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 Government may underestimate Holgate’s position

05.05.21.  The rails of stability were dislodged by a very foolish Scott Morrison when from the Parliamentary floor he  cowardly assailed and insulted then CEO of Australia Post Christine Holgate. That momentary display of sickening bravado may turn out to be his worst career blunder yet. The horse has now bolted and it’s too late to consult his wife on the matter because two, far more accomplished women, are about to nail Morrison’s pious bum to the barn door as a lesson for all women to view how the PM’s level of respect for women works in practice. Unless SloMo can fish another ‘miracle’ from his bag of tricks the entire issue will soon be in court where every secret detail will be hung out like dirty washing draped on the back fence—and what a feast that promises to be for a merciless media. Get your tickets for this ‘train wreck’ now!
Legal letters Christine Holgate sent to Australia Post and the government two weeks ago fully lists what she expects to achieve in mediation—potentially avoiding “costly litigation”—despite the postal service’s chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeo saying he has “no idea” what the sessions plan to achieve.

Source: Jared Lynch and Richard Ferguson, News Corp

Legal showdown looms for Australia Post over Christine Holgate Australia Post ousting

The Australian can reveal Ms Holgate, through her high profile lawyer, Rebekah Giles – who is also acting for former Attorney-General Christian Porter in his defamation case against the ABC – laid the groundwork for mediation sessions in the legal letters.
This is despite Mr Di Bartolomeo telling a Senate inquiry in Ms Holgate’s ousting that he has “no idea” what they are meant to mediating over. At the same time he has branded Ms Giles’s tactics as “very cute”.
But in Ms Holgate’s legal letter, which The Australian has obtained, Ms Giles fully lists what she expects the mediation sessions to cover and invites input from Australia Post and the government.
“It is envisaged that the mediation will cover all issues concerning our client,” the letter states.
“The matters to be traversed at the mediation would involve, inter alia, the treatment of our client in her employment as the chief executive officer of Australia Post, the circumstances of her employment coming to an end, defamatory statements made of and concerning our client, breach of duty of care and the tortious interference with our client’s contract of employment with Australia Post.
“Our client has instructed us to make this proposal for a mediation so that this matter can be resolved in the best interests of all parties thereby avoiding unnecessary, time consuming and costly litigation.”
The letter also stated that the agenda of the session could be refined further once a mediation date has been scheduled.
“We propose that the mediation take place as soon as possible. We also propose the exchange of position papers. The timetabling in relation to position papers can be fixed once the parties agree on a mediation date.”
Ms Giles sent Australia Post, and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher and Finance Minister Simon Birmingham – who both oversee the postal service – a legal letter on April 21, requesting they engage in mediation over Ms Holgate’s ousting last November.
Ms Giles set a two week window to complete the mediation process, which closes on Wednesday. But Australia Post will not be able to meet the deadline and the government has requested more time, leading Ms Holgate to begin “considering her legal options” and “costly litigation”.
In a statement, Ms Giles said the two-week window was requested to complete mediation to “minimise the ongoing harm that has been caused to Ms Holgate” following her departure from Australia Post over the Cartier watch affair.
Ms Giles said speedy mediation would also help end the “distraction to Australia Post which ultimately must focus on its important service to the public and its obligations to its employees and operators”.
“It is very disappointing to Ms Holgate that it appears neither the Government nor Australia Post have been able to prioritise an amicable resolution of this matter, particularly as they are very aware of the ongoing damage this matter causes my client and in light of the fact that it took them only hours to unlawfully stand her down,” Ms Giles said.
“Given there appears to be an absence of agreement to mediate this matter expeditiously, Ms Holgate will now have no option but to consider her legal options after the Senate Communications and Environment Committee’s report into these matters is released on May 17.”
But Mr Di Bartolomeo said Ms Giles two week timeline was “unreasonable”
“I know that they wanted us to start meditating last week. We didn‘t, because none of those details are on the table,” Mr Di Bartolomeo told the Senate inquiry on Monday.
“We‘ve got no idea what we’re actually going to be mediating on … we have said, look, this is unreasonable. We will deal with mediation, by all means, but they’ve been very cute.”
Mr Di Bartolomeo claims Ms Holgate agreed to stand aside during phone conversations after Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded in parliament she stand aside or “go” following revelations she gifted four Cartier watches worth $20,000 to the senior Australia Post executives who secured a banking deal worth $66m a year in 2018.
Ms Holgate maintains she never agreed to stand aside, saying the action was unlawful and Mr Di Bartolomeo “bullied” her out of her job.

