Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate defended the purchase of four Cartier watches at a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday. 'She's been instructed to stand aside and if she doesn't do that, she can go,' he told parliament on Thursday. Australia Post is an independently-run government business enterprise that like a private sector company aims to make a profit. Australia Post chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeohas confirmed her suspension, which will see chief financial officer Rodney Boys become acting CEO. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said if Ms Holgate refuses to stand down “she can go”. ', Senator Kitching replied: 'Four people got Cartier. Union leaders slammed Australia Post's leadership over the watches. The cash splash was revealed during a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday. “Today’s evidence that $12,000 was used on luxury watches does not meet that test.”. Where are their Cartier watches,' one social media user wrote. Posties' union national secretary Greg Rayner wants the entire board to be stood aside. In 2008 she was made CEO of health supplements company Blackmores before landing the top job at Australia Post in 2017. Was it a Cartier Tank? Ms Holgate: It was a recommendation from our Chair that these people get rewarded. “(If) there are issues to be addressed with board members, then they will be addressed then,” the PM said. Australia Post boss Christine Holgate will be receiving $110,000 a month as she is suspended over a $12,000 Cartier watch scandal. Confused? 'This is a matter which the Australian government take seriously.'.
Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. By Stephen Johnson and Charlie Coe and Charlie Moore, Political Reporter For Daily Mail Australia, Published: 00:49 BST, 23 October 2020 | Updated: 02:53 BST, 23 October 2020, Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate appears before a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Thursday - wearing a gold Bulgari watch that retails for $48,000. Australia Post says it is preparing for a “Christmas like no other”. Interstate letters aim to be delivered in up to five business days between metro areas of capital cities, up to six business days between metro areas of capital cities and country locations, and up to seven business days between country locations. Senator Kitching: And what was that award? Australia Post boss Christine Holgate has been ordered to stand down after spending $12k on Cartier watches for staff who had ‘worked hard’. Do you remember the brand, the type? They were organised through my office on behalf of the chair and I.”. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Pictured: An Australia Post store in Sydney. “Australia Post is a cherished national institution and it must set a high standard,” she said. “I didn’t actually purchase them. Mr Boys said Australia Post took great care over $7.4billion worth of expenses. 'They did receive an award on behalf of the chair, myself and the board.'. Australia Post boss Christine Holgate has been ordered to stand down after spending $12k on Cartier watches for staff who had ‘worked hard’. Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate (pictured) has stood aside after luxury watches worth $12,000 were given to executives. What was it? As she was born in the year 1963, she is around 57 years old currently. Ms Holgate said the watches were given as a reward to four executives who worked hard over a deal with Australia's big banks. she said. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. 'Whether it's watches in 2018 or big fat bonuses in the middle of a pandemic, the Australia Post board and its management are out of touch.'. 'But it's not surprising given the other shocking decisions coming out of Australia Post's leadership this year.'.
But Australia Post does want people to send their Christmas cards early this year. They were organised through my office,' Ms Holgate responded. “We will be employing more than 5000 additional employees to deliver customers parcels, helping contact centres and in-office. “They were a Cartier watch of about a value of $3000 each.
'How are they rewarded? CPSU deputy national president Brooke Muscat said members had taken a pay freeze while working harder during the pandemic. A member of Australia Post's social media team cheekily suggested in a since-deleted comment on the company's official Twitter account he was unhappy he hadn't been rewarded for his hard work. As public anger over the revelations mounted online, a member of Australia Post's social media team suggested in a since-deleted comment on the company's Twitter account he was unhappy he hadn't been rewarded for his hard work. Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching grills Ms Holgate in cross-examination after revealing top executives were 'awarded' watches. 'The Australia Post Board and management team will fully cooperate with the recently announced investigation to be conducted by shareholder departments,' he said. 'I don't recall. We are a commercial organisation,' she told a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook. Australia Post boss will be suspended on $110,000 a month while she’s investigated for her lavish $12,000 Cartier watches Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate has stepped aside during investigation Her office gifted Cartier watches worth $3,000 each to four senior executives Ms Holgate said the gifts were recommended by the chair of company’s board Australia […] The drag artist who was handed £215k by the coronavirus culture fund: Arts Council England gives huge grant... Just 13% of people in England feel they 'fully understand' the current Covid-19 lockdown rules, study shows. I didn't actually purchase them. Before the revelation about the lavish gifts of $3,000 for four senior executives, she was already Australia's highest-paid government employee. The cash splash was revealed during a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday. Letters including Christmas cards are expected to be delivered within five business days for intrastate mail. Vogue editor grows close to Bill Nighy amid split from her 'husband'... Guinness launches alcohol-free version after four-year bid to replicate its distinctive flavour. 'We are the shareholders of Australia Post on behalf of the Australian people,' he said. Do you remember the brand, the type? Senator Kitching: Do you, Ms Holgate, consider it appropriate to use taxpayers' money to buy Cartier watches for already highly-remunerated Australia Post executives? Ms Holgate: I have not used taxpayers' money. Her future is in doubt after she gave her senior colleagues $3,000 Cartier watches in October 2018 as a reward for securing a $66million deal with three of the big four banks - Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac. Chief financial officer Rodney Boys was unable to tell the committee what corporate credit card the watches, which were bought from a Melbourne store in October 2018, were bought on. “We are the shareholders of Australia Post on behalf of the Australian people.”. Senator Kitching grilled Mr Boys, who couldn't say how the watches were paid for. After 9/11 hero Rudy Giuliani is... Borat's Bulgarian honey-trap girl: Sacha Baron Cohen character's '15-year-old daughter' in Rudy Giuliani... An unholy gay row that could tear the Catholic Church apart: To the horror of bigoted African bishops and... Banksy's 'Gorilla in a Pink Mask' is put up for auction a day after his Monet pastiche sold for £7MILLION. 'It's outrageous that Australia Post's CEO and board gifted $3000 watches to four senior, highly paid employees,' he said. Senator Kitching: And what were the watches? Ms Holgate, the UK-born former boss of complementary medicines company Blackmores, stressed no taxpayer funds were used because Australia Post is run like a private company. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? File image of an Australia Post worker. Senator Kitching: It is a government organisation. And it took a fraction of that time for Mr Morrison to order her to stand down pending an investigation.
'They got watches,' Ms Holgate said as she was questioned by Senator Kitching. Ms Holgate was born in Cheshire, England and moved to Australia to work for Telstra in 2003. What was it?'. Ms Holgate: They were a Cartier watch of about a value of $3,000 each. During her suspension, on $110,000 a month or $27,000 a week, she will still be receiving the equivalent of $1.3million a year.
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