Monday, 26 October 2020
Questions without Notice
The number of letters is falling and falling and falling. That is why we've moved quickly to engage BCG to conduct a review. We moved quickly in relation to the issues in relation to the very high demand that Australians have for parcels, particularly during COVID-19.
I'll tell you what we've also moved quickly to do. We've moved quickly to appoint a new chair of Australia Post, Lucio Di Bartolomeo, who brings extremely wide-ranging experience, including as Chair of Australian Naval Infrastructure, Deputy Chair of Moorebank Intermodal Company and non-executive director of Australian Rail Track Corporation. He's been the interim CEO of Moorebank Intermodal Company. He's been the managing director of Thales Australia. He was the managing director of FreightCorp. He has got serious experience in logistics and in the very business issues that Australia Post is facing. So we've moved quickly on those business issues.
And I'll tell you something else: when the chief executive spoke at Senate estimates and disclosed the matter of the watches, we moved very quickly on that matter as well. Within an hour, we had announced that we would ask that the chief executive be stood aside and that we were establishing an inquiry, an investigation to be led by the departments supporting the two shareholder ministers with support from an external law firm.
We make it very clear that the board of every government business enterprise must be on notice. We expect careful dealing with taxpayers' money. So, when issues arise, we deal with them quickly, and that is exactly what we've done here.