Senior ministers slam Australia Post boss

24 Octobre, 2020, 11:10 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • The organisation is under fire for rewarding executives with expensive gifts. Source Getty

Do you, Ms Holgate, consider it appropriate to use tax payers money to buy Cartier watches for already highly remunerated Australia Post executives?

Senators spent nearly four hours questioning Ms Holgate and her senior colleagues during a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday.

Senior ministers have chastised Christine Holgate after the Australia Post chief spent $12,000 on Cartier watches for senior staff.

The Estimates hearing was advised the watches went to a group who dealt with a multi-million-dollar bargain that implied clients of Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and NAB could do their banking at mailing stations.

Australia Post has as of late decreased letter conveyance administrations to consistently day in an offer to satisfy the expanded need of conveying packages, which presently make up 61 percent of its business in view of the expansion in internet shopping.

"The Government expects all government entities, including Government Business Enterprises, to act ethically and adhere to high standards regarding the expenditure of money, as the public also rightly expects", they said in a joint statement.

The debacle has sparked uproar online - with one staff member facetiously asking for his own gift of designer jewellery as a reward for hard work.

The tweet which made reference to other staff having "light" wrists, appears to have been posted just after 1pm on Thursday before it was taken down.

"Front line postal workers put in an inordinate amount of work, too".

"The Board noted media commentary regarding the then Board's involvement in the purchase of Cartier watches".

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Mr Barnes said Australia Post's three-wheelers had speed limiters that drivers should be engaging, while scanners provided information about parcel volumes. "My wrist is light - Liam", it read.

When asked how and on what card they were bought, neither Ms Holgate or the organization's CFO could state, yet they dismissed a proposal they were paid for with citizen reserves.

During question time on Thursday afternoon, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said he was "shocked and concerned" by the revelations and called for an investigation into the matter while asking Holgate to stand aside during the course of the investigation.

But today Australia Post chair Lucio Di Bartolomeo issued a statement saying the watches cost $7,000, $4,750, $4,400 and $3,800, for a total of $19,950.

But today Mr Di Bartolomeo said the board, which he heads, was not involved.

"We are committed to delivering to our key partners - our people, our post office partners, our customers and the community", he said.

The ritzy reward was exposed by Labor senator Kimberley Kitching but defended by Ms Holgate, who was wearing a Bulgari watch believed to be worth more than $40,000 as she argued the government-owned business was a "commercial organisation".

Mr Barnes said there were serious discrepancies in the data and his experience of posties' work.

Australia Post employees have poked fun at their colleagues on Twitter after the social media platform erupted over revelations senior staff in the organisation were gifted $3000 Cartier watches by its CEO.



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