It’s 12 months since the Morrison Government announced that people in the Shortland electorate will suffer postal service cuts, and the question remains – why are services being cut and what is truly driving this tricky Liberal agenda?
These changes from the Morrison Government saw mail delivery timeframes in our region blow out from as few as three business days to seven full days.
Across Australia, any areas that were receiving daily postal deliveries were cut back to every second day.
Further, having mail delivered five days a week meant posties could deliver parcels everyday as well. Because of these service cuts, delivery timeframes for small to medium sized parcels could also be delayed.
To add insult to injury, it was confirmed this week that Australia Post will end the delivery of perishable goods on 1 July – a decision that will hit many food growers in our region hard.
In September, Scott Morrison voted to lock in these plans, which Labor had sought to disallow.
It’s up to Scott Morrison to explain why grandchildren in the Shortland electorate will have to wait longer to get a birthday card from their grandparents on the North Coast.
It’s up to all those who voted to support the delayed delivery times to tell small businesses across the Hunter and Central Coast why it’s a good idea that their invoices will take longer to land in customers letterboxes.
It’s unconscionable that residents and businesses in regional Australia should see a less reliable and less frequent postal service.