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Video: Throwing parcels from a motorcycle in Australia

A postman in Victoria has been caught on CCTV throwing mail into the bushes.

Australian floral emblems bloom onto stamps

Australia Post is featuring national and state floral emblems in a new stamp issue available now. These floral emblems are striking examples of Australia’s flora and form part of the nation’s identity and floral heritage.

The four domestic base-rate (70c) stamps depict the Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha, Tasmanian Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus, Waratah Telopea speciosissima and the Common Heath Epacris impressa. The three large letter rate ($1.40, $2.10 and $3.50) stamps depict the Cooktown Orchid Dendrobium phalaenopsis, the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos manglesii and Sturt’s Desert Pea Swainsona Formosa respectively.

Image of the stamps in the floral emblems stamp issue

“Australians have a love of flowers and these floral emblems are not only visually stunning, but are symbolic of our nation,” said Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Mr Michael Zsolt.

Australia’s national flower, the Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha is featured on one of the 70 cent stamps. It has been a popular national flower in Australia for more than 100 years and it has been included in Australia’s coat of arms since 1912.

The Golden Wattle was officially proclaimed as the national floral emblem by the Minister for Home Affairs, Robert Ray on 1 September 1988 at a ceremony held at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Australia’s state floral emblems also featured in the new stamp issue are:

  • Tasmanian Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus was proclaimed the floral emblem of Tasmania in 1962.
  • Waratah Telopea speciosissima was proclaimed the floral emblem of New South Wales in 1962.
  • Common Heath Epacris impressa was proclaimed the floral emblem of Victoria in 1958.
  • Cooktown Orchid Dendrobium phalaenopsis was proclaimed the floral emblem of Queensland in 1959.
  • Red and Green Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos manglesii was proclaimed the floral emblem of Western Australia in 1960.
  • Sturt’s Desert Pea Swainsona formosa was proclaimed the floral emblem of South Australia in 1961.

The designer of the stamps is Jo Muré of the Australia Post Design Studio.

The associated products with this stamp issue include a first day cover, stamp pack, a maxicard set, two postcards, a medallion cover, booklets of 10 and 20 x 70c self-adhesive stamps, and rolls of 100 and 200 x 70c self-adhesive stamps.

The Floral Emblems stamp issue, released 24 March 2014, is available now at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at while stocks last.


Australian postal union slams pay-for-delivery idea

Australia’s communications industry trade union has denounced the idea of charging the public to provide daily mail deliveries.

The criticism came after Australia Post conducted an online survey asking their customers if they would be willing to pay a $30 annual fee for daily mail deliveries if the free service switched to three-days-a-week.

Australia Post is currently looking for ways to improve the efficiency of its traditional mail business. Although the company overall made a healthy profit last year thanks to soaring parcel volumes, the letters business lost $220m.

Read more: Australian postal union slams pay-for-delivery idea « Post & Parcel.

Australia Post mailman ‘too lazy’ to deliver almost 10,000 items

An Australia Post mailman “too lazy” to do his job, who was found with almost 10,000 undelivered items in his bedroom, has pleaded guilty to theft charges.

A Melbourne court heard Mark Baguio, 28, became “overawed” with his duties and could not cope with the job he once liked.

Prosecutor Kristie Eales said Baguio had failed to deliver about 9800 pieces of unaddressed, personal or “junk” mail between February, 2009, and February, 2011.

Read more: Australia Post mailman Mark Baguio ‘too lazy’ to deliver almost 10,000 items.

Australian postal service launches world’s first ‘video stamp’

Australia’s postal service has released a world-first "video stamp" which allows people to send a 15-second video with their parcels.

The new service allows senders to scan a coded stamp on their mail bag and record a message on their smartphone via an app, and then stick the stamp to their parcel. Recipients can view the message by scanning the stamp on their smartphone or tablet or by entering a code on the Australia Post website.

Read more: Australian postal service launches world's first 'video stamp' – Telegraph.

Australia Post loses trade mark appeal against Digital Post Australia

The federal court has dismissed Australia Post’s bid to rekindle its trade mark infringement battle with Digital Post Australia (DPA).

Australia Post originally took DPA to the federal court back in April 2012 on the basis that the name of the emerging digital mail service traded off the brand and reputation of Australia Post.

The court ruled in favour of DPA in August 2012, however Australia Post went on to appeal this decision. That appeal has now been overturned.

In its latest ruling, the court found “the primary judge did come to the correct conclusion in finding no deceptive similarity”.

Read more: Australia Post loses trade mark appeal against Digital Post Australia | Business Spectator.

Centrelink plus Australia Post equals one hell of a long queue

There will be riots this summer. They won’t happen because of austerity measures, racism or workers rights. They won’t even be because of football.

They will be because of the post office and Centrelink.

Treasurer Joe Hockey’s announcement that Centrelink and Australia Post’s shopfront services could be combined as part of his cost saving measures will see one of the greatest concentrations of human rage ever. Two of the most loathed bureaucracies in the country could soon be joined in the unholiest of unions.

Read more: Centrelink plus Australia Post equals one hell of a long queue | Paul Farrell | Comment is free |

Online’s postal potential

IN 2012, Australia Post delivered a billion fewer letters than it did in 2011.


At the same time, the service doubled the number of parcels it handled, as it has done every year for the past five years.

Last year, the organisation also did a very un-postal service thing: it began an online store for small volume, locally produced food, Farmhouse Direct.

At first glance, an online farmers market seems an odd diversion for a postal service. On a second glance, it’s all about packages.

Read more: Online’s postal potential – Agriculture – General – News – The Land.

Australia Post ‘does not photograph mail’

Australia Post has confirmed it rarely records personal details on mail packages, and only then at the direction of police.

The statement comes as the US Postal Service made headlines over its Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, which uses computers to photograph the exterior of every single piece of paper mail that is processed in the US.

The total for last year was a staggering 160 billion photographs of pieces of mail. It is not known for how long the US government saves the images.

Read more: Australia Post ‘does not photograph mail’ | The Rural.

Union to check NZ Post job losses not excessive

A union says it wants to make sure NZ Post’s plan to close three mail processing centres, with 500 jobs set to go, is justified by the numbers.The state-owned postal operator is closing its Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin mail centres, along with a number of other smaller centres, and will concentrate its operations in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch within the next two years.

Read more: Union to check job losses not excessive – 26-Jun-2013 – NZ Business news.