Senator Barry O’Sullivan
Submitted by LPOGroup on Sat, 07/07/2018 - 10:59am
Australians all owe Senator Barry O’Sullivan an enormous debt of gratitude for his dedication to ensuring the survival of the Post Office network for Australian communities all over the country. 5 years ago when the LPO Group first met with Barry, many of us believed we could be, or would be insolvent within months, and for our communities that would have very dire consequences. For almost 3,000 small business owners, 2,500 in rural and remote locations, that was a soul destroying predicament after years of serving in our Licensed Post Offices in our communities. It is an absolute credit to Barry’s leadership skills, that he has united a very dispirited, disenfranchised and financially stressed industry and guided, supported, empowered and energised those same Licensees to fight for the continued viability and ultimate sustainability of the Australia Post Licensed Post Office Network. A major part of the ongoing success of the campaign was Barry’s ability to unite the Senate Committee to understand the issues, and to drive the work to reform the postal industry.
Today, many of those same Licensees will forever be greatfull to Barry for the wins we have gained, and his role in our survival as we continue to trade, and continue to seek solutions for the long term future of the network. We have a long way to go but we have come so far from our beginnings. It would not be an overstatement to say that without Barry’s ongoing support and guidance, Australia Post would have lost the LPO Network to years of neglect from many past governments. Barry looked at the issues, listened to the Licensees and acted to address the problems. He has achieved so much, with little fanfare, and we continue to rely on his skilled leadership to complete this most necessary work.
Thank you Barry, you are an inspiration, and the best that politics should be for Australians everywhere.