Senate debates

Monday, 11 September 2023

Questions without Notice

Aviation Industry

2:10 pm

Photo of Bridget McKenzieBridget McKenzie (Victoria, National Party, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Wong: I refer the minister to comments made last week by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, when she said regarding the government's rejection of Qatar Airways:

I consulted colleagues prior to the decision, but the decision was mine.

Can you confirm, given Minister King's claims she consulted with colleagues, that you, as this nation's foreign affairs minister, were consulted prior to her making this decision in the national interest on a matter of foreign relations? If so, what was the nature of that consultation and on what date did that, or those conversations, occur?


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