Tag: Christine Holgate

Greens will ask Senate to reopen Cartier watch inquiry

Greens will ask Senate to reopen Cartier watch inquiry

The Greens will ask for the inquiry into the Cartier watches controversy to reconvene following revelations of Scott Morrison’s secret appointment to the finance portfolio.

Then Australia Post boss Christine Holgate was stood down in October 2020 after she gifted expensive watches – valued at $20,000 – to four executives as a reward for their performance.

Mr Morrison, the prime minister, declared in parliament “she can go” if she didn’t choose to stand aside voluntarily.

In 2021, a Senate inquiry heard evidence from the finance department not knowing Mr Morrison also held that portfolio in secret.

Greens will ask Senate to reopen Cartier watch inquiry

Grants approved by Scott Morrison under review

She openly signed off on $22k of bonus gifts to her exec staff for work and goals achieved well before time. Morrison di the same for his political benefit and dodi it in secret while publicly blaming and shaming Holgate who in the end was found innocent.

Of the manufacturing projects, more than half were in electorates held by the Coalition while just three were in safe Labor seats.

Grants approved by Scott Morrison under review

Australia Post boss Lucio Di Bartolomeo defends $170,000 bonuses for highly paid staff

The five employees who received retention bonuses in 2020-21 were all male, with one working in the executive team while the other four were senior managers.

Morrison’s silence is thunderous in its absence and his hypocrisy blinding. But then he gets a woman to protect him,yet he doesn’t do the same for women. He’s “focused”. He was when he said Christina Holgate needed to be sacked for $20,000 bonuses.But he’s allowed the men at Australia Post to simply give him the finger

This marks a stark contrast with the $20,000 spent by former chief executive Christine Holgate on Cartier watches for four senior employees in 2018. Ms Holgate resigned in November 2020 as a result of the watch controversy, which was fuelled by Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemning her actions on the floor of the Parliament.

Australia Post has defended rewarding highly paid staff with bonuses averaging almost $170,000 last financial year, with five senior employees receiving additional sums to keep them from being poached by a competitor.

A Senate estimates committee on Tuesday heard one senior Australia Post staff member would receive a $500,000 “retention bonus”, to be paid over three years, on top of his salary and annual performance bonus.

Source: Australia Post boss Lucio Di Bartolomeo defends $170,000 bonuses for highly paid staff