Monday, 11 September 2023
Questions without Notice
I'm asked about functions or dinner, when Alan Joyce was last at Kirribilli House or the Lodge and what discussions took place there. The question should go to the member for Cook, because he has never been at Kirribilli or the Lodge on my watch, not once. The last time he was there, Scott Morrison was the Prime Minister of Australia. The Leader of the Opposition went on 2GB last week and just asserted this to be a fact. It is a lie. It was a lie from the Leader of the Opposition, and it is typical of what they do. They want to just make anything up. They sided with Qantas when it grounded its fleet in 2011 and locked out its workforce. We stood up for the workforce. They sided with Qantas when its major competitor Virgin collapsed into administration in 2020. They sided with Qantas when it sacked and outsourced thousands of its workforce. They delivered $2.7 billion in taxpayer support, including almost $900 million in JobKeeper, without putting in place any mechanism to get funding back. You ask the question; you get the answer.
Honou rable members interjecting—