Chief executive Christine Holgate confirmed the $3000 Cartier watches were handed out as an award for working on the [email protected] agreement with three major banks.
“They were a small number of senior people who’d put an inordinate amount of work in,” she told a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Oct 22.
“They did receive an award on behalf of the chair, myself and the board.”
Labor senator Kimberley Kitching grilled chief financial officer Rodney Boys, who couldn’t say how the watches were paid for.
“You spent $12,000 on watches and you can’t tell me what credit card you put it on?” she said.
Boys said the organisation took great care of $7.4 billion worth of expenses.
Senator Kitching bristled at the extravagant gifts.
“Do you, Ms Holgate, consider it appropriate to use taxpayers’ money for Cartier watches for already highly remunerated Australia Post executives?” she asked.
But the chief of the government business enterprise said public money was not used.
“We do not receive government funding,” Holgate said.
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