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."