Monday, 11 September 2023
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Prime Minister. On what date was Mr Alan Joyce last at Kirribilli House, at the Lodge or on board the Prime Minister's private plane, and was the application for additional flights to and from Australia by Qatar Airways discussed?
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—
A point of order on relevance, Speaker, it was a specific question: at Kirribilli House, at the Lodge or on board the Prime Minister's private plane, on what date did he last have discussions with Mr Alan Joyce?
And what are they doing now with the legislation that is before the House on labour hire loopholes? Once again, this will have a financial impact on some companies. We don't deny that, because we want workers to be paid properly. We don't want loopholes to be used in order to increase profits at the expense of workers being employed properly, at the expense of undermining enterprise bargaining. The Leader of the Opposition made an assertion last week on radio, backed up by their tactics committee approving this question today, based on a complete falsehood, something of which they are very, very aware.