Christine Holgate says the Scott Morrison « bullied and humiliated » her and made her position as CEO of Australia Post untenable.
Ms. Holgate said she “did nothing wrong” appearing ahead of a Senate investigation into her controversial departure on Tuesday claiming the saga surrounding her departure had seriously harmed her health.
She resigned as Australia Post’s chief executive officer in October after giving senior executives expensive Cartier watches. However, it has since been exempted from misleading or abusive taxpayer dollars.
« I don’t want what happened to me to happen to anyone in the workplace again. I always wanted the best for Australia Post and its employees, » she said.
« I was passionate about helping the organization grow and the Australian communities to flourish.
« Still, I lost my job, a job I loved because I was humiliated by our Prime Minister for not committing a crime and then bullied by my chairman. »
Ms. Holgate accused Australia Post chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeo of « producing lies » when she left and insisted that she never agreed to resign.
« The simple truth is that I was bullied from my job. I was humiliated and driven to despair, » she said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared the clocks « shameful » in October and said Ms. Holgate had been instructed to step aside.
She said she did not know why the Prime Minister made this intervention but said it made her position untenable
« I was thrown under the Australia Post chairman’s bus to gain favor with his political masters.
Mr Morrison has refused to remove Liberal MP Andrew Laming from the coalition’s chamber despite charges of bullying and harassing women.
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Ms. Holgate beat up the Prime Minister for treating her differently from male members of his government who are accused of misconduct towards women.
« He has people … MPs who have been charged with the most terrible atrocities against women, proven with one of them, who are allowed to stand and stay in their work and represent our country, » she said.
The former company director said she had been subjected to a « biased » investigation and intimidated with threats of further allegations.
Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie described her departure as a « tragedy » and agreed that the former CEO did an « amazing job » for her regional constituents.
« Not only did it ensure the financial sustainability (of thousands of businesses), it also delivered $ 70 million to taxpayers, which the Australia Post really turned around, » she told ABC Radio on Tuesday.
However, Ms. McKenzie was reluctant to criticize Prime Minister Scott Morrison for calling the gifts « shameful » in October and telling Parliament that Ms. Holgate had been instructed to stand aside.
Ms. McKenzie, who is a member of the committee, said these « types of questions » would be investigated during the process.
« I think it is important that we allow Ms. Holgate to get her side of the story public so that everyone can use the facts, » Ms. McKenzie replied.
The Nationals Senator insisted that Ms. Holgate’s removal was a decision by the Australian Post.
« (But) it would be a brave board that just did nothing if the prime minister said, ‘If she doesn’t step aside, she can go, » Kelly said.
« Your filing raises some important questions about the whole process and that is the good thing about a public hearing today, » replied Ms. McKenzie.
Mr Holgate, in a response to the investigation, alleged that it had been illegally resigned by the chairman of the Australian Post Office, Lucio Di Bartolomeo.
« He kept making statements that I agreed to resign when I hadn’t done such a thing, » she wrote.
« I feel bullied and humiliated from my chair, forced to withdraw from a role I loved, and by evidence I have succeeded. »
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