/ 07 April 2021

Holgate has her say

Former Australia Post boss Christine Holgate claims she was “unlawfully” dismissed from her high profile job and abandoned by the board of the government enterprise to a “media firestorm”. She ‘resigned’ from her role in November last year after telling a Senate committee that senior managers had been rewarded with Cartier watches for inking a deal with the banks. We say ‘resigned’ because Holgate says in a long submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the affair that Australia Post’s chair Lucio Di Bartolomeo “has made statements that I had agreed to stand down when I had done no such thing”. She adds that she believes she was forced out “for no justified reason.” When the $12,000 Cartier calamity was revealed, PM Morrison told parliament that he was “appalled” by the purchases. Australia Post hasn’t responded to Holgate’s claims but has put its own submission to the inquiry that will report at the end of the month.

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