KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has called on the federal government to reinstate Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate.
Ms Holgate resigned late last year after it was revealed four Australia Post executives were gifted luxury watches for sealing a lucrative deal but attacked Australia Post chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeo in a blistering submission to a Senate inquiry, accusing him of lying to parliament and humiliating her.
Speaking today Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Ms Holgate quit of her own volition but is refusing to comment on allegations she was bullied out.
Now Mr Katter said he will move a motion in parliament to reinstate her, saying it was an "unethical dismissal".
Mr Katter praised her integrity and perseverance in defending her decision to purchase Cartier watches as a reward for key employees securing long-term, profitable banking services to secure Australia Post branches around the country.
"The most successful and honourable businessmen I have ever had the pleasure of being a friend of, Marcus Blackmore, the great innovator in medicinal supplements had Christine for a long period as his Chief of Staff and he swears by her integrity and her competence," Mr Katter said.
"I cannot say how much I admire a person that cut her salary in her job down to that of a departmental head in a state government department. This is one of the largest operations in the country and she is the only CEO in Australian history that I can think of that reduced her salary down a fraction of what it had been under her predecessor."
Mr Katter said it was the first time that post offices have spoken positively about their CEO and she gave them hope for the future.
"She had worked with owner/operator pharmacies which are owner/operated by law (albeit with corporate oversighting) and she was determined to keep the owner/operator model - clearly the most successful model which guaranteed local ownership throughout the suburbs and towns of Australia," he said.
"Quite frankly she should had been sacked if she hadn't given these star-performing, hardworking employees a bit of reward for their efforts."
Mr Katter said Australians had been misled.
"We will get a vote in the Parliament and she will be reinstated," he said.
"And if the Government doesn't do that, then the way it is headed at the present moment, it will just be another nail in their coffin."
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