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Australia Post boss Christine Holgate will be receiving $110,000 a month as she is suspended over a $12,000 Cartier watch scandal. Ms Holgate, who raised eyebrows last year when her husband bought her a Range Rover with 'POSTY1' number plates, was questioned by senators for four excruciating hours. Union leaders slammed Australia Post's leadership over the watches. Was it a Cartier Tank? Australia Post says it is preparing for a “Christmas like no other”. Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate (pictured) has stood aside after luxury watches worth $12,000 were given to executives. We are a commercial organisation. “I didn’t actually purchase them. “They were a small number of senior people who had put in an inordinate amount of work and they did receive an award,” Ms Holgate said. Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. File image of an Australia Post worker. Mr Morrison said the gifts were 'disgraceful' and 'appalling'. 'We are the shareholders of Australia Post on behalf of the Australian people,' he said. Australia Post is a commercial business that does not get taxpayer funding - but its only shareholder is the Australian government which means its finances are scrutinised by members of Parliament. Where are their Cartier watches,' one social media user wrote. Ms Holgate on Thursday defended the purchase of four Cartier watches in October 2018 saying, “I have not used taxpayers’ money, we are commercial.”. 'Don't forget about the behind the scenes and customer support workers,' Australia Post's official account responded - signing off as 'Liam'. Let's go.' Senator Kitching grilled Mr Boys, who couldn't say how the watches were paid for. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook. ', Senator Kitching replied: 'Four people got Cartier. Confused? Australia Post boss Christine Holgate has been ordered to stand down after spending $12k on Cartier watches for staff who had ‘worked hard’. The cash splash was revealed during a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday. Christine Holgate has now spent a total of 5 years of happy married life with her husband, Michael Harding with whom she had tied the knot back in the year 2015. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. 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 chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeohas confirmed her suspension, which will see chief financial officer Rodney Boys become acting CEO. Ms Holgate did not receive a watch but a Cartier item went to senior executive Gary Starr, who also appeared before the committee and earned $809,648 during the past financial year. “I was appalled and it is disgraceful and not on,” Mr Morrison said.

Not with a watch or a bonus I can tell you that,' she said. Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate defended the purchase of four Cartier watches at a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday. The comment came in response to a tweet saying front line employees had worked just as hard as the company's executives. Christine Holgate's new Range Rover Source:Supplied For the high-flying former CEO of the year, who raked in $2.5 million from the government-owned business in 2019, the financial freedom to buy a nice car and an expensive watch is just another perk of the job. Senator Kitching: OK so just to be clear, the four people who received Cartier watches were Mr Starr. Pictured: An Australia Post store in Sydney. Senator Kitching: Do you, Ms Holgate, consider it appropriate to use taxpayers' money to buy Cartier watches for already highly-remunerated Australia Post executives? Letters including Christmas cards are expected to be delivered within five business days for intrastate mail. 'She's been instructed to stand aside and if she doesn't do that, she can go,' he told parliament on Thursday. The Communications Department will hold an independent investigation into the matter and conduct of board members, their governance, and the actions of the management and executives involved. Australia Post will pay suspended chief executive Christine Holgate almost $110,000 as Scott Morrison’s Federal Government conducts a month-long investigation into her lavish gift of Cartier watches worth $12,000 to key senior managers. We are a commercial organisation,' she told a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday. Senator Kitching: Four people got Cartier. 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. Before the … They were organised through my office,' Ms Holgate responded. 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. While it isn't directly funded by the taxpayers, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher and outgoing Finance Minister Mathias Cormann represent the government as its only shareholder, under the Australian Postal Corporation Act 1989. 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. Australia Post plans to open 47 extra delivery sites and 30 more post offices. You're NOT the only one! A federal government source described Ms Holgate's defence to Nine newspapers as 'an 11-word suicide note'. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Australia Post boss Christine Holgate will be receiving $110,000 a month as she is suspended over a $12,000 Cartier watch scandal. “We will be employing more than 5000 additional employees to deliver customers parcels, helping contact centres and in-office.
“We could not meet those timetables and it’d be misleading for us to say we could.”, Originally published as Oz Post boss stood down over scandal. 'Front line postal workers put in an inordinate amount of work, too.

We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 'I don't recall. “Australia Post is a cherished national institution and it must set a high standard,” she said.
Ms Holgate confirmed four of her highly-paid executives were handed Cartier watches during a cross-examination with Victorian Labor senator Kimberley Kitching. 'I was as shocked and concerned as everybody else to discover this,' he told parliament. Ms Holgate said the watches were given as a reward to four executives who worked hard over a deal with Australia's big banks. Before the revelation about the lavish gifts of $3,000 for four senior executives, she was already Australia's highest-paid government employee. 'This is a matter which the Australian government take seriously.'. 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. Mr Starr was not wearing the watch and denied he had given it away as a gift. 'They were a small number of senior people who'd put an inordinate amount of work in,' she said. “Today’s evidence that $12,000 was used on luxury watches does not meet that test.”. she said. Australia Post is a government-owned business. Australia Post has also been grilled at a Senate Estimates committee for their service delivery during coronavirus. 'They did receive an award on behalf of the chair, myself and the board.'. 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. 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. By posting your comment you agree to our house rules. Ms Holgate: I don't recall. Ms Holgate: I have not used taxpayers' money. 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 […] Australia Post boss Christine Holgate has been ordered to stand down after spending $12k on Cartier watches for staff who had ‘worked hard’. But Australia Post does want people to send their Christmas cards early this year. CPSU deputy national president Brooke Muscat said members had taken a pay freeze while working harder during the pandemic. “They were a Cartier watch of about a value of $3000 each. '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. “I have also asked the chair to inform the chief executive and she will be asked to stand aside during the course of this investigation.”.

Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. 'It's outrageous that Australia Post's CEO and board gifted $3000 watches to four senior, highly paid employees,' he said. Anna Wintour cuts a glum figure as she steps out in public after 'splitting from investor partner Shelby... Borat appears in video 'defending' honey trap scene involving Rudy Giuliani as 'innocent sexy time encounter... 'I think we have enough of an interview here. Do you remember the brand, the type? In a bizarre coincidence, the postal utility's first female leader wore a stylish watch of her own as she was grilled over the scandal at Senate estimates on Thursday - a gold Bulgari timepiece that retails for $48,000.

Ms Holgate also said it would be introducing more options for people and customers to collect their parcels and improve customer notifications. Senator Kitching: It is a government organisation. They were organised through my office on behalf of the Chair and I.

I didn't actually purchase them. Purchase a copy of The Sunday Times at a participating IGA for your chance to WIN $20K, © West Australian Newspapers Limited 2020.

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