Scott Morrison urged by Senate inquiry to apologize to Christine Holgate
A disputed report into the disappearance of Christine Holgate’s reign to Australia Post called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to apologize and the chairman of the council to resign over his treatment in the Cartier watch saga.
In a major reversal of her position, Ms Holgate is now seeking payment of $700,000 from Australia Post and her legal fees paid, despite insisting last year that she wanted no financial compensation when she resigned as the company’s chief executive.
As Ms Holgate reviewed her claims, a Senate committee dominated by Green and Labor senators issued a damning report into the circumstances surrounding Ms Holgate’s exit from her decision to reward employees with $20,000 in Cartier watches in 2018.
He recommended the Auditor General investigate Communications Minister Paul Fletcher over his request to the Australia Post board to remove Ms Holgate on October 22 while an investigation was underway into the purchase Watches.
But in a dissenting report, the Coalition senators said the auditor general had no authority to investigate ministers and claimed the Senate inquiry 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. These included that the Australia Post board, the Prime Minister, Finance Minister Simon Birmingham and the Communications Minister owed Mrs Holgate an apology ‘for denying her legal principles of fairness process and natural justice upon his departure from Australia Post”.
As well as calling for the resignation of chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeo, the report called for an overhaul of Australia Post’s board, with a new board based on nominations from Parliament, unions, employees and officeholders. Licence.
It concluded that Mr Di Bartolomeo should resign ‘accepting his responsibility for the failings of the organization in relation to the Holgate case, the veracity of his evidence provided to the committee, his ability to defend Australia’s independence Post and the lack of strong and effective policies and financial control processes in place throughout his tenure”.
One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson, who emerged as a key Ms Holgate supporter during the inquiry, also backed Mr Di Bartolomeo’s removal and recommendation of the Prime Minister’s apology report.