Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate (pictured) was ordered to step down
Australia Post’s chief executive has declined to say how her office has raised a $ 375,000 credit card bill since she was appointed to the position three years ago.
Christine Holgate resigned her position last week pending a thorough investigation into her expenses.
On Tuesday, her office said it could not provide the investigation with the details of two separate corporate credit cards because the documents were filed in the Melbourne headquarters.
The office was closed when the city was pushed into a second lockdown in July.
“Melbourne office workers have been working remotely and access to some data has been limited,” said Australia Post.
The two credit cards of most concern were linked to Mrs. Holgate’s office.
The first made a bill of $ 88,100 in the three years since she was hired for the role, but it’s the second card that has raised the alarm for Labor.
The relatively new card was used for $ 287,000 in expenses in the past fiscal year alone.
Spending included accommodation, domestic and international flights, conferences, events, events, charity donations, catering, car rentals, taxis, gifts, flowers and meals.
Australia Post CEO (pictured) has declined to reveal how her office raised a $ 375,000 credit card bill since she was appointed to the position three years ago
The group’s executive director, Angela Cramp, told Daily Mail Australia that the group plans to take action on Wednesday by closing their post offices across the country
Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching questioned Australia Post’s apology for not handing over the itemized expense list.
“They should provide the Senate with the credit card statements I had already requested, but I was told they could not issue those statements because employees were working from home,” she said. news.com.au.
The investigation previously revealed that Ms. Holgate was housed at the five-star Grand Hyatt Hotel between October 2017 and July 2018 when she visited the company’s Melbourne headquarters.
Ms. Holgate, who owns harbor-side property in Mosman, Sydney and a $ 5 million vacation home in Pearl Beach on the Central Coast of the NSW, reportedly had a ‘best room rate’ at the hotel, The Australian reported.
Obviously, she was often upgraded to an executive suite when she stayed at the Grand Hyatt as she was a regular guest.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the watches given as gifts were unacceptable and ordered Ms. Holgate to resign
Prices at the Grand Hyatt start at $ 289 per night for a standard room, but can go up to $ 2,149 per night in the diplomatic suite.
Australia Post was authorized by the Remuneration Tribunal to spend up to $ 34,500 on Ms. Holgate’s accommodation for up to six months.
Ms. Holgate’s future at Australia Post is already at stake after Prime Minister Scott Morrison told parliament ‘she can go’ if she doesn’t step aside while watch spending is under investigation.
A senior government source told the publication that Mr. Morrison has had enough.
“He was nasty about the waste and the lack of understanding that this was taxpayers’ money – that infuriated him the most,” he said.
Ms. Holgate’s future is questionable after it was revealed that she spent $ 20,000 of the public company’s money on Cartier watches to give to staff members as a bonus
Ms. Holgate, who has a home in one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs, stayed at the five-star Grand Hyatt Hotel (pictured) between October 2017 and July 2018 when she visited the company’s Melbourne headquarters.
“It’s 100 percent taxpayer-owned, so your profit is taxpayer profit, but this culture of excess remains. It is a culture that must be eradicated. ‘
Ms. Holgate was dismissed last week pending a month-long investigation into donating $ 20,000 worth of luxury Cartier watches to senior executives.
The watches were given to executives as a reward for signing multi-million dollar contracts with three of the “big four” banks to let their customers do their banking at post offices.
While Ms. Holgate insisted that this was not a waste of tax money because Australia Post generates its own revenue, the postal business is wholly owned by the federal government.
Australia Post’s boss got grilled about Cartier watches this week
Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching grills Ms. Holgate during a cross-examination after revealing that top executives were getting ‘rewarded’ watches.
Senator Kitching: And what was that distinction?
Mrs. Holgate: They have watches.
Senator Kitching: And what were the watches?
Mrs. Holgate: They were a Cartier watch worth $ 3,000 each.
Senator Kitching: Four people have Cartier. Do you remember the brand, the type? Was it a Cartier tank? What was it?
Mrs. Holgate: I can not remember. I didn’t really buy them. They were organized through my agency on behalf of the Chairman and I.
Senator Kitching: Okay, just to be clear, the four people who received Cartier watches were Mr. Starr. Did you receive one, Mrs. Holgate?
Mrs. Holgate: No, I did not.
Senator Kitching: Do you think it appropriate, Ms Holgate, to use taxpayers’ money to buy Cartier watches for Australia Post’s already well-paid executives?
Mrs. Holgate: I have not used tax money. We are a commercial organization. We do not receive government funding. We are a commercial organization.
Senator Kitching: It is a government organization.
Mrs. Holgate: It was a recommendation from our chairman to reward these people.
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