Australia Post celebrates colours of Antarctica on new stamps

Only two of the world’s continents lie entirely within the Southern Hemisphere: Australia and Antarctica. Australia lies quite close to the equator, while Antarctica is situated about the South Geographic Pole.

Antarctica is almost entirely covered by an ice sheet. In extreme weather snow blizzards can cause whiteout, an optical phenomenon in which uniform light conditions effectively make it impossible to distinguish shadows, landmarks or the horizon. This can occur when the snow cover is unbroken and the sky is overcast. Whiteout is a serious hazard as it causes a loss of perspective and direction.

However, some beautiful effects can be observed. In the freezing dry atmosphere of the Australian Antarctic Territory frozen water vapour remains in the air as suspended ice crystals. The reflection of light on these crystals creates some spectacular atmospheric effects such as solar pillars, sun dogs and solar halos. These beautiful stamps demonstrate some of the amazing colours that can be observed in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Stamps produced for the AAT (Australian Antarctic Territory) can be used for posting in Australia and all Australian Territories.

Source: Colours of the AAT set of four stamps – Australia Post Shop

Raumati convinces NZ Post to keep its PO open

Raumati Beach will keep its postal services after community and political pressure convinced NZ Post to iron out a deal to continue services from Raumati’s Four Square store.

The agreement means the store will run postal and courier services across the road from the current PostShop from Monday next Monday .

“We are delighted New Zealand Post has listened to the concerns of Raumati residents and will continue providing postal services from the Raumati Four Square. This result is a great example of what a community can achieve by all pulling together,” Kapiti Coast District Council mayor Ross Church said.

Source: Raumati rallies to save postal service |

The Last Post for Australia’s letters — but Ahmed Fahour still pockets a tidy salary

AUSTRALIA Post seeks the stamp of approval for new postal charges and services. We’ll pay more for less. Instead of the 70c stamp for a letter with (sort of) next-day delivery, Australia Post will charge $1 for the regular service and $1.50 for a priority service and this is expected to increase to $2. The priority service will mean (sort of) next-day delivery and the regular service may take up to five days.

Remember when posties used to deliver twice a day and once on Saturdays. They used to whistle. Now Australia Post is blowing us off.

We should support Australia Post in its hour of need and to acknowledge its more than 200 years of service to its devoted customers.

There’s only one problem: the salary of Ahmed Fahour, Ausralia Post’s managing director and CEO. We are expected to cover the losses of the postal service while Mr Fahour reportedly earns (are you sitting down?) $4.8 million a year in salary and bonuses.

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Queensland postal worker charged with stealing gift cards from mail

A Longreach postal worker has been charged after allegedly stealing gift cards from mail she sorted.

Police say the 46-year-old woman tried to use a gift card that wasn’t hers on January 4.

That led to officers executing a search warrant, which uncovered another 21 gift cards in her possession.

It is believed they had been collected between October 2014 and January 2015.

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Australia Post data shows more mail being accessed by government agencies

Australia Post disclosed confidential information to law enforcement, security and other government agencies more than 10,000 times in 2013-14, an increase of 25 per cent over the past four years.

According to statistics released by the postal corporation, "specially protected" information, which includes information about letters and parcels and other private client information was provided to government agencies by Australia Post on 5635 occasions – more than twice the number four years ago.

Federal government investigators accessing specially protected information include the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Australian Customs Service, the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink, Medicare and the Child Support Agency.

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Australia Post won’t divulge boss’s salary as letters profit dives 35 per cent

Australian Post has refused to reveal how much managing director Ahmed Fahour was paid last financial year, as it reported a 35 per cent slide in profit from its crumbling letters delivery sector.

Mr Fahour was last year paid $4.8 million, which is believed to be a record for an Australia public servant. In comparison, the chief of the US Postal Service earned $384,229 in 2012.

Australia Post released its profit results for 2013-14 on Thursday and refused to disclose his salary until the annual report is tabled in Parliament in October.

An Australia Post spokeswoman said: “We are reporting our results today in line with other large GBEs [government business enterprises] and at the recommendation of our shareholder. The salary of the managing director and CEO will be made available in the annual report, yet to be tabled in Parliament.”


The lack of transparency has angered Printing Industry Association of Australia, which represents big mail users from the print and packaging industries.

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Australia Post deliveries could be reduced to three a week by end of year

Aus_Post_Logo_oldtextAustralia Post could be given the OK to end the everyday delivery of standard mail and introduce a two-tiered pricing system as early as year’s end, under reforms being considered by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull is expected to present a rescue package for Australia Post, including three-day-a-week delivery for standard mail, to federal cabinet within months.

Mr Turnbull is also actively considering allowing the company to introduce a two-tiered pricing system, similar to Britain’s second-class mail service, for non-urgent letter deliveries. Customers wanting speedier letter delivery would pay more than the standard rate.

Safeguards for disadvantaged Australians, including pensioners, would be included in the reform package.

Read more: Australia Post deliveries could be reduced to three a week by end of year.

Australia Post workers consider striking

The postal workers’ union will contemplate industrial action over Australia Post’s plan to axe 900 jobs.

The federal government-owned corporation announced the cuts at 5pm on Tuesday, with its Melbourne head office expected to bear the brunt of the losses with jobs also to go in NSW and other states.

Managers and support staff are among those on the chopping block and Australia Post has ruled out any cuts to frontline services – including retail staff and posties.

Jim Metcher, from the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union, said the body was weighing up whether to strike.

‘We don’t rule out anything in terms of any campaigns to be conducted by the union, involving the workforce against Australia Post,’ Mr Metcher told AAP.

The union boss wrote to Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour, who reportedly earns $4.8 million a year, on Wednesday calling for a meeting to discuss the job cuts in detail.

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Australia post chief’s $4.8m a year criticised


The ACTU has slammed the almost $5 million salary being paid to Australia Post chief Ahmed Fahour as the government-owned company prepares to axe 900 staff.

The blast from the nation’s peak union body came amid a threat of industrial action in response to Australia Post’s confirmation on Tuesday of massive job cuts, the majority of which will be made at its headquarters in Melbourne over the next 12 months.

ACTU secretary Dave Oliver on Wednesday said the salary paid to Mr Fahour, a former National Australia Bank chief, is particularly extraordinary at a time when there are calls from business leaders and other high earners to lower wages and even drop the minimum wage.

‘Something is wrong when Australia Post chief Ahmed Fahour is paid millions a year but 900 workers, possibly more to come, are losing their jobs because of lack of profitability,’ Mr Oliver told AAP on Wednesday.

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Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour confirms 900 jobs will be axed

Australia Post will go the way of Kodak and the local video store without a fundamental transformation of the business, according to chief executive Ahmed Fahour, who confirmed the company would axe 900 jobs over the next 12 months.

Most of the job losses will come from Australia Post’s head office in Melbourne, with managerial, administrative and support roles most affected.

Mr Fahour also confirmed he was lobbying the federal government to relax Australia Post’s Community Services Obligation to deliver standard mail to homes five days a week.

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