8 January 2014
Time to consider govt ownership stake in Qantas
Responding to the Coalition push to weaken foreign ownership laws that retain Qantas in Australian hands Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the government to examine the benefits of government ownership of the national carrier.
"The Abbott government needs to intervene to protect jobs and the future of Qantas as Australia’s national carrier,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“At the end of the 2013 the Senate passed a Greens motion recognising the importance of an Australian owned Qantas.
“In parliament the Greens will not support changes to the Qantas Sale Act that would result in greater overseas ownership of Qantas. Such a move would most likely leave Australia without a national carrier.
“Any changes to the Qantas Sale Act need to prevent the loss of jobs to offshore.
“If the Coalition is serious about the security of our country, jobs growth and retaining a national airline they would be considering the benefits of taking an ownership stake in Qantas.
“This is the way to guarantee local jobs and to ensure Australia has a sustainable national carrier.
“The issues impacting on Qantas are complex. Many of the problems have been created by the privatisation of Qantas, which is now competing on overseas routes with government owned and subsidised airlines.
“This boosts the case for Australian government intervention,” Senator Rhiannon said.
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