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

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Lee Rhiannon 6 Mar 2014

MEDIA COMMENT
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.

"Given Mr Joyce has announced 5000 jobs will go and we are on the verge of losing our national carrier, it is vital that Mr Joyce and his senior management team explains the circumstances that have led to this.

"Clearly something has gone wrong with Qantas it is vital that we use the Senate inquiry to understand what has happened.

"This is an opportunity for the Senate to bring forward a solution that will protect the thousands of workers and their families who will pay the price if Abbott and Joyce get away with their brutal plans for Qantas.

"The Greens oppose Tony Abbott's proposed changes to the Qantas Sale Act, and that's why we have successfully fought for this inquiry - so the Senate can develop real solutions to protect Qantas as a national carrier with jobs onshore.

Terms of Reference
(1) That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 March 2014:
Supporting Qantas and Australian jobs, with particular reference to:

(a) what initiatives should be taken by Government and the Parliament to ensure Qantas remains a strong national carrier supporting aviation jobs in Australia, including:

(i) A debt guarantee;
(ii) An equity stake;
(iii) Other forms of support consistent with wider policy settings;

(2) In considering the merits of the above, the Committee should investigate:
(a) Any national security, skills, marketing, tourism, emergency assistance or other benefits provided by an Australian-owned Qantas;

(b) The level and forms of government support received by other international airlines operating to and from Australia;

(c) The ownership structures of other international airlines operating to and from Australia.

(d) The potential impact on Australian jobs arising from the Government's plan to repeal Part 3 of the Qantas Sale Act 1992;

(e) Any related matters.

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