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Greens back Qantas support but with strings

Greens Leader Christine Milne and Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt have called on the government to support a loan guarantee or government investment in Qantas, but only if there are guarantees on protecting local jobs and conditions.

"There are strong economic and security reasons for Australia keeping a national carrier," Senator Milne said.

"Tony Abbott should not let more Australian jobs go to the wall. He needs to act.

"Australia is facing a jobs crisis, particularly in the south-east of the country. Qantas is a big employer and needs to stay in Australia."

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Greens accuse Qantas of political stunt in Hobart pull out

MEDIA RELEASE
15 January 2014

The Greens have slammed the decision made by Qantas management to pull out of operations in Hobart and fire 35 staff as a political stunt that ignores the interests of workers and customers.

"This announcement by Qantas is the latest in a series of decisions made by management designed to put political pressure on the federal government," Greens spokesperson for Transport Senator Rhiannon said.

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Senate calls on Government to seriously consider investing in Qantas

12 December 2013

The Australian Senate today passed a motion by Australian Greens spokesperson for Transport Senator Lee Rhiannon, noting the significant benefits of a majority Australian owned Qantas and calling on the government to seriously consider investing in the airline.

"After Holden's announcement yesterday, it has become even more important for the government to step in and protect Australian jobs," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Qantas management are escalating the issue by putting the jobs of thousands of their workers on the line.

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Qantas decision threatens maintenance future for Australia: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP says Qantas' decision to cut 500 heavy maintenance jobs threatens the future of airline maintenance in Australia.

 

Mr Bandt said Qantas' heavy maintenance was central to keeping the critical mass of skills needed for maintenance across the industry and the Federal government needs to take steps to secure a future for maintenance in the country. The government needs to establish the Industry Roundtable called for by the unions to address the future of the industry.

 

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