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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

I WOULD be among the many who can read­ily em­pathise with re­cent cor­re­spon­dents com­plain­ing of the woe­ful in­ad­e­qua­cies and short­com­ings of Aus­tralia Post.

A stan­dard-sized let­ter posted by me in Shen­ton Park on March 5 to an ad­dress in North Fre­man­tle has not been de­liv­ered and af­ter re­cent en­quiries, no trace of it can be found at the ‘dead let­ter’ fa­cil­ity.

This item ap­pears to have just dis­ap­peared into the ether.

Post of­fices now seem more in­tent on com­pet­ing with neigh­bour­ing small busi­nesses sell­ing sta­tionery, gifts and books rather than con­cen­trat­ing upon the orig­i­nal rai­son d'etre of a postal ser­vice which once boasted 'If it’s posted by 6pm in the metro area, it will be de­liv­ered within the metro area next day'. ROD­NEY WELLS, Shen­ton Park.

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