Ballarat Federal Labor MP Catherine King has slammed Federal Government plans to halve the frequency of postie deliveries.

“This could leave the jobs of up to one in four posties in limbo and blow out regional delivery times,” she said.

“In the (information) released by the Morrison Government it states that delivery timeframes in regional cities could more than double from three business days to seven.

“People in towns across our region – from Daylesford to Clunes, Ballan, Bacchus Marsh and everywhere in between – already know the frustrations of waiting endlessly for letter to arrive.

“This will only make this worse”.

Ms King said the Federal Government was pushing for the changes to stay in place until July 2021.

“By then, these changes would likely be irreversible,” she said.

 “Posties have provided a vital service throughout the crisis and to ram through these changes under the cover of COVID19 is disrespectful to them – and detrimental to communities.”

She said the pandemic had encouraged online shopping and parcel deliveries – and should be an opportunity to hire more postal staff.