The probe comes after figures in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s coalition reacted angrily after Ms Holgate denied using taxpayer funds to reward leaders.
Australia Post paid more than $ 97 million in bonuses to staff last year, while hospitality and corporate box expenses at major sporting events in Melbourne and Sydney were among the perks available to them. senior employees.
About $ 10 million in bonuses went to the sales staff.
Indignation “made up”
Industry Minister Karen Andrews said the investigation would examine whether or not the giveaways were “a one-time problem or whether it is systemic.”
“I don’t think Australians generally have a problem with people being paid appropriately. What they have a problem with is taking advantage of it,” she told ABC TV on Sunday. .
“If you make a big salary then maybe you can pay for your own hair and makeup, maybe you can do the pretty basic things everyday Australians do to take care of yourself and not constantly watch how you are going to increase your earnings by drawing on public funds.
But former Australian civil service commissioner Andrew Podger said some of the outrage was “complied” because Australia Post was a public company that was supposed to act like a commercial enterprise.
“It seems weird to get excited about a watch when all state-owned companies pay much higher performance bonuses than that every year like any large company,” he said.
“The people had actually made a business gain for the company and the shareholders of the government.”
Business transparency could be improved. Of 155 access to information requests reviewed in fiscal year 2019-2020, only 17 resulted in full access. Disclosures of information were denied in their entirety in 111 cases, with partial access granted in 14. Requests withdrawn totaled 13.
A group of licensed post office operators rallied to defend Ms Holgate, writing to Mr Morrison and pledging $ 5 contributions to pay off the watch’s $ 20,000 bill.
Opposition Leader Tony Burke accused the Coalition of “fictitious anger”, suggesting the government conveniently overlooked other embezzlement of taxpayer dollars.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher is set to release the terms of reference for the investigation this week.