Welcome to the Stamp Bulletin and to our range of stamp issues and collectables to be released over May–June. This edition also provides details of the Sydney Stamp and Coin Expo and a range of products to be available at the event.

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Two stamp issues soon to be released present very different fauna subjects. In the first week of May we present an issue focusing on Australia’s flightless birds – the Little Penguin, Emu and Southern Cassowary. In mid-May, an issue of four stamps represents the main native bee families found in Australia. There are more than 1,500 species of native bees in the country, important for their role in the pollination of native flora. Two medallion covers, together representing the four bee families, are being released with this stamp issue.

Australia is a sport-loving nation, and two new stamp issues take sport as their subject. The Cocos (Keeling) Islands stamp issue, released late May, focuses on four of the water sports enjoyed in this tropical island environment – windsurfing, surfing, kitesurfing and snorkelling. While Australians participate in many sporting activities, they are also great consumers of spectator sports. In early June we release an issue that represents some of Australia’s chief sports stadiums, venues that enjoy both domestic and international acclaim. The Sports Stadiums stamps feature AAMI Park, Optus Stadium, Sydney Cricket Ground and Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Also in June we recognise the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the principle of equal pay for equal work in Australia. The landmark decision followed decades of fighting for the recognition by Australian women workers and a single stamp design represents the struggle.

As well as the Sydney Stamp and Coin Expo, Australia Post will also be attending an international stamp show in Wuhan, China. We look forward to catching up with those collectors attending.

Michael Zsolt

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