As we head off for a wheatgrass shot, what have we learned from this parliamentary day?
- It takes three daughters to make a feminist dad;
- So Tony Abbott is a feminist;
- The Coalition has a Plan A for Qantas;
- The government is not in the business of revealing personal information about people. Unless they are an asylum seeker; and
- Labor loves WA. Like, seriously enough to create a whole frontbench position in its honour.
That's it from Andrew Meares, Alex Ellinghausen and I.
We'll be back tomorrow (that's a signature policy).
The latest on the AEC comes ahead of a parliamentary hearing tomorrow.
The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters will continue its investigation into the lost WA ballot papers.
It will take evidence from Mick Keelty for an hour in the morning.
A hearing with acting Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers is planned for next week.
This talk has come just in time.
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The AEC has also just released a statement announcing it will make a payment of $2,000 each to 44 candidates endorsed by political parties who stood for the West Australian Senate last September.
"Defective administration resulted in the need to hold a new WA half Senate election," the AEC says.
(Eighteen other candidates have already had their money refunded as they had achieved 4 per cent or more of first preference votes.)
Woe is the AEC.
In an exclusive story from Jonathan Swan, we learn that the Australian Electoral Commission faces two more audits after the bungled WA Senate vote.
There has already been one investigation by former AFP commissioner Mick Keelty.
But there will be one further audit examining the "transport and storage" of ballot papers last year.
And another to examine whether the AEC changed its processes as promised after a damning report in the wake of the 2007 federal election.
And that's gotta to be worth a wink.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
I'm the shadow parliamentary secretary for Western Australia.
Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan during question time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Who the hey is 'Madam Seeker'?
Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke during question time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Trust me, Cory.
I find your views about families just as weird as you find mine.
Ewen Jones during question time. Photo: Andrew Meares
There's this French word I know that is really appropriate right now.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during question time. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Sorry we're late.
The cat ate our debt guarantee.
Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
The Senate is also debating a matter of public importance of its own.
"The failure of the Abbott government to adequately responsd to the Manus Island incident."
I suppose by their very nature, MPIs don't tend to be on very cheerful subjects.
When you think about it, $425,000 is not that much given all the speeches you have to make and hands you have to shake.
And all. That. Small. Talk.
Apart from more debate on the carbon tax repeal (in the Senate) and a whole bunch of questions on Qantas (in the House), what else has been happening in parliament today?
A pay rise for the Governor-General for one.
The House today passed a bill to increase the G-G's salary from $394,000 to $425,000.
This will take effect when Peter Cosgrove is sworn in, later this month.
(It needs to pass the Senate, but has bipartisan support.)
Liberal frontbencher Jamie Briggs told the chamber it was a long-standing practice to link the G-G's salary amount to that of the chief justice of the High Court.
Social Services minister Kevin Andrews during question time. Photo: Andrew Meares
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews - who has recently authored a book about modern marriage and was praised by Bernardi this morning - was also in QT today.
FYI, he has a website for said book - Maybe 'I do' - right here.
"The greatest threat facing the western world is not climate change or global warming," Andrews writes.
"It is not the continuing financial crisis. Nor is it the threat of radical Islam. The greatest threat is within. It is the steady, but continuing breakdown of the essential structures of civil society – marriage, family and community."
Coalition MP Ewen Jones has called in to Fairfax Radio in Canberra about his response to Cory Bernardi's views about family structures in the Coalition's joint parties meeting this morning.
The most important thing about families is "whether the children are loved, whether the children are cared for and respected," Jones says.
He says the view that the only way to bring up a child properly is in a traditional family is "something from the 1950s".
Jones says he was a single dad for a few years when his first marriage broke down.
"My daughters are now 21 and 19. And they are beautiful, responsible ... fantastic human beings."
Ewen Jones arrives for question time. Photo: Andrew Meares
While this debate continues (the Coalition's Luke Hartsuyker is now talking about a hand up vs a hand out for Qantas), we bring you a picture of Stephen Jones. Taking his place on Labor's frontbench this afternoon.
Labor MP Stephen Jones takes a frontbench spot during question time: Alex Ellinghausen
Labor seizes the opportunity at the end of question time to bring on discussion about a matter of public importance.
Namely: "the national interest in maintaining aviation jobs in Australia".
Bill Shorten tells the House that the "real issue of this issue" is that the government wants "to turn the spirit of Australia into the ghost of Australia".
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaks on Qantas. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
At 3.10pm and 23 questions, the PM calls an end to QT.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time. Photo: Andrew Meares for The Pulse
Labor's health spokeswoman Catherine King asks the PM about Fiona Nash.
