Morrison rushes to announce new Australia Post CEO before Senate hearing—what is he afraid of?

April 14 2021 Michael Moore Email:

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The Prime Minister is so terrified of the implications from the Senate’s inquiry into the unlawful removal of Christine Holgate that he has resorted to a brazen attempt to corrupt the process. His government and the Australia Post board have displayed extreme contempt for Parliament and due process by announcing a new CEO literally the day before the Senate hearing that is to resolve the question of Christine Holgate’s resignation and employment status.

The question Australians should demand every MP answer is: does this pass your stupid pub test?

Yesterday’s announcement is merely the latest in the series of illegal actions by Australia Post Chairman Lucio Di Bartolomeo that forced Christine Holgate out of the organisation, after Morrison had barked in Parliament: “She—can—go!” These actions are the subject of the Senate hearing today, which will seek to answer:

* Did Christine Holgate agree to stand aside, which is the only legal way she could have stood down, or did the Chairman lie?

* Did Christine Holgate actually resign as CEO or was the process misrepresented by the Chair?

* Was Christine Holgate’s offer to resign a case of “constructive dismissal”, whereby somebody is forced to resign by the intentional behaviour of their superiors?

* How does the treatment of Christine Holgate by the government and Liberal-stacked Australia Post board relate to the secret Boston Consulting Group Report the government is hiding from Parliament, which is understood to demand a service-cutting approach to managing Australia Post that Christine Holgate firmly opposed?

Many politicians, especially the Senators on the committee, are furious at yesterday’s pre-emptive announcement of a new Australia Post CEO. Senator Pauline Hanson, who moved the motion that established the inquiry, turned a blowtorch on Morrison: “The announcement of a new Australia Post chief executive and managing director today shows absolute arrogance on behalf of the prime minister and two of his most senior ministers,” she said. “As far as I’m concerned, the Prime Minister is nothing but an arrogant bully who has disregarded the efforts of the Senate to shine a light on the truth behind the Australia Post saga.

“Scott Morrison is attempting to deliberately destabilise witnesses ahead of tomorrow’s Senate inquiry.” Senator Hanson called it an “unmistakeable contempt of the process”.

The Chair of the inquiry, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, was equally incensed: “It’s shameful that the Morrison government is rushing to appoint a new CEO the day before Christine Holgate has the opportunity to air her allegations that she was ‘thrown under the bus’ and ‘humiliated’ in a manner not replicated by the Morrison government when it comes to the alleged misconduct of men in its ranks.”

And for the first time in this whole saga Labor didn’t equivocate: ALP communications spokeswoman Michelle Rowland said the announcemen