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Renewed hope for Qantas

The Senate Economics Committee's report into the proposed repeal of Part 3 of the Qantas Sale Act means that there is renewed hope for Qantas and its workers, Greens Spokesperson for Transport Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"Thanks to the non-government Senators who took part in the inquiry and have dissented from the Coalition's majority report, the Government's bill will not pass the Senate," said Senator Rhiannon.

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Productivity Commission Report Slams Coalition's Approach on Infrastructure

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13 March 2014

Productivity Commission Report Slams Coalition's Approach on Infrastructure

Commenting on today's release of the Productivity Commission's report on Public Infrastructure, Greens spokesperson for Transport Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"The Productivity Commission has taken a strong stand against the Abbott Government's support for expensive infrastructure projects that don't meet a rigorous cost-benefit test.

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Greens establish Qantas Senate inquiry - Calling Mr Joyce will be first priority

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6 March 2014

Greens establish Qantas Senate inquiry - Calling Mr Joyce will be first priority

The Australian Senate has just supported The Greens call for an inquiry into Qantas and potential forms of government assistance.

Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:

"When the inquiry begins The Greens will immediately move to have Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to be called to give evidence, and for Qantas' books to be opened up to examination.

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Greens will oppose Abbott’s destruction of Qantas

The Australian Greens have said they will strongly oppose Tony Abbott's plan to remove the protections in the Qantas Sale Act. They called on Labor to not join Tony Abbott in allowing any increase in foreign ownership of Qantas.

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP said today:

"It's disappointing Treasurer Joe Hockey got rolled in Cabinet, because Tony Abbott is out to kill Qantas as our national carrier."

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Tony Abbott needs to take on Qantas

Responding to massive job cuts announced by Qantas today, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt said:

"Today we've seen Alan Joyce announce he will sack more than 5,000 Qantas employees, almost one sixth of the total workforce, in response to Tony Abbott's demands that he cut costs.

"Unless the government secures an agreement to protect local jobs, any government support could just underwrite the offshoring of jobs."

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