It's about that time of the day for an Alastair Furnival question.
I refer to the PM's statement during QT last Wednesday, that the Assistant Minister for Health has done nothing wrong.
If this is the case, will the PM release the document detailing how the Minister's former chief-of-staff's conflict of interest was to be managed?
If not, why not?
Abbott says that the government respects people's confidentiality.
"It is not in the business of revealing personal information about people."
Albo has a question for the PM.
It refers to reports of airlines volunteering to pay the carbon tax.
When will you act in the national interest, rather than playing politics with our national airline?
"Does anyone seriously believe ... that at a time like this, Qantas wants to pay $116 million [in] carbon tax?" the PM replies, eyebrows skywards.
"It's just crackers."
Labor's Mark Dreyfus is kicked out in the process.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pointing to report "Qantas contradicts govt: 'carbon tax not to blame'". Check out the finger! Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Prime Minister Tony Abbott in discussion with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison does not get pulled up during his Dixer on the number of asylum seeker boats arriving.
Even though he uses the wrong address:
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Andrew Meares
Bill Shorten is in troubs with Madam Speaker.
She says she has noticed him getting to his feet before the minister answering has completed their question.
This has led to him getting the call "because he was on his feet".
She is going to give an extra call to the government benches to "even it up".
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Labor's Lisa Chesters also does not survive a question from Albo to Andrew Robb on tourism and Qantas.
Labor MPs have not taken long to take to social media and voice their views on berries.
To be fair, Pyne is talking about a "blueberry-led recovery" in Tasmania ...
"I say to the Tasmanian voters [ahead of the state election on March 15], if you want a bright future for Tasmania, vote for a party that is going to support a future economy that is real ...
The future for Tasmania is not going to be found in a Greens-Labor alliance in thatched roof houses with swirling smoke coming out of their chimneys in lovely hamlets like the shire out of Lord of the Rings."
Whoa kids, Terri Butler - only just sworn in last week as Rudd's replacement - has been kicked out of QT.
She was warned earlier, but a Dixer to Christopher Pyne on the University of Tasmania proves to be her downfall.
Member for Griffith Terri Butler. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
BS back to TA (again)
I refer to the Deputy PM's reported comments that there is no Plan B for Qantas.
Given that the Prime Minister knows that his package has no chance of passing Parliament ... why is there no Plan B to save our national carrier?
The PM begins by talking about previous Labor governments that have been great and reforming.
And has a dig at the current Labor leader for being "good at complaining and hopeless at leading".
This sees Labor frontbencher Mark Dreyfus raise a relevance point of order.
He begins by addressing Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker.
"Madam Speaker, to you," she shoots straight back.
(Unsurprisingly, the point of order goes nowhere.)
As the PM is asked yet another question from Labor about Qantas, the RBA keeps interest rates on hold.
Glenda Kwek has the story here.
Ha ha. Jokes about Wyatt Roy's age never get old.
The member for Longman has asked Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce about the impact of the carbon tax on agribusiness.
Joyce then notes that the 23-year-old remains the youngest member of the House, "and will be for decades".
Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time. Photo: Andrew Meares
BS has another roo question for the PM.
Will you confirm that a debt guarantee for Qantas was under active consideration by the government as late as yesterday [when cabinet considered the Qantas issue]?
"They asked for it, we thought about it and we rejected it," Abbott replies.
A Dixer to Greg Hunt on the tax de carbon is too much for Queensland Labor MP and author Graham Perrett.
He is kicked out for an hour.
Labor MPs Nick Champion and Graham Perrett. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Bowen comes back to Hockey with a question.
And it too has a quote!
Does he still hold the following view ..."I'm very concerned about any dilution of Australian control of Qantas. We've been concerned for a number of reasons ... Our experience has been that when companies have majority foreign ownership or majority foreign control, then it actually has had an impact on the social responsibility of those companies in Australia."
The Treasurer's answers is a short one.
"In relation to Qantas ... no."
Joe Hockey is Dixered on removing restrictions on businesses. And creating the environment for competition and growth.
He reads from Chris Bowen's 2013 book, Hearts and Minds.
But before anyone gets too excited, the Treasurer informs the House that he borrowed the book from the library.
"Don't worry, I didn't buy it," he says.
He goes on to quote Bowen: "Political parties have a choice, they can lead the debate on foreign investment or they can follow it ... Foreign investment is a good thing for Australia."
Treasurer Joe Hockey displays a book written by Chris Bowen during question time. Photo: Andrew Meares
The crossbench question is from Andrew Wilkie to the PM.
Will you rule out allowing super trawlers in Australian waters?
