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

发布 22 January 2014, 7:48 AEST
Caroline Winter

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

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

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

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

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

"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 sd any fee would be an "appalling impost" for people relying on welfare payments, such as Newstart.

NSW Business Chamber sd introduction of eir a fee or pedic delivery would burden business.

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

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

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