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Friday, August 25, 2000
Ticket delivery delayed in Australia

 SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Plans by Australia Post to deliver late-ordered Olympic tickets to Australians on the weekend were dropped Friday after a mixup with the Sydney Games organizers.

 While an industrial dispute between Australia Post and postal workers had threatened the Sunday delivery, in the end it was the failure of the tickets to arrive in time from the Sydney organizing committee which caused the delivery date for late-ordered tickets to be shifted to next week.

 However, TNT couriers will go ahead with the official delivery of 33,000 standard Olympic tickets on the weekend.

 The postal workers union had been in dispute with Australia Post over the plans to deliver the late-ordered tickets -- those bought after June 15.

 The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) had said staff would refuse to deliver the tickets to homes in Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle on Sunday, because they were not getting an Olympics bonus.

 That argument became irrelevant on Friday when Australia Post said it had not received the tickets from the organizing committee so it could not make the delivery.

 Australia Post spokesman Rod Preston said the late-ordered tickets would now go out by express mail next week.

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