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  • Disgruntled 05/05/2021, 7:16 am

    Gee; I don’t know what to think of Morrison any more!!

    Shooting from the lip without first thinking is what got him in strife with the Holgate thing and now again he goes off like a real fool and says “jail for those that sneak back” and then later has to back off from that foolish comment; Again he put his stupid bloody mouth in action long long before the brain even awakened and now he backs off from that bad bad statement.

    Each and everyone else (the whole shebang) supported the temporary halt on people coming from India; But what does Scomo do?? Carries on like a total dill and upsets everyone and worst of all he gives them (especially Albo and his nemesis) good reason and ammo to attack him and the Libs with.

    I once did think that Scomo was the best (well almost) thing since sliced bread but the bread has turned to burnt crust!

    His only redeeming feature is that he is not as bad (as silly yes!) as EACH WAY ALBO and Albo’s nemesis BOTH WAYS BILL.

    Will he ever learn?? Probably bloody not!!

    • Steve 05/05/2021, 10:18 pm

      I have to say that I have always thought of Morrison as a snake in the grass. Watching him kiss Turnbulls butt almost made me want to vomit. I trust Morrison the same amount as I trust Turnbull. The pair of them railroaded Dutton and in my opinion they should be hung publicly for taking the Australian people for mugs. We all know what happened. A personal friend of mine in Perth who is a retired state Liberal MP said exactly the same thing only 2 weeks ago. I asked him why it took him so long to work out. The Liberals will be wiped out next year if Morrison is driving the bus. And it will be a landslide. Sad but true.

  • Penguinite 05/05/2021, 7:40 am

    Guess we can anticipate a multi-million $$$ settlement offer being tabled before The Senate report hits the deck on May 17? Slymo and co will need to get this off the table before the next election is promulgated! That’s of course assuming another miracle isn’t forthcoming!

  • Botswana+O'Hooligan 05/05/2021, 8:13 am

    And the taxpayer pays as usual. Morrison has taken to spouting religion and that as we all know is the last refuge of scoundrels.

    • Lorraine 05/05/2021, 8:43 am

      We all know , not me Bots , I certainly did not like what Morrison did to Christine Holgate, I do not like that no one from India can come home, and he claims stopping the 3rd wave of the virus……I have not heard him spouting religion other than to dam cultural clap trap, Australia was built on Christian beliefs and has held us in good stead for years. Am I also a scoundrel because of a belief

      • Sir Peter 05/05/2021, 8:58 am

        Got your wires crossed old son. The bon mot you’re dredging up to support your baseless attack on the PM’s faith in fact says that PATRIOTISM is the last refuge of scoundrels. I think your years in USSR rotted your brain.

        Western culture is the greatest in history, and its defence of the individual against tyranny is based completely on our judeochristian heritage.

      • Disgruntled 05/05/2021, 10:29 am

        I do admire how Scomo carrys on about religion and his beliefs and how so very open he is about it all and as how Sir Peter points out that is what our western culture is based on.

        The only observation I might make on his religious connections is that at times he must forget that he is not preaching at his congregation where no one ever jumps up and yells “bloody bullshit”; That never happens in church; well not that I have seen anyway.

  • Cliff 05/05/2021, 8:18 am

    Ms Holgate would be doing Australia an enormous service if she caused Scott Morrison to decide that “he needs to spend more time with his family”, that time-honoured, face-saving(?) exit from public life for politicians who have passed their use-by date.

    Which Scottie from Marketing certainly has.

    My only worry in wishing for that is that the Libs, with their propensity for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, could almost be guaranteed to replace him, not with Peter Dutton, but some ‘wet’ Black Hand faction Malcolm Turnbull acolyte.

    • Disgruntled 05/05/2021, 10:31 am

      That is my worry too Cliff.

  • luk1955 05/05/2021, 8:27 am

    Scomo can’t come up with the appropriate materials in the Holgate affair yet took only days to lock down the whole country over a mild illness. Does scomo think everyone is so stupid? What he doesn’t want exposed is this damage caused by the boston consulting group and how this group wanted to destroy yet another taxpayer entity through government mismanagement and the pandering to large multinational companies waiting to steal AP from us. When did any courier keep letter costs at a standstill for 10 years?
    If you think your postage is too high now, wait till AP gets taken over by a dhl or fedex operation. How does $150 to send a hardcover book from Australia to the US, weighing 1.8 kg, tickle your pocketbook? That’s what these 2 thieves wanted to charge me to send a book from Oz to the USA. AP quoted $50. I did not send this book, instead selling it locally for a small profit.
    Anyone noted how many gov’t agencies that once dealt strictly in person with us are now just online and refusing any contact with the public, yet you still have to pay top dollar to use their “services”? One of the goals of the plandemic was to keep us from using the government agencies we fund with our productive labour in person. Stealing from us some small service we still pay for.

