Pauline Hanson vows to oust Australia Post board over CEO’s pay

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has already called on the Australia Post CEO to volunteer for a pay cut
Australians have been angered by big pay at Australia Post as services have declined.

Pauline Hanson has vowed to oust the Australia Post board over the huge pay packages it signed off for the company’s top executives.

But the One Nation leader has been been accused of racism by a Greens senator, who says she’s making a targeted attack on Australia Post’s Muslim boss Ahmed Fahour.

Hanson used a debate in the Senate today to call for the board of the postal company to be sacked over what she called the “disgusting” pay awarded to Fahour and other executives.

“The Australia Post board has proved itself incapable of bringing remuneration in line with community expectations,” she said, adding that she would try oust the board by bringing a private member’s bill.

But Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson called Hanson’s pursuit of the Fahour, a Lebanese-born Muslim, racist.

“Don’t think you can use this chamber for racist witch-hunts and get away with it,” he told the Queensland senator.

Fahour’s pay came under fire from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull amongst others last week after it emerged that the Australia Post CEO was paid $5.6 million in salary and bonus for the past financial year. 

Australia Post paid the government a $20 million dividend in the same year, according to Hanson,

Turnbull has called on Fahour, who is Australia’s highest-paid public servant, to volunteer for a pay cut.

Do you think Pauline Hanson’s criticism of the Australia Post board is warranted? Is Peter Whish-Wilson right to accuse her of a “racist witch hunt”?

  1. Kay  

    Why is it that when a person speaks the truth and no one likes it – they call it racist! That is the most misused word in the English language. There needs to be more Pauline Hansons in this world that have the intestinal fortitude to speak the truth. People don’t seem to be able to handle the truth! She’ll get my vote any day

    • Dilemia  

      I agree with you entirely . maybe it is time for all senior public servants payouts to be made public.

    • Sue Coutts  

      Some people are racist – but most people are socially prejudiced which is this case is exactly what Pauline Hanson is saying. It is socially unacceptable for this person to be giving himself this pay and get away with it. Big difference between social prejudice and racism! And I agree people throw this racist word about to suit their own ends and take the eye off the real issue!

  2. Kay  

    Why is it that when some one speaks the truth and no one likes it – they call it racist! That is the most misused word in the English language!

  3. Diandra  

    If I hear that limp word “racist” one more time I will kneecap whoever says it.

  4. Roy Bridges  

    Should not be payed that amount the same job in USA $544,00 .,what about all the people who got the sack at Aus poet who cares about the? Also he has not done a great job. They should all go.

  5. Bronwyn Schulz  

    I am not a fan of Pauline, but this is not about racism, this is about a ridiculous income, that should never have been allowed. I agree sack the board and terminate all the executives or give them a choice take a pay cut or walk. And maybe the board members should pay the termination costs. Make board members accountable for the decisions they make.

  6. Moira  

    I agree with Pauline. And, if this was a racist rant, why is she calling for all the CEO`s to go ?? Australians call a spade a spade. even if the CEO was Australian we would all be saying the same thing !!

  7. doug  

    What race is Ahmed Fahour? What are the physical and genetic markers for the race?
    What religion is he? Ah, that’s a very different question. Seems to be becoming increasingly prevalent that when an argument lacks substance the user then throws in the racism card. Bottom line is that the fella is obtaining remuneration far beyond the position’s worth. Fact is that the person’s signing off on the remuneration have erred. By not acting in the best interests of australia post the whole board needs to be replaced. Where, why, how etc etc is any of this “racial”. I repeat, lack of substance? Toss in the ol “racism” furphy.

  8. kevin adams  

    Can’t the Greens find at least one person with a brain to stand for the Senate?

  9. Lesley Sullivan  

    Nothing to do with racism. All to do with a ridiculous amount being paid to a public servant. Totally agree with Pauline.

  10. MickL  

    Two wrongs do make a right. Australia Post board is wrong, Senator W-W is wrong and Pauline Hanson is right.

    When are the greens going to find someone with substance rather than trotting out leftist platitudes. Surely even they can see the sense in this argument. Why also didn’t Senator W-W also call our PM a racist, isn’t that discriminatory?

  11. Diana  

    What absolute nonsense! Pauline Hanson is discussing the CDEO’s wages and couldn’t care whether what place he comes from. It would be the same argument if he was a white Australian.
    It seems to me that Sarah Hanson-Young is the racist, because she blatantly attacks every adverse comment – no matter what the context – as soon as she discovers that the person is any other race than white Australian. This is reverse racism and needs to be turned back on this very very silly woman.

    • Diana  

      Just realised that this comment was made by Peter Whish-Wilson who seems to be stamped with the same ire as Sarah Hanson Young so I make no appology for calling her a reverse racist, as she takes comments out of context whenever she gets a chance.

  12. Noel Pidgeon  

    Where do the Greens find all these barking mad clowns? If they are representative of the Greens supporters it would be a hoot to witness their annual conference.

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