We’ve only got ourselves to blame for the Australia Post price hike… Do you agree? 489

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Yesterday it was confirmed that Australia Post prices would be rising again in coming months. The Abbott government approved the changes despite mixed support from the public. But seeing everyone complain about it makes me wonder, do we realise that it is our own fault that the prices are rising? Do we realise that we’ve only got ourselves to blame?

The changes are that a standard letter will be $1.00 to post locally and the service will have multi-speed options and, instead of having the regular Mon-Fri guarantee service, it will have either five-day-a-week service (will be more expensive) or three-day-a-week service (will be cheaper).

You see, without realising it most of us have stopped communicating that way except for the rare occasion. We’d prefer to pick up the phone and have a chat or send a text or email. Email is free and doesn’t cost a cent – we can attach images and make it as long as we like – so it’s effectively replaced the traditional letter post.

Australia Post’s letter delivery service is it’s least profitable sector – they’re doing it very tough with profits halving in recent years. And if you don’t think that you are personally to blame then I ask you, when was the last time you sent a letter?

So let’s talk today… Do you feel that it’s our own fault Australia Post have had to increase prices? When was the last time you sent a letter? 

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  1. I post letters all the time and just yesterday posted a package to my parents. I still like to handwrite a letter to penpals around the world and always mail birthday cards etc throughout the year. Perhaps the head of the Postal Service and some of the managers should stop receiving such huge salaries so that they only earn when things are going well. Fed up with hearing their sob stories and yet they can still pay these public servants such a lot of my tax money instead of using it to improve ways to run the businesses and departments

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    • When the CEO of Australia Post sacks 900 workers & then donates $2m dollars to a Muslim museum we have every right to be very angry! I really don’t buy people saying it was his money he can do what he likes with it. It was not his money it could have kept some of those people employed.

    • Get a proper manager who can do the job. Employ people who actually want to do the jobs they are paid for. {pay the workers, and let the CEO be paid on delivery figures for the service. His “Bonus” was not earned and his “donation” a blatant rip-off.

    • Australia Post has for years contracted the postal rounds out to private contractors to deliver your mail to you!

    • Then those contractors should be held to standards Lynda. Privatisation of ESSENTIAL services is abdication of government RESPONSIBILITIES & not acceptable.

  2. How about cutting a couple of million dollars off the CEO’s wage ,….

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  3. Today i posted a parcel to Tassie, for my Grandchildren, which i do often. Birthdays, Christmas and sometimes in between. I receive mail from them fairly often also. The last time i sent anything like a letter was all my Christmas cards to friends and family. They do say, “What goes around, comes around”, so this could well change in the not to distant future.

  4. I post parcels all the time, prepaid, trackable envelopes only to guarantee that it gets there. Not cheap, but only way.

  5. I posted a letter yesterday, a parcel the day before and last week three letters. Over the past week I have also received two parcels. Love Australia Post!!!

  6. Havn’t purchased a stamp in years and see no problem adapting to a one per week postal delivery—-most of the ” letters ” delivered by the post person are junk mail these days.

  7. Parcel ARE making a profit and does it matter if we only get mail deliveries 3 times a week u can most bills by email these days if they keep going like they are they will go broke whether it’s from ineffecient or not no I don’t work for australia post but they have to move with the times

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