/ 27 May 2021

A report that might get lost in the Government’s mail

The Labor-Greens dominated Senate committee looking into former Australia Post boss Christine Holgate’s departure from the government enterprise yesterday handed down a damning report. They’ve made 25 recommendations, including an apology from PM Scott Morrison to Holgate and an Auditor-General’s investigation into the role Communications Minister Paul Fletcher played in her departure over the purchase of $20,000 of Cartier watches as rewards for senior execs. They also say chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeo should go, and the board should be overhauled. And blow us over with a feather if the Coalition committee members’ dissenting report didn’t put a rosier spin on things… For her part, Holgate would like an apology and is now seeking a $700,000 payout and her legal fees covered despite previously saying she did not want “any financial compensation”.

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