People are pissed off with Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour's annual salary after prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the figure was "too high" on Wednesday morning.
The salary became public after Liberal senator James Paterson released documents from Australia Post that revealed Fahour had an annual salary of $4.4 million with a bonus of $1.2 million. YEAH THAT'S $5.6 MILLION.
Paterson was acting as the chairman of a Senate committee and said that as Fahour is a public servant his salary should not be hidden from taxpayers.
"We should expect at least the same level of transparency from a government business enterprise which has benefited for many years from government-granted monopoly protection," he said.
In January Australia Post wrote to the committee saying there was no public interest in disclosing the salaries of the most senior positions at the mail delivery service.
At a press conference on Wednesday morning, Turnbull criticised the massive pay packet as "too high".
After news broke of the gigantic salary, people immediately cried foul. Many referenced prime minister Turnbull's annual income of $507,338, wondering why the AusPost CEO was paid 10 times more than Australia's PM.
But most were just flabbergasted.
And left with no other avenue than to make jokes.
But at least Fahour is doing his job. Australia Post recorded a $36 million profit in 2015-16, following a $222 million loss in 2014-15.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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