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Welfare groups up in arms over suggestions Australia Post could charge extra for daily deliveries

发布时间 22 January 2014, 7:48 AEST
Caroline Winter

Welfare and business groups say any move by Australia Post to charge a fee for mail delivery would disadvantage low-income earners and regional areas.

Play Me, I'm YoursAustralia Post postie Australia Post’s survey asked if customers efer hing mail delivered three times a week or pay $30 per year for daily delivery. (Credit: Audience Submitted) 

In its annual online survey, Australia Post asked customers if y would efer to he ir post delivered three times a week, or pay an annual $30 fee for daily delivery.

South Australia's Council of Social Service says many people simply cannot afford anor expense.

"This is a really important, vital service partlarly for people on low incomes who are already hing a really hard time with cost of living essures," spokesman Ross Wommersley said.

"y rely on Australia Post being able to deliver not just ir bills but also a whole lot of or things that help m piece ir lives toger.

"Adding an additional ice to that could in fact be really debilitating."

Mr Wommersley said any fee would be an "alling impost" for people relying on welfare payments, such as Newstart.

NSW Business Chamber said introduction of eir a fee or periodic delivery would burden business.

"If it did come to fruition… it would certainly ground a lot of commercial ogress, not so much to a halt, but it would slow it down," said spokesman Damian Kelly.

"Partlarly regional Australia, and regional New South Wales where I'm from, it would he a dramatic impact on a number of busines that rely on postage and postage services."

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