/ 15 April 2021

Regrets, but no apology for Holgate

He stopped short of saying sorry, but PM Scott Morrison yesterday said he regretted “any distress” his “strong language” caused Australia Post’s former boss Christine Holgate. During a Senate inquiry earlier this week, Holgate accused Morrison of bullying her out of her job and said she was “suicidal” after he slammed her $20,000 purchase of Cartier watches for 4 senior employees as a reward in 2018. The PM also denied Holgate’s claim that her gender played a role in what went down. “This was about taxpayer organisations handing out Cartier watches to well-paid executives” – something he still thinks is wrong, he said. Labor leader Anthony Albanese, who also criticised Holgate at the time, said the government went about handling the matter all wrong.

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