Snail mail shame

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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?”.

The re­ply had to be “not yet”, which I found very em­bar­rass­ing.

Yes, the greet­ing cards have now ar­rived, tak­ing 12 to 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 that Perth mail is bun­dled along the Nullar­bor Plain, not the air­mail ser­vice ex­pected.

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 do 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 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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