Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed regret for comments which caused Christine Holgate “any distress” but reiterated it was the former Australia Post CEO’s decision to resign from the company.
The prime minister was probed on the three-hour Senate inquiry fronted by Ms Holgate on Tuesday.
“It was not my intention to cause distress to Christine Holgate and I regret distress that that strong language may have caused her and indeed did cause to her,” Mr Morrison said.
“What this issue was about … the appropriate way that taxpayers’ money and taxpayer companies are run.”
He stressed, however, it was Ms Holgate’s decision to depart Australia Post.
“The position was that … Christine Holgate would be able to stand aside while that review took place, she chose not just to do that, she chose ultimately while the review was underway to resign from the company.
“That was a matter between her and the chairman.”