Holgate’s Gender Defence Pathetic and Insulting to Women

Christine Holgate is an opportunist if ever there was one. She is playing the “Canberra Bubble” game to boost her seemingly upcoming unlawful “termination” (aka resignation) lawsuit off the back of the Brittany Higgins scandal. She is hoping to shakedown a feeble PM to apologise and settle.

Yet, judging by her own words and actions she was not up to the job of CEO of Australia Post. She was blind sided on Cartier watches by a Labor backbencher Kimberley Kitching in Senate Estimates and was incapable of defending her position afterwards. How that constitutes sexism I don’t know. How it became the Prime Minister’s sexist problem is even more baffling other than to say that empty vessels that shoot from the hip tend to be accident prone.

Holgate apparently felt humiliated to the point of suicide because she was asked to justify why taxpayers should foot the bill for Cartier watches gifted to employees for simply doing their job and who presumably could afford to buy their own watches given their bloated salaries of between $500,000 and $700,000 per year.

I would have thought that fronting tough questions in Senate Estimates was a core requirement of a CEO of Australia Post. That she preformed so poorly and allowed the contentious gift giving issue to escalate out of control says to me she was not up to the job.

That a bit of robust criticism caused her humiliation to the point of suicide says she is mentally fragile and also not up to the job. That she equates tough questioning holding her managerial decisions to account as bullying and sexist demonstrates she was always unfit to be CEO.

You don’t get paid $2.6m per year to be a fragile seat warmer. You can only justify that kind of salary because of the responsibility and accountability the role demands, including making the tough decisions, owning those decisions and fronting up to the critics. Christine Holgate failed on every level in the Cartier watch scandal and now blames the Australia Post Chairman and the Prime Minister for her own inadequacies.

Let’s be honest if you cannot hit SloMo for six off a short-break you can’t be very good. Here he was waxing lyrical about $5,000 watches while his government signed off on at least 919 performance bonuses to public servants in the same year worth the same or more. That would also have nailed Labor as I seriously doubt Labor would go against the Public Service Union and argue for an effective pay cut.

It was Christine Holgate’s job to defend and legitimise her decision to gift extravagant watches to very highly paid executives for simply doing their jobs. Holgate has, since the train wreck of Senate Estimates, tried exactly that albeit, too little too late, and not overly convincing, so now she plays the gender card. Its pathetic. She has only herself to blame.

The radical feminist movement (which Holgate now seemingly subscribes) is seeking to normalise any criticism of women as misogynistic bullying or harassment. This is ludicrous and is actually profoundly sexist and degrading to women. It denies women agency to control their own outcomes and futures. It condemns all women as snowflakes in need of protection. It is asking that women in leadership be given a free pass on accountability.

If this idea is given too much currency it will actually setback the career prospects of all women. Who would hire a female CEO on the basis she should be effectively immune from criticism, will likely fall apart if she is, and if you as chairman (i.e. male chair) exert your shareholder responsibilities will be smeared with a sexist bullying allegation? Better to just appoint a male. It will be interesting to see who hires Holgate next. In my opinion she has damaged her reputation badly by playing the gender card.

As a final comment I would say that the Cartier watch episode is symptomatic of a culture of greed and entitlement that pervades the upper echelons of corporate Australia and government that are seemingly in a crony partnership at the expense of citizens, taxpayers and consumers. Christine Holgate’s counterpart in the United States earns $300,000 not $2.7m and oversees a staff in excess of 600,000 compared to Australia Post’s 35,000. The executives gifted $5,000 watches also earned significantly more than the US Post Master General.

Australia has amongst the highest paid politicians and bureaucrats in the Western world and there is zero evidence (made abundantly plain during the pandemic) that this leads to better policy, better decision-making and hence better outcomes. Christine Holgate through her own inadequacy and poor judgment has exposed how out of touch most of Australia’s rent seeking elite actually are and embarrassed an equally inadequate and out of touch PM.

