Media release

Palmer United Party federal leader and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, has declared the Palmer United Party will oppose proposed changes to the Qantas Sale Act put forward by the Abbott government.

Mr Palmer said the Palmer United Party was committed to protecting and defending the rights of Australians to have a national carrier owned by Australians.

“The Palmer United Party will vote against the changes to the Qantas Sale Act if they come before the Senate after July 1 this year,” he said.

“We just can’t sell off assets when we’re in trouble and Australia needs to keep sovereign assets for Australian people.

“Qantas is a vital part of Australia’s fabric and Australians and people all around the world identify the Flying Kangaroo with Australia.

“It’s a worldwide brand and the government has a moral obligation to make sure we keep it in Australian hands.”

Mr Palmer said the rapid decline in Qantas’ fortunes was the result of the current board and management of the airline obfuscating their responsibilities.

”Billions of dollars have been wiped off the value of Qantas as a result of board and management failure,” he said.

“If they are not up to the task they should resign. Air New Zealand has gone from a basket case just a few years ago to now be making a healthy profit.

“Maybe the board and management of Air New Zealand should be employed by Qantas.”

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