Australia Post remains at risk of privatisation regardless of who wins Saturday’s federal election.
Country Alliance party spokesman, Russell Bate, said it was concerning that neither Labor nor the Coalition will commit to ensuring this vital service stays in public hands and called on both parties to rule out privatisation.
“Australia Post has clearly been in the process of restructuring in preparation for a public offering of all or at least significant parts of its operations. If we take the impact of the privatisation of Telstra on regional Australia as an example it is clear that this would be a disaster for country Australia".
"While services to smaller rural communities may not always be profitable they are essential and the closure or loss of country post offices would have a huge impact on the communities.”
Mr Bate said his party has already called for reform of Australia Posts services to improve, not reduce, services to regional areas.
“If our candidates are elected, they will fight to ensure Australia Post stays in public hands and accessible to local communities. They will fight to ensure the local post offices are retained and are given the right incentives to offer a wider range of services to ensure their ongoing viability”.
The polices 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.