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59 Responses to Holgate’s Gender Defence Pathetic and Insulting to Women

  1. Scott Osmond says:

    All she’s done is given very good reasons not to give women any position of authority. If you become suicidal when asked to explain the reasons for your decisions you are clearly not up to the job. Doesn’t matter if she’s faking it or not she like every other woman using the sainted vagina to avoid responsibility and accountability are doing women as a whole a great deal of future damage.

  2. C.L. says:

    Sorry, Justinian. Didn’t see your Holgate post.
    We don’t need two so I’ve scrubbed mine.
    Apologies to commenters too.

  3. Justinian the Great says:

    No need to apologise. Great minds think alike!

  4. Sunbird says:

    I would love to go back to the time when claiming you had mental health problems was like admitting you were a loser.
    The normalisation of f “hysteria” as it was once called is just another example of our feminised society.

  5. C.L. says:

    I agree with you on this. She has played the Brittany card and I have zero respect for that. Just pathetic.

    As a final comment I would say that the Cartier watch episode is symptomatic of a culture of greed and entitlement that pervades the upper echelons of corporate Australia and government that are seemingly in a crony partnership at the expense of citizens, taxpayers and consumers. Christine Holgate’s counterpart in the United States earns $300,000 not $2.7m and oversees a staff in excess of 600,000 compared to Australia Post’s 35,000. The executives gifted $5,000 watches also earned significantly more than the US Post Master General.

    This!

  6. Eyrie says:

    symptomatic of a culture of greed and entitlement that pervades the upper echelons of corporate Australia and government that are seemingly in a crony partnership at the expense of citizens, taxpayers and consumers.

    Of course. They are looting the country while the going is good.

  7. Neil says:

    I suspect this is normal. Apparently the fat cats in the Public Service get bonuses all the time.

  8. Suburban Boy says:

    At least Christine Markle has already found her handsome prince (well, rich company director).

  9. Herodotus says:

    Hard to be sympathetic towards highly paid individuals who either pick up pricey baubles as bonuses or who take to the fainting couch when things go not-so-Piaget shaped.
    For most of us, it’s a case of Seiko and ye shall find.
    Or a leaner and hungrier looking Casio.

  10. C.L. says:

    Funny you should say that, Hero.
    When this broke last year I said Holgate should have bought four Seikos and this would never have become a thing. For Labor, it was all about that word: CARTIER.

    Asked at the Senate committee on Tuesday what she would have done differently, Holgate said she might have chosen *drum roll* Seikos.

    And she gets the big bucks.

  11. Adelagado says:

    Holgate was rattled for a while but she is now doing and saying everything right. Everything right to win, that is. You don’t get paid 2.5 mill if you are a fool or weak. On the other hand Morrison is looking increasingly out of his depth. He’s a good 2IC or hitman. Give him a target and he’ll take it out. But his political judgment is terrible. He took Labor’s side in this for God’s sake!

  12. Albatross says:

    If this idea is given too much currency it will actually setback the career prospects of all women.

    *snort* Good one.

  13. Albatross says:

    I hope we can all agree that Morro is a miserable toad who keeps giving himself uppercuts, and we shouldn’t care a fig about this pampered bitch.

  14. candy says:

    There is a lot of fake sexism accusations going around and snarly looking for trouble “feminists” and I don’t think it a good idea for Ms Holgate to hang out with them, even for emotional support. They will drop her like a hot potato if she turns out to be friendly with any conservatives.

    But something tells me PM Morrison may not have been so quick to humiliate a male AP boss for the sake of pleasing some voter segments and give CEOs a kick. She seems a more gentle, but not exactly fragile, individual with good intentions and dedicated to her role at Australia Post. An easy target, perhaps.

  15. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Adelagado says:
    April 15, 2021 at 6:45 pm
    Holgate was rattled for a while but she is now doing and saying everything right. Everything right to win, that is. You don’t get paid 2.5 mill if you are a fool or weak. On the other hand Morrison is looking increasingly out of his depth. He’s a good 2IC or hitman. Give him a target and he’ll take it out. But his political judgment is terrible. He took Labor’s side in this for God’s sake!”