    • Cotter Pin 05/05/2021, 8:57 am

      Spot on, again, Luk.
      Holgate saw the potential in parcels as Amazon sold to the world. Trucking giants wanted delivery rights.
      Holgate’ s team dealt with three big companies to their satisfaction. But that meant some were left out.
      Enter the banks who have abandoned personal service, Holgate was clearly on way to fill the vacuum – which banks did not like.
      Consider how the govt really wanted to sell off Australia Post and had began closing branches.
      Holgate got the government, some truckers, and the banks off side in their plans.
      And Morrison was too bloody stupid to read the signs.

    • Steve 05/05/2021, 10:21 pm

      Exactly right

  • JK. 05/05/2021, 10:09 am

    I hope she takes them for millions, BUT, it should come out of their personal monies like wages, super, and what ever they can take off them, Not out of the tax payers wallets.

  • ozisceptic 05/05/2021, 11:00 am

    Yes,will still vote for him because of the COVID response that saved our bacon ( but how much of that was due to Hunt? )
    Doing the Chinese flight bans against the railings of media etc did take courage. ( or good advice and a little courage).
    But loosing it with Holgate because he was baited by the media shows something imperfect in his character. A bit of the coward perhaps? Wanting to please the media perhaps? or bad advisors?
    The Indian thing shows that he can be a little courageous and wise.

    • DT 05/05/2021, 1:01 pm

      A simple search regarding the history would explain that the OzPost executive gift matter is only part of what Labor Senator Kitching researched and exposed in the Senate which led to Labor’s attack on the Government, being the shareholder not management of the publicly owned business.

      I have no idea what the legal advisors are doing but it looks like concentrating on one of the least problematic matters exposed by Labor Senator Kitching.

      As usual comments in reply in the Parliament, in this case PM to Opposition Leader and other questions and answers pursued and received by Labor about OzPost are being targeted at the position of PM rather than the Board of Directors and Chairman.

      • Disgruntled 05/05/2021, 3:14 pm

        Seeing that you raised it DT; Just what was it that Kitching exposed that caused Morrison to explode? Please explain.

        No matter who was to have questions thrown at them it was the PM that done his decorum a bad turn with his quite inappropriate style of reply! It’s just not on in the current conditions.

        Actually, if he had paused for just a little moment he could have flicked the question towards the Board of Directors and Chairman and saved himself all the grief he now has and the probable high cost of “repair”. AND saved the embarrassment that a lot of ministers must now have.

        With his propensity for this sort of thing one has to wonder;; is he really fit for purpose? I don’t like to be too critical but golly he really does worry me!!

  • nev 05/05/2021, 11:34 am

    A lot gets said about our Christian Heritage. In my opinion it is correctly revered as the foundation of western democracy. To get an idea of what happens when we lose that, have a gander at the USA since the antichrist came to town!
    But from where I sit, the hip waggling, thigh slapping, vocalised mesmerism of what Morrison calls his religion, resinates more akin to thinly disguised cult with some worrying undertones. I think this is borne out by Morrison’s moral stance when dealing with people like Holgate as shown in the video below.
    How the PM and his cronies lied about their dealings with Holgate is exposed with pinpoint accuracy in this video by Robert Barwick from Australian Citizens Party.

    • nev 05/05/2021, 11:47 am

      Christian Heritage, not Christion

    • DT 05/05/2021, 1:03 pm

      Reminds me of the religion smears aimed at “The Mad Monk” who never continued to become a Priest and various other smears related to him being a Catholic.

      The spin doctors know how to wind ignorant people, ignorance meaning gullible who have not bothered to do their own research.

      Like a contributor here who believed that he was being very clever and cutting me down for referring to “Mansion”, the critic being unaware of or ignoring the letter to constituents that “Mansion” put out that led to Peta Credlin calling him “Mr Harbourside Mansion”. The not actually clever or well informed contributor suggested that I was envious of wealth.


      • Disgruntled 05/05/2021, 3:37 pm

        The left and that side of politics are trying as hard as they can to get religious thoughts and activities far removed! This goes right back to local government with some councils being totally atheist.
        This suits the agenda of total family destruction!

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