AUSTRALIA Post’s failure to guarantee next-day delivery for items into Tasmania ‘‘could
totally destroy the pig industry’’, according to Exton farmer Neil Atkins.
‘‘No excuse is good enough,’’ Mr Atkins said.
The pig farmer relies heavily on Australia Post’s ‘‘vital’’ nextday delivery service for the artificial insemination of his livestock, a process that takes place ‘‘every week of the year’’.
Mr Atkins said he was not content with Australia Post’s decision to reinstate outbound Express Post.
‘‘It’s no good when you have to have stuff come in,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s got to be fixed — it’s as simple as that.’’
Lyons Labor MHR Dick Adams said that he ‘‘supports anything that gets [the Express Post service] back into place’’.
Mr Adams said the current service was not living up to his expectations, with items sent by Express Post taking a week to travel from his office in Canberra to his Tasmanian office at Perth.
‘‘I don’t think Australia Post is living up to its service obligations,’’ Mr Adams said.
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association executive officer Jan Davis said the association and the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry would continue lobbying Australia Post.
‘‘Despite the fact we’re not connected to the rest of Australia, we’re all Australians,’’ she said.