    Correct….just like he took Labor’s side with Craig Kelly.

  16. caveman says:

    It is asking that women in leadership be given a free pass on accountability.

    Accountability, I put that down as an interest. Everyone seems to have these passes.
    Not that I care what the lady does , but she has a right to fight and survive .

  17. Adelagado says:

    Albatross says:
    April 15, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    we shouldn’t care a fig about this pampered bitch.

    I don’t understand this animosity towards her. She doesn’t strike me as a pampered bitch. Read her Wikipedia Bio. If anything she’s a hardworking woman of ‘the right’. Morrison, the dope, has stupidly taken down someone who was on his side. Thats obviously why Labor was happy to target her.

  18. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    candy says at 6:57 pm:

    “…
    But something tells me PM Morrison may not have been so quick to humiliate a male AP boss for the sake of pleasing some voter segments and give CEOs a kick. She seems a more gentle, but not exactly fragile, individual with good intentions and dedicated to her role at Australia Post. An easy target, perhaps.”

    You’re a funny little funster Candy – an older bloke having fun, stirring up the commenters with vacuous fairy floss … as kae pointed out here a decade ago.

  19. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “and we shouldn’t care a fig about this pampered bitch.””

    Well I do. And Christine Holgate is not a “pampered bitch.”…she’s an incredibly competent and accomplished businesswoman. Morrison fell for a nasty Labor trap. Honestly, this is the language of the left…designed to besmirch merit, capitalism and success. We can agree to disagree about the wisdom of “Cartier” watches…not that I have any problem with the watches…but the whole thing was a political attack and Morrison was wrong to smear her in parliament…under parliamentary privilege I might add. He owes her an apology.

  20. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    She’s fighting back. So she should, although the feminist card is a bit much. It wouldn’t work is Scomo wasn’t so weak about it.

    As for the Cartier watches – everyone likes to get a proper present sometimes instead of just more dosh. Even the Royals have gift-giving sessions at Christmas along with plenty of other people who want for nothing. As anthropologist Marcel Mauss wrote in his great tome on gift giving so long ago now, a gift is something that conveys respect and incurs obligation. Not a bad thing for a CEO to engender amongst her closest troops. People whose hackles go up at the mention of anything expensive or lovely give me the pip.

    And yes, our senior bureaucrats are overpaid by a very high factor compared to the US or elsewhere. Pedal it back.

  21. Neil says:

    I hope this episode shines a light on all Public Service bonuses. Apparently 200,000 Queensland Public Servants got a $1,250 bonus from Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Who knows what bonuses the Public Servant fat cats gets????

  22. Adelagado says:

    Cassie of Sydney says:
    April 15, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    “Adelagado says:
    April 15, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Morrison is looking increasingly out of his depth. … He took Labor’s side in this for God’s sake!”

    Correct….just like he took Labor’s side with Craig Kelly.

    Yep, and Craig Kelly, like anyone else who expressed skepticism about the advice from ‘the experts’, is looking increasingly justified. (see the astra zeneca debacle.) Morrison needs to learn that he should never, ever agree with a word that Labor says.

  23. C.L. says:

    I don’t understand this animosity towards her.

    You don’t understand why there is a degree of contempt for a woman who donned white like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the southern border, threw in her lot with Sarah Hanson-Young, claimed to be suicidal during an actual suicide epidemic afflicting combat veterans (who aren’t millionaires) and who refuses to criticise Anthony Albanese for starting it all?

    And she blew $12,000 on battery-powered watches which are lower in the horology hierarchy than fake Rolexes.

    !

  24. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    “Read her Wikipedia Bio”

    roars Adelagado¹ at 7:13 pm , failing to alert the dumb and easily convinced that Wiki profiles are written by the subject or, in the case of MBAs on the hunt for the next highly paid low intensity job, by their expensive personal placement publicity agent.