It was banned and will stay banned, TA replies.
Albo comes back at Truss to complete the Double Warren.
I refer to the minister's December comment about amending the Qantas Sale Act where he said, 'It would simply be a waste of time and political energy.'
And he went on to say that this course of action was not favoured by 'the majority of the Australian people'.
I ask the Deputy PM why is this now the government's sole initiative to assist Qantas?
Truss says that Qantas' position has "become markedly worse" since then.
It's credit rating has been downgraded, "it's losses continue to mount".
The Deputy PM then swings his way back to safety and the carbon tax repeal.
"That will make a difference."
Nationals MP Andrew Broad has the next Dixer. And he lobs it Warren Truss' way.
Will the minister update the House on how the government's proposal to repeal part 3 of the Qantas Sale Act will allow Qantas to stay competitive while still preserving the heritage of this Australian airline?
Truss implores Labor to give the airline "a chance".
Qantas is not going to move, "no matter who owns them".
"Their proudest boast is that they're Australian."
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss during question time. Photo: Andrew Meares
BS follows up with another why send jobs overseas number.
"To those who are fearful of the future, I say look at Virgin," the PM replies.
The primo Dixer is also on Qantas. And also to the PM.
It comes courtesy of David Coleman, a NSW Liberal MP.
What steps is the government taking to ensure that Qantas has a strong future as one of the world's great airlines?
1. "Take the shackles away" (re: the Qantas Sale Act); and
2. "Repeal the carbon tax."
... And the first question is from BS to TA and is on Qantas.
i.e. how does exporting Qantas jobs to other countries help Qantas jobs in Australia?
Tony Abbott says he does not understand why any Australian would want to see "the big flying kangaroo disadvantaged".
You can tell he likes the big flying kangaroo line.
It gets a repeat.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives with Immigration minister Scott Morrison for question time. Photo: Andrew Meares
Uh ... just before QT, Steve Irons, Liberal MP, is promoting an upcoming BBQ this Thursday for rare diseases.
He says he is catering individually for MPs.
Including Italian sausages for Albo, a steak for Clive and hot meat pies for Bill Shorten ...
"Given the increasing number of non-traditional families, there is a temptation to equate all family structures as being equal or relative."*
Senator Cory Bernardi during the debate on the Carbon Tax Repeal Bill in the Senate on Tuesday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
The PM announced an "interdepartmental committee" on intercountry adoption last December, to make it "much much easier" for Australian couples to adopt children from overseas.
The committee has received more than 100 submissions and will report to government ahead of the next COAG meeting in April.
He is receiving strong support from actor Deborra-Lee Furness, the founder of National Adoption Awareness Week.
"This will change the trajectory of so many children's lives," she told Channel Nine this morning.
"What could be better than giving an orphan child the love of parents," the PM told Channel Nine earlier today.
"That's what we're all about here."
Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with Catherine McDonnell, John O'Neill and Helen McCabe from Adoption Awareness with Attorney General George Brandis. Photo: Andrew Meares
Tony Abbott has also met with National Adoption Awareness Week board members in his sitting room.
This comes as the government recognises adoptions from Taiwan, South Korea and Ethiopia.
The changes will end lengthy court processes and waiting times for adoptive parents, as Matthew Knott writes.
As it stood before today, families who received an adoption compliance certificate from a Hague Convention country automatically had their adoption recognised under Australian law.
But this was not the case for Taiwan and South Korea.
(Even though the Ethiopia adoption program has now closed, there are still some families in Australia waiting to finalise their adoptions.)
Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with Catherine McDonnell, John O'Neill and Helen McCabe from Adoption Awareness with Attorney-General George Brandis in the PM's sitting room. Photo: Andrew Meares
Despite already having his say on matters of the day, the member for Fairfax is not actually in Canberra this afternoon.
Clive Palmer has just announced a 2pm (AEST) press conference on Qantas ... on the Gold Coast.
That Oscars selfie is inspiring many rip offs.
Unfortunately, Tony Abbott does not make this Ukraine/Russia-themed picture.
(Perhaps making him the Liza Minelli of international politics?)
In another report from the Coalition party room, Cory Bernardi has received a hearty slap down for his stance on traditional families.
James Massola and Jonathan Swan write:
"This morning Bernardi singled out Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews for praise for his ''defence'' of traditional family units.
Bernardi, who holds strong conservative views, read out part of an opinion piece Andrews had written on the topic.
He then joked that his senior colleague should be careful about airing his view – some of which Bernardi had echoed in his book The Conservative Revolution – drawing considerable criticism from the Left.
But Ewen Jones then stood up and told his colleagues that he had been a single parent, and had a close family friend who was gay.
