and the crisis seems to be greatly exagerated.
Apparently when wading through the creative accounting the business made an increased profit last financial year, but spent most of it elsewhere.
So Plan B is blooming.
This is a media release and we will post the link to the full report when it is available.
And the questions start now.......