A disputed report on the disappearance of Christine Holgate’s reign to the Australia Post called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to apologize and the chairman of the board to step down for his treatment in the Cartier watch saga.

In a major reversal of her position, Ms Holgate is now asking Australia Post for a payment of $ 700,000 and her legal fees paid, although she insisted last year that she did not want any financial compensation when she resigned from his position as CEO of the company.

As Ms Holgate revised her demands, a Senate committee dominated by Greens and Labor senators presented a damning report on the circumstances surrounding Ms Holgate’s departure following her decision to reward employees with $ 20,000 in Cartier watches in 2018.

Former Australia Post Managing Director Christine Holgate.Credit:James brickwood

He recommended the Auditor General investigate Communications Minister Paul Fletcher over his request to the Australia Post board to sideline Ms Holgate on October 22 as an investigation unfolded on purchasing watches.

But in a dissenting report, Coalition senators said the Auditor General did not have the power to investigate ministers and said the Senate investigation had become a “highly politicized exercise” that had “had an impact on many recommendations of the majority report ”.

The majority report, led by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young, made 25 recommendations in total. Of these, the Australia Post Board of Directors, the Prime Minister, Finance Minister Simon Birmingham and Communications Minister owed Ms Holgate an apology “for denying her legal principles of procedural fairness and of natural justice upon his departure from Australia Post ”.

In addition to calling for the resignation of President Lucio Di Bartolomeo, the report called for an overhaul of the Australia Post board, with a new board based on appointments from Parliament, unions, employees and incumbents permit.

He felt that Mr. Di Bartolomeo should resign “by accepting his responsibility for the failings of the organization in relation to the Holgate affair, the veracity of his evidence provided to the committee, his ability to defend the independence of Australia Post and the lack of strong and effective policies. and the financial oversight processes in place throughout his tenure ”.

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson, who emerged as a key supporter of Ms Holgate during the inquiry, also supported Mr Di Bartolomeo’s impeachment and the report’s recommendation for an apology from the Prime Minister.


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