The Queensland MP said it was more important that children were loved, rather than that both parents be of the same gender.
His comments drew a rousing round of applause from the Coalition room."
James Massola reports on the Coalition's meeting this morn.
Transport Minister and Deputy PM Warren Truss has admitted to his colleagues that the government does not have a Plan B if its attempt to repeal part of the Qantas Sale Act fails to pass the Senate.
Ron Boswell asked what would happen if the legislation was blocked in the upper house.
Truss replied: "there is no Plan B."
As we've noted before, with Labor, the Greens and the PUPs opposed to the Sale Act idea, another option might be a tres useful thing to have.
We hope Stephen Jones's promotion does not have an impact on his question time performance.
Jones is one of the best hecklers on the Labor backbench.
It would be a shame if he was given a seat in better earshot of Madam Speaker.
The member for Throsby is also noted for his support of same-sex marriage.
Jones introduced the private member's bill that was defeated in 2012.
MacTiernan promises to be a colourful addition to the Labor team.
Last week in a speech to the House, she talked of her Irish ancestry and how people there died of petulance.
(This was quickly corrected to "pestilence".)
Interesting that we have a special frontbench gig for Western Australia just as it heads back to the ballot box for the Senate, no?
As per usual on a sitting week Tuesday morning, everyone has had their party room meetings.
In the Labor caucus meeting, the opposition voted for some new additions to its frontbench team.
This comes after WA MP Melissa Parke stepped down last month as shadow assistant minister for health for personal and family reasons.
Bill Shorten has announced that NSW MP Stephen Jones was elected to replace Parke.
A new position has also been created: shadow parliamentary secretary for Western Australia.
This goes to member for Perth, Alannah MacTiernan.
MacTiernan was only just elected to federal parliament (replacing Stephen Smith), but is a former state minister for planning and infrastructure.
MacTiernan will also be made shadow parliamentary secretary for regional development and infrastructure.
James Massola also has the latest on Qantas.
As he notes, along with Labor and the Greens, Clive Palmer has indicated that the Palmer United Party will oppose the government's proposed changes.
Clive reckons the "rapid decline" in the value of Qantas' fortunes is "the result of board and management failure".
This is no mere crossbench rant. PUP may have balance of power in the Senate come July 1.
Can you imagine Kevin Rudd ever describing Australia as a "relatively small country a long way away?"
Earlier this morning, while talking to Karl, Tony Abbott said that "the only way to resolve" the situation was for "Russia to pull back".
The Today show host then pressed him on what many others are thinking.
The problem is – as you know only too well – Vladimir Putin does not seem to care what any foreign leader is warning against him doing in terms of actions right now. So, what are you going to do? What is the world going to do to counteract him?
"That’s a good question ... because, in the end, when you're up against a bully you're often faced with doing nothing or doing something and doing something can have very dire consequences indeed," the PM said.
"But Australia is consulting with our friends and allies and while we are a relatively small country a long way away, we are consulting with our friends and allies and we do hope that decency and justice will prevail."
Australia's UN ambassador Gary Quinlan told the meeting that Australia supports plans to deploy international monitors to the region and called for an immediate de-escalation of the crisis.
The situation in Ukraine also continues to meet the textbook definition of "scary".
US correspondent Nick O'Malley reports that Russia has told the UNSC that it has occupied Crimea at the request of ousted Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovich - in order to protect civilians from armed extremists.
The American ambassador Samantha Power dismissed the Russian position.
"Listening to the representative of Russia, one might think that Moscow had just become the rapid response arm of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights," she said.
"So many of the assertions made this afternoon by the Russian Federation are without basis in reality."
What else is hoppening?
Tom Allard reports on the latest from the International Court of Justice.
Australia has been ordered to stop spying on East Timor and its legal advisers.
And seal documents and data seized in an ASIO raid last December.
Not a peachy one for Attorney-General George Brandis.
Christine Milne and Madam Speaker on Tuesday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Also in attendance at the breakfast were two other prominent females at Parliament House, Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Greens leader Christine Milne.
(Is it against the spirit of IWD to note that those are some cool shoes that Madam Speaker is wearing?)
Morrison's message - posted last June - has more than 1.4 million hits on YouTube.
Labor MP Julie Collins, Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek, Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison and Senator Penny Wong. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
And of course, last year, Army chief David Morrison became an unlikely feminist hero.
Responding to revelations of another sex scandal within ADF ranks, he posted a video message to members of the army, telling those who thought it was OK to demean women to "get out".
No wonder both government and opposition female MPs were keen to have a chat this morning.
