May 15, 2021

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Australia news live: Christine Holgate says she was ‘bullied’ out of her job

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1.56am BST

Former Australia Post boss Christine Holgate is at the Senate inquiry now and is not holding back in her opening statement, swearing the men involved in her dismissal will be “held to account”.

I do not want what happened to me to happen to any individual ever again in any workplace. I have only ever wanted what was best for Australia Post and its people. I have passionately wanted to help the organisation grow and to support the communities of Australia to thrive.

Yet I lost my job, a job that I loved, because I was humiliated by our prime minister for committing no offence and then bullied by my chairman. Lucho unlawfully stood me down under public direction of the prime minister. This made my leadership at Australia Post untenable and seriously threatened my health.

Holgate resigned from Australia Post on 1 November, 10 days after a Senate estimates hearing revealed she had used company funds to purchase four Cartier watches as a thank-you for senior executives involved in the [email protected] project – an initiative franchisees have credited with saving their businesses.

The designer watches, worth $20,000 in total, had been awarded as bonuses two years before the October 2020 Senate estimates hearing. There were immediate calls for an investigation into the gifts and Scott Morrison castigated Holgate, telling the parliament if Holgate did not “wish [to stand aside] she can go” that same day.

1.44am BST

Environment group the Humane Society International has nominated the spectacled flying fox for a critically endangered listing under Australia’s environmental laws due to what they say are “catastrophic” drops in population numbers in recent years.

The bat is found in northern Queensland and is an important pollinator in rainforests in the wet tropics.

Related: Spectacled flying fox declared endangered after Queensland heatwave wipeout

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Even though the spectacled flying-fox endangered listing was made after the shocking Cairns heat stress event, it was actually a delayed decision and didn’t reflect the catastrophic losses the species experienced.

We now have a clearer picture of the event’s consequences and there’s no question an uplisting to critically endangered is appropriate and necessary.

We cannot delay further protections any longer or we will be witnessing the end of a keystone species.

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