Senate Inquiry Extended – Interim Report Released
UPDATE: Submissions still being accepted via APH website HERE
- The Australian (11/12/2013): "Parliament keeps an eye on post office talks"
- SKY NEWS REPORT (12/12/2013): "Licensed post offices on watching brief"
- weeklytimesnow.com.au (12/12/2013): "Parliamentary committee to keep close eye on Australia Post discussions with post office owners"
- ninemsn (11/12/2013): "Parliament keeps eye on post office talks"
Due to an overwhelming number of submissions and issues raised, the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee has made the decision to extend the Senate Inquiry entitled: Performance, importance and role of Australia Post in Australian communities and its operations in relation to licensed post offices - until March 31, 2014.
The Committee acknowledges the depth of issues raised, particularly by LPOs through individual submissions, witnesses at the Senate Inquiry Hearing and submissions made by stakeholders.
The Committee explored the immediate and long term challenges facing both Australia Post and LPOs. It goes without saying that both entities need to be successful into the future to ensure Australian communities are able to access our world class postal service and the armada of additional services Australians depend on.
A couple of noteworthy passages from the report:
11; POAAL, Submission 9, pp 4 and 15.
11 See, for example, POAAL, Submission 9, p. 24.
12 See, for example, POAAL, Submission 9, p. 7.
1.11 During the committee's hearing, it became apparent that there are numerous issues for the committee to consider in relation to the performance of Australia Post and its relationship with LPOs. Evidence was given that many LPO operators are struggling to survive to the point where some off-site employment is undertaken to fund their operation. It is evident it has now become a fight for survival and must be considered a matter of urgency. To do nothing would put the future of hundreds of LPOs, principally in rural and regional areas, at risk. These are important and complex issues which the committee considers require further deliberations.
The Committee has deferred recommendations pending the outcomes of current discussions between Australia Post, the Government and industry groups. The Senate Committee say the discussions will be "watched with interest".
LPOG being one of those stakeholders is vigorously campaigning for an acceptable outcome for LPOs. While these discussions are happening behind closed doors, be assured we are putting our best talent forward to offer up solutions that ensure the viability of LPOs.