Australia Post CEO Cartier watch scandal saga rolls on as new questions are raised bout her allegations she was bullied out of the company
Labor says there are serious questions to answer after Australia Post’s former chief executive levelled a series of allegations against the organisation’s chairman.
Christine Holgate resigned late last year after it was revealed four Australia Post executives were gifted luxury watches for sealing a lucrative deal.
An independent investigation later cleared Ms Holgate of any dishonesty, fraud, corruption or intentional misuse of taxpayer funds.
Christine Holgate (pictured) resigned late last year after it was revealed four Australia Post executives were gifted luxury watches for sealing a lucrative deal
But Ms Holgate claims she was bullied out of the company, unlawfully stood down and abandoned to a media firestorm.
She has attacked Australia Post chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeo in a blistering submission to a Senate inquiry, accusing him of lying to parliament.
Labor communications spokeswoman Michelle Rowland said her allegations were staggering.
‘Ms Holgate has made a very lengthy and comprehensive submission – it’s over 150 pages long,’ she told ABC radio on Wednesday.
‘She is clearly very aggrieved by the actions not only by the chair of the Australia Post board but also the prime minister and the minister for communications.’
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg would not confirm whether the government had sought an explanation from the Australia Post chairman.
‘These is a Senate inquiry at the moment and I’m not going to get in the middle of those differences between the chair and Christine Holgate,’ Mr Frydenberg said.
‘Christine Holgate is a very good person. I respect her, I’ve known her for some time.
‘But subsequent to those initial issues being raised through the Senate estimates process, she did issue a resignation statement and the Australia Post board is now undertaking an executive search for a new CEO, and nearly concluding that search.’
Ms Holgate attacked Australia Post chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeo (pictured) in a blistering submission to a Senate inquiry, accusing him of lying to parliament