Why is the government demanding that Telstra compete in an open marketplace while it protects the best stores in the Australia Post retail network from open competition?
Why has the government allowed Australia Post to aggressively pursue product lines sold by small business newsagents?
Why has the government demanded that newsagents deregulate (in 1999) yet refused to open the sale of postage stamps to the same retail competition?
Is the government prepared to compete with all small business sectors or will it restrict its enterprises to competing with newsagents?
How does the government feel when its employees visit small business newsagencies, note retail prices for items and return to their PostShop and adjust sales prices?
Does the government have a small business policy which is pro small business?
Why will the government not set a policy of selling off the PostShop retail businesses to local small business people?
Footnote: This is a repeat of what I have posted at my newsagency blog. I have posted them here because they relate to the small business issues I cover here. The two faced approach of the government on small business needs an explanation.
The government operates 863 PostShop retail businesses. These businesses are increasingly competing with newsagents for general stationery, greeting card and related business. The old post office has become a retail chain and it is trading off exclusive postal products to grab sales which would otherwise have gone to small business.