Many of those will be in my electorate of Cook in southern Sydney, as they will be in many parts of our city.
And this will be a hard few months, these are hard days in Australia. They’re very hard days. And our strength and our togetherness is tested on on almost a daily basis and Australians, continue to prove themselves strong,
But we’re going to really need to call on that strength in the months ahead, and certainly true of the Qantas family who will be hurting badly today.
I extend my, my deepest, my deepest regrets about what is had to be announced today.
The thing about Qantas employees, is they’re passionate about the company that they work for and the business they’re in and they understand that ultimately, that when you can’t put planes in the air, then the business can’t make money.
And I know that they will understand that but it won’t make it any easier.
And so I had a very good discussion last night with Alan Joyce, as he referred to today.
And we’ll certainly be continuing to do everything we currently are doing, [to support] other parts of the aviation sector.
But as I’ve said many times, there will be parts of our economy, that will feel the effects of the Covid recession, for much longer.
And that is true here in the entertainment industry and the media in the arts as well.
So, I, I reached out to those Qantas employees, not just those who obviously will be no longer with the company and say we will be there to support them through the many other programs, and to to assist them as they look for new opportunities and other parts of the economy as the Australian economy builds back.