House debates

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Questions without Notice

Qatar Airways

2:09 pm

Photo of Anthony AlbaneseAnthony Albanese (Grayndler, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Why hasn't DFAT contacted any of the women involved in the horrific incident in Qatar but left it solely to the AFP? Why hasn't the Prime Minister talked to his counterpart in Qatar? Why hasn't the Minister for Foreign Affairs talked to her counterpart in Qatar? Why is it that the government has known about this incident since 2 October but it only came to light on Sunday?

2:10 pm

Photo of Scott MorrisonScott Morrison (Cook, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

The government has registered its strong disapproval and outrage at these events. We have done that directly with the Qatari government. I am appalled by these events. I cannot imagine—as I said today, I shudder at the invasive nature of what has occurred here, and the Australian government will continue to pursue these matters directly with the Qatari government. We have received the assurance that we will have the investigator's report on the matter. That will be provided to us. We expect to receive that before the end of this week, and we'll be taking further action after we have had the opportunity to review that investigative report.