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Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Page: 762


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:06): My question is to the Prime Minister. In light of the Prime Minister's previous answer about Qantas, is the government's help for Qantas dependent on a reduction of thousands of jobs at Qantas?

Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:06): We want Qantas to be able to compete on a level playing field. We want Qantas to be able to compete in a low-tax, low-cost environment. We want Qantas to be able to manage the business in the best interests of customers, of shareholders and of workers. That is what we want. We want Qantas to survive. We want Qantas to flourish. We want it to maximise employment. That is what we want and the best thing that members opposite can do, if they are fair dinkum about helping Qantas, is scrap the carbon tax. It is a $106 million hit on Qantas. It is a $106 million hit on the jobs of Qantas workers—

Mr Perrett: One-trick Tony.

The SPEAKER: The member for Moreton will remove himself under 94(a)

The member for Moreton then left the chamber.

Mr ABBOTT: You know what the workers of Qantas and the workers right around Australia want? They do not want a tourist; they want a leader. They do not want someone who just feels their pain; they want someone who works for them. This government is working for the workers of Australia by scrapping the taxes that are hurting their jobs.