Labor believes the parcels boom should be an opportunity to preserve and create more jobs – not cut them.
There was no consultation by Government on these regulations before they were announced, and no opportunity to examine the merits and impacts of alternative approaches.
The Government claims these regulations are a temporary response to COVID-19.
Labor is concerned, however, that the planned changes are intended to be permanent with COVID-19 being used as an excuse to ram them through without appropriate scrutiny.
This is disrespectful to the workers of Australia Post who have done so much for the country, and a breach of faith with the community.
If Scott Morrison and Australia Post wanted to make the case for change, they should have fronted up and given an honest account of their plans rather than using COVID-19 as an excuse to cut services and cut jobs by stealth.
The Prime Minister’s actions are not good enough, and that is why Labor will seek to disallow these regulations.
Our objective is simple: to protect jobs and provide a service that meets the needs of consumers, business and the community at large.
We would like to see Australia Post and its unions working together to support the growing demand for parcels and support jobs – not cutting jobs.