House debates

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Statements by Members

Australia Post

1:42 pm

Photo of Bob KatterBob Katter (Kennedy, Katter's Australian Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I rise to raise the issue around Christine Holgate, which, I think, is one of the most unfortunate events I've seen in recent times. Under her the revenue is up for Australia Post by seven per cent. The Australian people only own three assets: the NBN, put there by Kevin Rudd—like it or not—the Snowy Hydro and Australia Post. She put the revenue up seven per cent. Her previous CEO had losses and had to sell assets to make up for those losses. The profits are $53 million a year on a very break-even proposition. We know our letters have gone down, but parcels have done up under her. She takes half the wage that her predecessor took. There were 3,000 small businesses rescued by her very aggressive action, and they were very strongly for it. This place is going to pay a penalty with all those people pulling against the people in this parliament unless she is reinstated. She was punished for $20,000 and three watches. This is the institution that turns over $3 billion, arguably $4 billion, a year. Some of the leading people who deserve some compensation for the effort they put in got $20,000— (Time expired)