    ¹ Adelagado, who surfaced multiple times on the Poor Chrissy “look what you’re making me do now, hurtie hurt myself!” thread created here two days ago, lobbying for the poor dear

  25. Justinian the Great says:

    I have no animosity to Holgate whatsoever. I just think that her judgment on the watches was poor, her failure to grasp the difference between a government owned business and the private sector naive, her performance in Senate Estimates extremely poor (i.e. actually grasp what was even going on in Senate Estimates politically), her failure to rectify that performance post haste telling, all of which says to me she was not the right person for the job. Which is to also say she didn’t get government, didn’t understand politics and couldn’t cut it when challenged. She was unsuited to the job notwithstanding she may have done some good things while she was there. I still maintain that her salary (and even worse her predecessor) is a disgrace for government monopoly protected from failure / bankruptcy. She (and their executives) peg their salaries to the private sector that may go bust, be taken over, and are forced to compete hard. Australia Post will be subsidised as a loss because it is deemed an essential service / public good and subsidised by government. Her (and her executive staff) salaries are therefore not comparable to the private sector. Which is presumably why the US Post Master General earns a top bureaucratic salary of $300k US. The US amazingly manages to keep the mail being delivered without paying Fortune 500 CEO salaries. Go figure!

  26. Boxcar says:

    Does anyone else think Holgate has at least has snuffed out Scotty’s future?
    I can’t even be bothered listening to whatever he is talking about anymore.

  27. Mitch M. says:

    candy says:
    April 15, 2021 at 6:57 pm
    There is a lot of fake sexism accusations going around and snarly looking for trouble “feminists” and I don’t think it a good idea for Ms Holgate to hang out with them, even for emotional support. They will drop her like a hot potato if she turns out to be friendly with any conservatives.

    But something tells me PM Morrison may not have been so quick to humiliate a male AP boss for the sake of pleasing some voter segments and give CEOs a kick. She seems a more gentle, but not exactly fragile, individual with good intentions and dedicated to her role at Australia Post. An easy target, perhaps.

    I don’t understand the pile on here re Holgate. She was cleared of wrong doing, the watches were reward for a program that is going to generate a huge increase in revenues for AP, and the amount involved is chicken feed compared too …

    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/nbn-co-paid-staff-almost-80m-in-bonuses-in-2020-20210217-p573gs

    Mr Rue earned more than $3 million last financial year, topping taxpayer-funded salaries, with a pay packet including a $1.2 million bonus.

    His salary put him ahead of ousted Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate, who was paid $1.6 million in 2019-20. She quit the role in December after it was revealed she spent nearly $20,000 on luxury watches for executives.

  28. Adelagado says:

    C.L. says:
    April 15, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    I don’t understand this animosity towards her.

    You don’t understand why there is a degree of contempt for a woman who donned white like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    She is fighting for her life using the best tools at her disposal. She is very smart. The trouble is, you want her to play by YOUR rules CL. You want her to play ‘fair’. Thinking like that is exactly why feminists are winning, radical environmentalists are winning, indigenous activists are winning.

  29. Neil says:

    I have no animosity to Holgate whatsoever. I just think that her judgment on the watches was poor

    Perhaps your judgement is poor?? Perhaps what she did is normal?? Perhaps what she did came out because of the internet. Perhaps what she did has been happening for the last 50 years??

    The QLD ALP Premier gave 200,000 Queensland Public Servants a $1,250 bonus to make sure they keep voting ALP.

    Have you looked at what bonuses the Public Servant fat cats get???

  30. Adelagado says:

    C.L. says:
    April 15, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    I don’t understand this animosity towards her.

    You don’t understand why there is a degree of contempt for a woman who donned white like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    She is fighting for her life using the best tools and symbols at her disposal. She is very smart. The trouble is, you want her to play by YOUR rules CL. You want her to play ‘fair’. Thinking like that is exactly why ###### are winning, radical ###### are winning, ##### activists are winning, ###### are winning.

    (I re-submitted this with asterisks because it was initially delayed for moderation).

  31. stackja says:

    Scomo or Albo? Or will Shorten return? All this is just politics. MSM supports ALP. Scomo has never been given credit for anything.

  32. C.L. says:

    fighting for her life

    Please.

    If by “my rules” you mean not becoming Sarah Hanson-Young’s lapdog, sure.
    There is no sexism here. Barry O’Farrell got boned over a bottle of plonk.

  33. Adelagado says:

    Justinian the Great says:
    April 15, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    She was unsuited to the job notwithstanding she may have done some good things while she was there.

    So you’re saying she did some good things but was unsuited for the job because she got ambushed by Labor at a Senate hearing, dumped on by the PM, and abandoned by a self serving Chairman. I bet that wasn’t considered at the job interview.

  34. Adelagado says:

    C.L. says:
    April 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    fighting for her life

    Please.

    Yes, I meant fighting for her life in a business sense. Getting the sack is not great for your career, especially if you want jobs that pay $2.5 mill or more. She has to prove she is still a winner. The S-H-Y thing is minor. Probably only Cats would even notice it.

  35. stackja says:

    CH is lucky Scomo is PM and not Shorten. MSM would have destroyed her for upsetting the ALP.

  36. Jonesy says:

    Jeesus christ, people. stick the boot in!

    have a think of the value of a cartier watch as opposed to the 77 million in bonus paid over at that other government owned communications flagship (No..not theirbc). The girl and her advisors stuck the banks up in broad daylight to wrestle out an extra 60 or 70 million inprofit for the same government that condemned her. Pretty damn poor form. I am not sure who would be gunning for the woman more…that ex ALP QLD mouthpiece for the bankers union or the zealots that want to privatise parcel post

  37. Neil says:

    Queensland’s $1250 bonus to public servants has been welcomed by the council of unions despite heavy critcism from economists and the LNP.

    More than 200,000 workers – the bulk of the Queensland public service – will receive the payments on top of annual CPI increases for pay agreements finalised for the three-year period from March 2018.

    https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/unions-claim-1250-public-sector-bonus-will-help-queensland-economy-20190923-p52tyq.html

  38. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    “I don’t understand this animosity towards her”

    offered by Adelagado at 7:13 pm.

    She’s a seasoned playaaa boof, doing what playaaas do – but you know that.

    She presided over a Blackmores share price spike of $221 to $90 in 2017, a spike in the wrong direction n’est-ce pas?, and was shunted by the board for that. She took this last job because she was nearing 60 and otherwise unemployable, accepting less than 50% of the weekly wage enjoyed by her predecessor – an “incredibly competent and accomplished negotiator”, eh?

    “She is fighting for her life using the best tools and symbols at her disposal. She is very smart.”

    So “smart” that the corporate talent scouts will have noted from her own utterances that she is susie sidal, on the anti-depressants, crying all day, formally resigning (announcing publicly she did not want munnee) and then expecting an unfair dismissal bribe, prepared to bag her chairman publicly, and his boss as well, and prone to chasing headlines for a week when prudent corporate strategy demands that she fade quietly away, have a Bex and a lie down while her husband’s connections line up the next undeserved “leadership” gig.

    Justinian the Great has made his case and made it well, repeating parts of it for the slow learners. Read it boof … or not, ‘cos you’re not really interested in the objective facts, eh?

  39. C.L. says:

    Jonesy, the site consensus – with which I’m aligned – seems to be that she’s a smart lady politically used by Albanese and then Morrison as part of their big dogs’ fight and that is unfortunate. But people are getting fed up with the gender grievance-mongering.

  40. Justinian the Great says:

    A lot of comments are loopy. I specifically said that I thought 919 APS bonuses equal or more in value to $5,000 was equally dubious. I made a point that public servants don’t wear the risks of the private sector. I stand uncorrected that having political skills is a core job requirement of a CEO of a government owned business and she failed. I do think Morrison is a hypocrite and incompetent. But I challenge anyone to justify how Australia Post’s CEO gets paid $2.7m when the US Post Master General (same role) gets paid $300k US. WTF! Justifying her Cartier rewards because everyone else in the public service does more or less the same is the problem not a justification. A sense of entitlement paid for by the overly regulated and shrinking productive sector of the economy as opposed to the ever increasing and unsustainable government sector both direct and indirect. Wake up.

  41. Buccaneer says:

    Frankly, the argument here all leads toward the conclusion that the government has no business owning an enterprise like Aus post. They are no longer truly a monopoly. Perhaps Ms Holgate might have made a stellar ceo without the ridiculous game playing of senate estimates, although given her performance there that seems doubtful. Ceos usually land on their feet post sacking, once you’re in the club you’re there for good. Stupidly, she’s put that in jeopardy with this silly campaign. SLO mo is in little danger while the rub and tug meister is opposite and jumped up ceos indignant at losing a high paying government gig is unlikely to change that. There is plenty of footage of all the media slamming Holgate when the alp piled on. All that is really happening is the get Morro brigade is spinning their wheels.

  42. Entropy says:

    Neil says:
    April 15, 2021 at 7:29 pm
    I hope this episode shines a light on all Public Service bonuses. Apparently 200,000 Queensland Public Servants got a $1,250 bonus from Annastacia Palaszczuk

    It’s all bullshit Neil. The Collective agreement for AOs took nearly two years. The “bonus” was an initial backdating payment. It’s just Jackie Trad tried to portray it as a bonus, because she was ambitious and thought it would get her in good with those that vote for left faction ALP powers. Cluelessly not aware of how it would be received by anyone else. The QPS doesn’t get “bonuses” as the rest of the world understands them.

  43. Entropy says:

    And Justinian is entirely correct about this situation.

  44. Entropy says:

    SLO mo is in little danger while the rub and tug meister is opposite and jumped up ceos indignant at losing a high paying government gig is unlikely to change that.

    Speaking of which, isn’t the lack of interest by the media about that little history telling. Imagine if it was, oh I dunno, how about a state national party backbencher?

  45. roman says:

    She IS fighting for her life, for her life is her perpetual gratification, and she has been momentarily ungratified.

  46. Albatross says:

    Justinian the Great says:
    April 15, 2021 at 7:38 pm
    I have no animosity to Holgate whatsoever. I just think that her judgment on the watches was poor, her failure to grasp the difference between a government owned business and the private sector naive

    Kek. Aren’t you supposed to be some kind of legal blogger?

  47. Albatross says:

    C.L. says:
    April 15, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    This is about the size of it. Morrison’s a shit who gored a well functioning public utility for stupid reasons. It’s galling because the Libs pretend to be economically liberal. Auspost will not return a profit the rest of its days mark my words. That said, this woman whinging about the board in front of a Senate inquiry (why?) is pathetic, and her rhetoric is disgraceful. Sue or piss off I say.

  48. Albatross says:

    Justinian the Great says:
    April 15, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Auspost Employees are Public Servants now? In what sense?

  49. mundi says:

    Not sure what planet you are on…

    But USPS is losing money hand over fist

    While australia post makes money

    The reason is Aus post is much closer to operating for a private company would.

    Can you imagine aus post as a government department? Costs would explode exponentially and it would be a matter of 1/2 years before the government was forming out billions per year to keep the “essential service” running.

  50. Albatross says:

    Jonesy says:
    April 15, 2021 at 8:49 pm
    Jeesus christ, people. stick the boot in!

    Good post.

  51. Rex Mango says:

    Very good post.

  52. Perfidious Albino says:

    Sorry, I have no love for ScoMo, but Holgate was not competent, just a well connected grifter. Brassy facade, but as we have seen, not a lot of substance under pressure. Has been lucky as all get out though in terms of being in the right place at the right time, Blackmores when the China market took off, Post as parcels accelerated, neither ended well for her though…

    Bug person. Ironically, her natural political alignment is Labor.

  53. Bad Samaritan says:

    Adelagado (8.18pm) noted the following…..

    “Yes, I meant fighting for her life in a business sense. ”

    Because only a total f’wit and wanker would possibly misconstrue the metaphor for a real life and death struggle. Adelagado didn’t want to be seen as such, which is 100% understandable, since no-one but a complete f’wit could possibly think anyone would take this “woe is me” shyte for real.

    But then there is vestal-virgin-in-white Christine (yeah, the same dress sense as that other vestal virgin at the March4women: Ms Higgins), telling us what Adelagado is denying….

    It really is a life and death thingy. Suicide was a real possibility!

    OK, Adelagado knows Ms Holgate to be a total liar and arsehat, and has admitted as much. Thanks.

  54. Buccaneer says:

    Speaking of which, isn’t the lack of interest by the media about that little history telling. Imagine if it was, oh I dunno, how about a state national party backbencher?

    Andrew Laming is the devil incarnate for making a parody of some bird bending over with a g banger, but it’s ok for the rub and tug meister to indulge in modern slavery (their term not mine). Bonking Billy dumps his mrs and young child at the footy and had a questionable encounter on the beach, free pass, accusations suppressed, nothing to see here. CP has a suicidal person from his past write a manifesto containing obvious errors not unlike Blaisey Ford in the us, media goes nuts CP effectively loses his job and is in limbo. People notice, slo mo needs to use this to his benefit, cut the abc to the bone, play the footage of Keating going to town on them.

  55. Entropy says:

    I wasn’t thinking of Laming, what he did was juvenile and quite icky. He isn’t 12. Besides, he voted for Turnbull and for that alone he should be shown the door..

  56. Buccaneer says:

    Agree on both points, Laming clearly should never have been an mp, but his case only highlights how both alp characters are creepier and less suitable. I couldn’t imagine Laming as an alternate pm, yet the last two have been bonking billy and trat meister. Too many media free passes allowing weak leadership candidates.

  57. Neil says:

    It’s all bullshit Neil. The Collective agreement for AOs took nearly two years. The “bonus” was an initial backdating payment. It’s just Jackie Trad tried to portray it as a bonus

    OK what about this???

    Yet in the same year Ms Holgate gave her staff those rewards, at least 900 federal public servants received a personal performance bonus worth more than a Cartier watch.

    Some received bonuses so large they could buy dozens of the watches, with plenty of cash to spare…In 2018 — the year of the watches — federal ministers’ delegates approved $40.8 million worth of performance bonuses for 15,633 APS staff, mostly to middle managers

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-05/analysis-cartier-watches-small-gifts-compared-with-aps-bonuses/13112804

  58. Buccaneer says:

    Kimberley Kitching made the running that the watches were an inappropriate bonus, I happen to agree with her, so did the government and the msm at the time. Highlighting that there are other more inappropriate bonuses doesn’t make Holgate more competent or excuse her obvious lack of judgement in the circumstances, just that taxpayers once again get rorted by PS and pollies. Aus Post has no business being a government owned entity, government should set the rules and enforce them not deliver services. CEOs need to be able to defend their decisions in the public domain, or do something else. Any business that gets Holgate as the head from now on knows they will have a leader that goes to water when her decisions are questioned and plays the gender card. Good luck with that, it’s the CEOs main role to own decisions.

  59. Rayvic says:

    “Australia has amongst the highest paid politicians and bureaucrats in the Western world and there is zero evidence (made abundantly plain during the pandemic) that this leads to better policy, better decision-making and hence better outcomes.”

    Justinian, well said — deserving of a Cartier watch. Incorporating ” the Great” in your name is fully justified.

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