Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE over­seas postal ser­vice has be­come a well-dis­cussed sub­ject.

I have just had an 80th birth­day and have been for­tu­nate to re­ceive many calls from over­seas with birth­day wishes and al­ways the ques­tion: "Did you re­ceive our card?".

On a dozen oc­ca­sions the re­ply had to be "not yet", which I found very em­bar­rass­ing.

Yes, the greet­ing cards have ar­rived, tak­ing 12-14 days to find their way into my mail box.

Thank you postie for the morn­ing de­liv­er­ies – a vast im­prove­ment to mid or late af­ter­noon.

I un­der­stand from a staff mem­ber of the post of­fice when I made an en­quiry that Perth mail is bun­dled along the Nullar­bor Plain, not the air­mail ser­vice ex­pected by the sender.

Yet 10 years ago mail ar­rived within five days.

We now have a very ex­pen­sive ser­vice with ex­tended de­liv­ery times.

It would ap­pear our mail is no longer im­por­tant.

Email is very use­ful to busi­ness, but a very "cold" way for a per­sonal rea­son or im­por­tant le­gal doc­u­ments that need a sig­na­ture.

Na­tional ex­press is hardly ex­press ei­ther. We now have a very ex­pen­sive ser­vice that is no longer fast.

The in­crease in on­line pur­chas­ing should coun­ter­act the de­cline in or­di­nary mail and cost es­ti­mat­ing spread across the board.

The cost of postage is now get­ting be­yond peo­ple's means.

The cost of let­ters is now $2.95 to the UK. Out­ra­geous, but no doubt we would be told it’s in line with other coun­tries. This is Aus­tralia. The coun­try of a fair go.

Our ex-head of Aus­tralia Post thinks he has done a very good job stream­lin­ing our postal ser­vices. That is a mat­ter of opin­ion. J SMITH, Kal­la­roo.

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