Federal Member for Lyons Brian Mitchell MP has welcomed Australia Post’s decision to reverse its hare-brained scheme to cut all delivery services of perishable goods by 1 July 2021.
The federal government-owned company today bowed to increasing pressure after admitting that it planned to cease its StarTrack service on March 31.
That was then extended to June 30 after a panicked intervention from the Morrison government and has now been reversed entirely.
Mr Mitchell said common sense had finally prevailed.
“It beggars belief that Australia Post even considered this course of action in the first place,” Mr Mitchell said.
“I blasted the announcement when it first emerged in February and I can’t believe it’s taken this long for the government to step in.
“If not for serious lobbying from local producers and members of the Labor Party who recognised the government’s foolishness, Scott Morrison would have left hard-working local exporters like Deloraine salmon farmer Ben Pyka for dead.
“This whole debacle shows just how out of touch the Morrison government is with real issues that affect real people.
Mr Mitchell said the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman now has an important role in keeping Australia Post accountable and protecting the interests of all local exporters, including Tasmanians.
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