Local Postage rates

Help me understand something. How is it that I can get an item from China with shipping for approximately 1/3 the price of shipping in Oz ?
Is Aust Post standard letter rates for small items any more secure than SpeedPak Economy from China.?
There is no level playing field for local suppliers any more.
Some of you readers might think this helps the consumer but its killing local industry.

Depends how much time you have to spare.
Quite some time ago I ordered an item from China. After about a month I complained bitterly and had a refund 3 weeks before the item eventually arrived. Had done something else by then.

Although our rates are climbing you should check the rates in the UK for an example.
Cheers Bob