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Jetstar Senate inquiry not enough: Greens.

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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania

Jetstar Senate inquiry not enough - Greens

Senator Brown, 1st March 2007

Greens Leader Bob Brown today said the Senate inquiry into the Qantas sale (Keep Jetstar Australian) Amendment Bill should examine the sale of Qantas, not just how the sale will affect Jetstar.

"It is all very well to have an inquiry into how the sale will affect workers at Jetstar, but the tens of thousands of workers at Qantas deserve a public inquiry as well," Senator Brown said.

Senator Brown will submit the Greens' terms of reference to the Senate Economics Committee for consideration. The Committee will decide its own terms of reference in the absence of any from Senator Fielding.

The Greens' called for an inquiry into:

a. The proposed takeover of Qantas by the consortium Airline Partners Australia, including: i. the impact on air services to regional Australia and the tourism industry;

ii. the implications for Qantas' 38,000 employees and its customers and frequent flyers; iii. the implications of the proposed executive remuneration; iv. the track record of the potential new owners;

v. the competition implications of the sale and the potential taxation implications; vi. the level of debt Qantas will be required to carry; and vii. the implications for air safety. b. What conditions the government should require for a sale; c. The need to broaden and improve the regulatory environment covering

commercial arrangements which affect the national interest; and d. Other related matters.

"To hold a limited inquiry would be a waste of taxpayers' money. A month has already been wasted since the government voted against the Greens' proposal for an inquiry," Senator Brown said.

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