Australians may have to pay $30 a year for daily mail delivery or face a less frequent service. Recently, Australia Post chairman John Stanhope said a user-pays postal system was a viable option after the company's letter operations suffered a $218 million loss last year with letter volumes falling by more than 25% from 2008. Under a user-pays model, residents would pay a yearly fee in addition to the stamp price, which increased from 60¢ to 70¢ in March. Alternatively, they could opt not to pay the fee and switch to a cheaper three day a week mail delivery system. Fears that mail volumes could completely disappear within the next decade would put the iconic role of the ‘postie’ in jeopardy.
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