Speaker Bronwyn Bishop, Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison and Senator Michaelia Cash. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
The ADF haven't always had a squeaky reputation when it comes to the treatment of women.
But look here at General David Hurley, pulling out NSD's chair.
(Also, if you look closely at the table setting, it appears the PM BYO'd his own coffee to the breakfast function ...)
Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley pulls the chair out for Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
In between the speeches, BS was of course seated on the same table as the PM, along with Julie Bishop, DFAT head Peter Varghese, Defence chief David Hurley and Women's Ambassador Natasha Stott Despoja.
Is that a dream dinner party lineup or what?
The Pulse understands that during the smalltalk, the Labor leader talked to Bishop about her exercise regime.
Shorten went on to talk of the importance of equality in all levels of education and equality in pay.
"I do not believe we can leave here after a lovely breakfast and great conversation and simply rest until every girl, around the world, has the opportunity to go to secondary school and indeed to further studies afterward," he said.
"The gender pay gap is real - and often underestimated ... if we're serious about getting equal pay for women, we need to work to lift the pay of occupations dominated by women.
We should understand in this country that we've been reasonably good at paying people for their intellectual contributions, and indeed their physical contributions.
But as a nation, we've been tardy about recognising the emotional contribution of people at work.
And a lot of that work is done by women."
Labor leader Bill Shorten also addressed the breakfast and also spoke of his daughters.
Clementine will start school next year. Georgette is one year away from high school.
"What my wife Chloe and I want for them is what I believe every parent wants for their child in their first year of primary school, or their first year of secondary school:
We want our daughters to be safe and resilient, to make friends and to have their love of learning supported by a great teacher at a great school."
Abbott remembered that in his "un-reconstructed days" he was a strong supporter of the baby bonus (which by the way, expired at the start of this month).
He then compared his conversion to paid parental scheming to Richard Nixon's visit to China.
(what is it with MPs today and US politics?)
"Now, it’s always a bit disconcerting when something happens that you don't expect," the PM said.
"It is a little disconcerting when a conservative, when a traditionalist such as myself, comes up with something which is not regarded as a conservative and a traditional position.
It is a bit like when Nixon went to China, conservatives thought, 'my God, has he suddenly abandoned the faith?'
Progressives thought, 'my God, is China no longer a progressive country?'
The truth is this was a historic breakthrough.
This was one of those moments when people from all sides of politics needed to realise that a watershed had been reached."
Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the International Women's Day breakfast. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Tony Abbott told the crowd that it was "really good" to see such a cross-section of the Parliament.
"This shows that we are totally committed to trying to ensure genuine and complete equality between men and women," he said.
"I have to say that, once upon a time, I may not have felt quite so comfortable addressing a breakfast like this as I do now. As my wife, Margie, quipped some time ago: 'what is it that turns an un-reconstructed bloke into a feminist?
There really was a who's who in the Mural Hall this morning for the breakfast.
From both sides of politics.
As it turns out, pastry is a bi-partisan issue.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott greets Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
During all this, the PM and BS still found time to attend a parliamentary breakfast for International Women's Day.
And why not? There was fruit and croissants as well as feminism.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott greets Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during the International Women's Day parliamentary breakfast. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Choicest roo line from the morning, however?
Surely Labor's Kelvin Thomson is the frontrunner, for comparing the decision on Qantas to the US military in the Vietnam War.
"It reminds me of the Americans who said in relation to Vietnam, 'We had to destroy the village in order to save it.'"
You can understand why Qantas is already talking Plan B.
Labor and the Greens are not lining up to wave the Sale Act changes through the Senate.
As Greens deputy Adam Bandt put it last night:
"It is disappointing Treasurer Joe Hockey got rolled in cabinet, because Tony Abbott is out to kill Qantas as our national carrier."
What does Qantas say?
In a statement released last night, it says it needs "immediate action".
"If this proposal by the government to change the Qantas Sale Act is not passed, we would expect the government and the Parliament to consider alternative measures to balance the unlevel playing field in Australian aviation."
The PM has also addressed the nation over their buckwheat pancakes via breakfast TV appearances on both Channel Nine and Channel Seven.
As he told the Today show:
"Karl, what we're on about is giving Qantas its freedom."
It has been talking points at twenty paces this morning, with every MP and their roo out to offer their opinion.
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has told Sky News that the Coalition is a "government that doesn't know how to do business with business".
Treasurer Joe Hockey has told ABC Radio that "we are not writing out blank cheques".
"There are a lot of companies in Australia that would love to have a multibillion-dollar unsecured loan from the federal government."
(Just me, or does this remind you of parents in the supermarket telling their kids: "No, