Oh, Terry …

Our good friend, the always excellent, Terry McCrann has an op-ed launching into both Scott Morrison and Lucio Di Bartolomeo (who? He’s the chairman of Australia Post).

THE key to understanding what happened on that fateful day October 22 and why the chairman of Australia Post, Lucio Di Bartolomeo, must resign or be sacked is in the precise words used by the prime minister in his public brutalising of then AusPost CEO Christine Holgate.

At around 2.40pm on that day, Scott Morrison said “The chief executive (Holgate) has been instructed to stand aside and, if she doesn’t wish to do that, she can go.”

He did not say that she would – future tense – be asked or even instructed to stand aside. He did not say that the AusPost chairman or its board had been asked to stand her aside.

But that she “has” – past tense – been instructed to stand aside.

Terry – quite rightly – points out that no matter how you slice and dice that statement both the government and the chairman of Australia Post did the wrong thing.

But this caught my eye:

If this was untrue, [Lucio Di Bartolomeo] had a clear, immediate and indeed urgent obligation to make a public statement correcting the record.

This was an obligation he owed to every Australian, the 26m real owners of AusPost .

It was an obligation he owed, as chairman, very especially to his CEO, Holgate, and all the employees of AusPost; and it was an obligation he owed to something quaintly called ‘the truth’.

Well yes.

… something quaintly called ‘the truth’. 

At an intellectual level I know Terry is correct. Every decent human being knows Terry is correct.

But … here we are.

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42 Responses to Oh, Terry …

  1. C.L. says:

    Stupid behaviour and stupid comment from Morrison.
    He’s the one who should go.
    Holgate didn’t deserve that much crap over four stupid watches.

  2. Squirrel says:

    Maybe Australia Post and the ABC should swap boards – it could do quite a bit to add to the sum total of human happiness (particularly with another BCG report, or two, thrown into the mix)……

  3. tombell says:

    ALP can’t believe their luck. They started the class war schtick against Holgate and quelle surprise SloMo runs hard with it and promptly reaps the “Libs have a problem with women” shite. You can’t make this stuff up. Who did SloMo think he was impressing? MSM perhaps? He is a dunce.

  4. Mark A says:

    C.L. says:
    April 19, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Stupid behaviour and stupid comment from Morrison.
    He’s the one who should go.
    Holgate didn’t deserve that much crap over four stupid watches.

    Always thought cheaper than a bonus and more meaningful for a high-flyer with plenty of money.

  5. FlyingPigs says:

    Lucio Di Bartolomeo

    Now you pick on him!

    Surely he did a wonderful job with NSW Rail privatisation?

  6. Sinclair Davidson says:

    Stupid behaviour and stupid comment from Morrison.

    Yep. He got sucked in. The only way out for him now is to offer a grovelling apology. I reckon he’s too stupid to realise that. Strange, because he has surrounded himself with some smart people. So unless he knows something we don’t, he needs to back down. Or reveal what we don’t know.

  7. win says:

    Let me get this straight ,we are billions of dollars in debt but Australian Post with its captive customers get as remuneration 25 thousand dollar watches. Once apon a time you could not take a customer lunch appointment with out paying a tax on it . If Labor started this its only because this is what Labor does with finesse.

  8. H B Bear says:

    Once you’re under the bus does it really matter? “Oh, I appear to have run you over. I’m sorry.” Lot of social and legal niceties that are never going to happen. Being PM means never having to say you are sorry – until you lose a general election, then it’s too late. Holgate will get a payout down the track and it will be duly reported on page 32.

  9. H B Bear says:

    Be assured the A Current Affair crowd aren’t discussing this at the BBQ, it is just Liar opportunism. Presumably Lieboral focus groups are telling them the same thing which is why they don’t give a sh!t.

  10. Crossie says:

    C.L. says:
    April 19, 2021 at 11:12 pm
    Stupid behaviour and stupid comment from Morrison.
    He’s the one who should go.
    Holgate didn’t deserve that much crap over four stupid watches.

    Every LNP travail has been self inflicted by that wonder of marketing – ScoMo. He has no convictions, no principles and no nous. How did he get so far?

  11. Crossie says:

    Sinclair Davidson says:
    April 20, 2021 at 1:09 am
    Stupid behaviour and stupid comment from Morrison.

    Yep. He got sucked in. The only way out for him now is to offer a grovelling apology. I reckon he’s too stupid to realise that. Strange, because he has surrounded himself with some smart people. So unless he knows something we don’t, he needs to back down. Or reveal what we don’t know.

    What smart people? The same ones who were advising Turnbull, the guy with such promise? All I can see are degenerates who masturbate over federal furniture to show their contempt.

  12. Diogenes says:

    CL, it was more than the watches, although that may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Don’t forget the nearly 1 million dollars she spent on the corporate credit card which she refused to give an accounting to the same senate committee she fronted in tears last week.
    That said, DiL , a former Blackmores salespersoon, was scathing of her.

  13. Entropy says:

    At the end of the day joe public will remember “Cartier watches. She got sacked over them. Good.”

    It is only the political class that cares about Colgate as she is one of them. The only other thing they care about is if a narrative can be crafted to damage the government.

  14. Perfidious Albino says:

    Terry is kidding himself if he believes any GBE Chair is going to proactively contradict the prime minister of the day, regardless. Even with ‘the truth’ on his side, far more prudent to let the truth come out of its own accord.

    Every likelihood the previous Chair was not renewed in late 2019 because he was ineffective in managing a CEO going rogue.

  15. Patrick Kelly says:

    Robert Gottliebson had some very interesting background on this saga in The Australian.

  16. Up The Workers! says:

    Why do the same considerations not apply to Ita Buttrose at the A.L.P.B.C.?

    They breach their Charter every single day with utter impunity under the spineless Liberal Party jellybacks and eunuchs, and annually embezzle $1.3 Billion worth of taxpayers hard-earned cash in running a propaganda hate-preaching and selective news-suppression racket for the A.L.P. and Greens.

    When will Ita and her cast of thousands of biased monocular tea-ladies, paper-clip stringers, pencil sharpeners, bum-shiners, Sheltered Workshoppers, failed Leftard pollies wives, husbands, boyfriends and girlfriends ever darken the nether-end of the dole queue?

  17. Tintarella di Luna says:

    Every LNP travail has been self inflicted by that wonder of marketing – ScoMo. He has no convictions, no principles and no nous. How did he get so far?

    That’s a perfect summation Crossie, as for how did he get so far, by duplicity starting way back when.

  18. Roger says:

    Terry – quite rightly – points out that no matter how you slice and dice that statement both the government and the chairman of Australia Post did the wrong thing.

    I’m missing something here: she was instructed to stand aside while an inquiry was conducted. Standard procedure. If she had done she’d be back in her office.

    Instead, she chose to resign in a manner which left the board with no further options.

  19. min says:

    Well Scomo is too busy promising to have net zero emissions by 2050 when he will be no longer PM and probably looking for help to stay at home as an oldie.
    Where are these smart advisors ? Anyway he is an appeaser , he thinks he can get the woke millennials to vote for him by making promises that he does not have to keep .
    Before then he has to fix Age Care , keep energy affordable and available and complete vaccinations . All this whilst China is getting anxy , USA collapsing and a double mutant version of Covid rife in Asia .

  20. H B Bear says:

    Robert Gottliebson had some very interesting background on this saga in The Australian.

    Gottliebsen has been consistent throughout this sideshow and was one of the few who wrote about it when it occurred rather than reheated leftovers.

  21. egg_ says:

    Stupid behaviour and stupid comment from Morrison.
    He’s the one who should go.
    Holgate didn’t deserve that much crap over four stupid watches.

    Hear! Hear!

    Scummo the jellyback to the fore, as always.

    /P1ssweak leader

  22. theleftfootkick says:

    Apparently the independent post office licensees were very happy to pay for the watches, in support of Holgate, my partner now a retired former licensee thought she was doing a great job in a very diverse business structure. Carrying on about $20,000 how much dosh have they blown in the after marth, and how would Morrison be looking now if he had of stood up for Holgate instead of falling for the jellyback option.

  23. Bad Samaritan says:

    Roger (7.29am) has it exactly right. Stand aside or quit, were the two options.

    Fair enough that Cryin’ Chrissie knew what the enquiry would find, so she chose to quit. But what ScoMo shoulda been thinking was that her type of money-grubbing attention-seeker would be planning revenge.

    Sheilas on $50,000 per week, who are so tight they can’t buy a little something for the staff out of their own dough are, well…….risky propositions. Anyone claiming to be suicidal due to their own misadventure needs to be watched closely.

    As do the kids bunnies!

  24. 1735099 says:

    So unless he knows something we don’t, he needs to back down. Or reveal what we don’t know.

    It’s about something he believes, not something he knows – an ideology.
    The Coalition would privatise some or all of Australia Post if they thought they could get away with it.
    Holgate wasn’t keen.
    End of story…

  25. Texas Jack says:

    Crossie says:
    April 20, 2021 at 5:56 am

    Every LNP travail has been self inflicted by that wonder of marketing – ScoMo. He has no convictions, no principles and no nous. How did he get so far?

    So true, Crossie. So true. And the guy who should have become PM – the guy who called out Turnbull – is increasingly juxtaposed against the utterly useless Morrison. How did he get so far? The answer is – when Turnbull realised he was a goner he delayed all day to Marshall the votes against Peter Dutton. That’s how!

  26. egg_ says:

    the guy who should have become PM – the guy who called out Turnbull – is increasingly juxtaposed against the utterly useless Morrison. How did he get so far? The answer is – when Turnbull realised he was a goner he delayed all day to Marshall the votes against Peter Dutton. That’s how!

    Yup, Scummo was Trumble’s preferred successor, all you need to know.

  27. Albatross says:

    1735099 says:
    April 20, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Absolutely retarded take.

  28. egg_ says:

    Once you’re under the bus does it really matter?

    Scummo-the-bus-driver, with the ALP back seat driving.

  29. BorisG says:

    I see no problem with PM’s words.

  30. candy says:

    PM Morrison thought it was a vote winner to bully a CEO because of the eat the rich angle, get the millennial votes.

    Maybe it is, I don’t know, but it was simply inappropriate and a bit nasty. Lol, he may not have spoken that way if the Aust Post CEO had been a burly male. He may have thought twice!

  31. Terry says:

    BorisG says:
    April 20, 2021 at 10:31 am
    ‘I see no problem with PM’s words.’

    “I am thoroughly shocked!”, said no one.

    ‘Every decent human being knows Terry is correct.’
    Words to live by Sinclair! Words to live by.

  32. Bad Samaritan says:

    Candy (10.42am) and many others….

    Here’s Cryin’ Chrissy’s resignation letter from last November…..https://origin.go.theaustralian.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/CHRISTINE-HOLGATE-OFFERS-RESIGNATION-STATEMENT.pdf.

    Some “highlights”….. “I am not seeking any financial compensation……Consequently, I have made the difficult decision to resign, hoping it will allow the organisation to fully focus on serving our customers…….has caused so much debate and distraction and I
    appreciate the optics of the gifts involved do not pass the “pub test” for many…..I have no animosity towards the Government and have enjoyed working with the Prime Minister, the Shareholder Ministers and many other political leaders during my tenure.”

    Poor diddums then became suicidal when questions about her wild spending on luxuries and baubles hit the news last October….

    From the Pommy Press….Australia Post boss Christine Holgate has been accused of racking up tens of thousands of dollars on her corporate credit card and being chauffeured around by a private car service. The millionaire chief executive has come under scrutiny after she refused to hand over spending records to a federal Senate inquiry, claiming it would be ‘unreasonable diversion of resources’.

    So then she resigned rather than face the music: all the while holding no animosity, eh what?

    ScoMo gets rid of Scummo!

  33. Sinclair Davidson says:

    I see no problem with PM’s words.

    The PM has no legal authority to order that she be summarily sacked or stood aside.

  34. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    candy says at 10:42 am:

    “PM Morrison thought …

    Maybe it is, I don’t know, but it was simply inappropriate and a bit nasty. Lol, he may not have spoken that way if the Aust Post CEO had been a burly male. …”

    The discussion just collapsed to “stupid”.

  35. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    Bad Samaritan says at 11:42 am:

    “Candy (10.42am) and many others….

    Here’s Cryin’ Chrissy’s resignation letter from last November…..https://origin.go.theaustralian.com.au/wp-content/uploads/etc.pdf.

    Some “highlights”….. “I am not seeking any financial compensation……Consequently, I have made the difficult decision to resign, hoping it will allow the organisation to fully focus on serving our customers…….has caused so much debate and distraction … I have no animosity towards the Government … enjoyed working with the Prime Minister, … Ministers … during my tenure.”

    Poor diddums then became suicidal when questions about her wild spending on luxuries and baubles hit the news last October….

    From the Pommy Press…. racking up tens of thousands of dollars on her corporate credit card … chauffeured around … private car service. The millionaire chief executive … refused to hand over spending records to a … Senate inquiry (as an) ‘unreasonable diversion of resources’.”

    So then she resigned rather than face the music: all the while holding no animosity, eh what?

    ScoMo gets rid of Scummo!”

    That is an accurate account – I would add the information about being parked up for weeks in a 5 star hotel in Melbourne on a handsome living-away-from-several-homes-allowance … and the observation that the bagging for Morrison is coming from a mob which 6 or 7 years ago regularly expressed the wish here that he be made Prime Minister. 😁

  36. Boambee John says:

    The Coalition would privatise some or all of Australia Post if they thought they could get away with it.

    Get your head out of your bum. Many of the LPOs are already privatised, as franchises.

  37. theleftfootkick says:

    Exactly 75% of post offices are private licensees.

  38. mundi says:

    When asked about the watches, she could have just said what all the other government workers say:

    “I’ll take the question under advisement. I have no direct recollection of the exact bonus. We are proud and dynamic organization with a world class leading remuneration system that rewards staff with personal touch rather than always cold hard cash. This is in following the the latest research of motivations and rewards for effective business and maximizing the return for AUstralian tax payers. We are proud that this bonus system is delivering maximum benefits to the Australian tax payers with and community, the new banking deal delivered balh blah blah blah…. etc. etc.

    Now that is how you answer it.

    And when you are asked if its tax payer money wasted you don’t answer with “We are not funded by government/taxpayers” you answer by repeating your last answer and woffling on about how your renumaration system is so brilliant that its driving hundreds of millions in improvements for the taxpayers and communities all over Australia.

    Sorry but her answers alone to the senate enquiry were enough to seriously question her ability to do the job. Then for some reason refusing to give access to the credit card statements is even more strange.

    Now we are meant to believe all the statements in her resignation letter are fake/forced? For what reason?

  39. Roger says:

    The PM has no legal authority to order that she be summarily sacked or stood aside.

    No…but she resigned, so it’s academic.

  40. cynic al says:

    “I’ll take the question under advisement

    I can recall being given this advice aeons ago – the questioner has clearly had time to frame the question, but the interviewee has but a moment to structure a reply. Many trip themselves up at the first step.

  41. Rob says:

    Absolutely fascinating to see so many Holgate defenders here.
    Our grotesquely renumerated executive class needs to be pulled into line.
    There is no way to justify huge bonuses and lavish gifts for executives who have simply been doing exactly what they are paid to do.

  42. Albatross says:

    Rob says:
    April 20, 2021 at 10:54 pm
    Absolutely fascinating to see so many Holgate defenders here.
    Our grotesquely renumerated executive class needs to be pulled into line.

    What’s the alternative to a corporate structure for AP? I submit it’s bureaucracy; we’re certainly closer to it than ever now. Maybe some posters think the former is preferable to the latter. AP runs at a profit. The function will never be privatised. Do you imagine it would be run better as a unionised bureaucracy? Pick your poison.

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