Party spokesman, Andrew Jones, said opening up Australia Posts outlets to enable other freight companies to provide parcel services using the "third party access" regime would give consumers greater flexibility in choosing the service they need.
The Toll Group has already supported the call to open the Australia Post network to third party competition. [SEE TOLL’S LETTER OF SUPPORT IN OUR MEDIA SECTION WITH THIS RELEASE ON OUR WEBSITE]
"At the moment people have no choice. They can only use Australia Post whose charges have skyrocketed in recent times without explanation."
"Consumer watchdog, Choice has expressed concern about Australia Post's price increases and criticised it for failing to explain itself to the community.
"Currently it is difficult for Australian businesses to compete with overseas suppliers because of the monopoly Australia Post has in the small parcel market.
“A Port Macquarie bookshop recently told NSW outlet that it now costs them $11.70 in postage to send an $8 paperback book while the same book can be imported from the UK for just $3".
Mr Jones said the problem was that Australia Post built its network on the back of its letters monopoly which has given it a major advantage over other parcel delivery providers.
"It is bad policy to allow this to continue. People should be able to go to an Australia Post outlet and be able to choose from among parcel delivery providers in the same way they can choose different telecommunication services through Telstra's network, or electricity providers through the existing distribution network.
“There is no reason we cannot open up the opportunity for greater competition to keep prices down."
Mr Jones said the third party access arrangements overseen by the ACCC have worked well in Australia in opening up access to monopoly assets and should be extended to parcel delivery services through the Australia Post network.
The polices that that the Country Alliance has provide a balanced range of positions designed to harness and grow regional communities, which creates jobs, which is of special importance to young people also voting for the first time.
In particular, the Country Alliance party is committed to the representation and preservation of the rights and interests of those who live in, work in, or enjoy, rural and regional communities. We believe in equality of access to education, transportation, communication and health care for regional and rural communities. We support freedom of access to the public lands for the responsible pursuit of legitimate employment and recreational activities.
We believe that the land management policies must be guided by and funded to meet the needs of the communities that live adjacent to public land or who access it for their recreation or livelihood.