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Qantas just another greedy monopolist.



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M E D I A S T A T E M E N T

Senator Stephen Conroy

Deputy Opposition Leader in the Senate Shadow Minister for Finance, Small Business & Financial Services

Sunday 9th February 2003

Qantas Just Another Greedy Monopolist

Labor Senator Stephen Conroy today condemned Qantas’ decision to surcharge its customers for using their credit cards whilst offering them no discount for cash.

Labor also condemned the Treasurer for taking no action to stop such blatant profiteering.

Labor called on Mr Costello to write immediately to the ACCC to authorise surveillance of the implementation of credit card reforms.

Unless surveillance powers are granted to the ACCC consumers will continue to be ripped off by the sort of big business profiteering we are now witnessing from Qantas.

Labor warned the Treasurer when the reforms were announced last September that the ACCC should be given surveillance powers to avoid big business profiteering and introduced a Private Members Bill to that effect.

Further information: Stephen Conroy: 0418 383 965 Jane McGill: 0402 11 22 55