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Treaties Committee recommends ratification of Acts of the Universal Postal Union

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The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has tabled a report recommending the ratification of the following treaty actions:

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) aims to promote accessible and efficient universal postal services of value that ensure communication around the world. Participation in the UPU enables Australia to promote and safeguard its interests in the UPU and continue to work to improve the international postal system for the benefit of Australian consumers, businesses, and designated postal operator, Australia Post.

These treaty actions aim to create a more efficient UPU by addressing internal governance arrangements and representation issues. Changes to internal arrangements include clarity around decision-making and the responsibility of adopting procedures, while establishing a system for the electronic submission of procedural documents. Representation changes will be made by introducing gender equality principles and addressing membership inequalities for Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries, such as Australia’s Pacific Island neighbours.

Committee Chair Mr Josh Wilson MP said: “The exchange of international mail between member states is important for commerce and development. These changes create a more efficient and less ambiguous UPU, which aligns with Australia’s trade, national security, biosecurity, and border protection interests.”

Mr Wilson continued: “The establishment of permanent Pacific Island seats on the UPU Councils highlights the importance of supporting and promoting Pacific Island interests and aligns with Australia’s engagement with the region.”

The Committee supports ratification and recommends that binding treaty action be taken.

The report can be found on the Committee website, along with further information on the inquiry.

Media inquiries

Mr Tim Watkin, Chief of Staff, Office of Josh Wilson MP
0434 555 823

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 4002
jsct@aph.gov.au

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track this Committee’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

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