Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NBN Co CEO Stephen Rue (Images: AAP)

NBN Co chief executive Stephen Rue earned more than $3 million last financial year, the highest taxpayer-funded salary in Australia after receiving a $1.2 million bonus -- despite NBN not meeting revenue forecasts.

As Australia suffers peak unemployment and a recession, taxpayers pay out big bucks for public figures. 

Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate

Despite staff redundancies, service and delivery day cuts, Australia Post pays its head honchos well. Holgate took home $1.6 million in 2019-20 -- down from $2.5 million after taking a voluntary 20% pay cut and deferring her bonus.