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Vital Signs: Christine Holgate's 'principal' error was applying corporate logic to Australia Post

By Richard Holden, Professor of Economics, UNSW
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Perhaps the most important lesson from the Christine Holgate controversy is that the confluence of sexism and politics leads to double standards for female executives.

But Holgate’s demise – pushed from her position as Australia Post’s chief executive last November for gifting four senior executives Cartier watches (worth a total of almost A$20,000) in 2018 – is also a good example of how public-sector norms and private-sector competition don’t mix well.

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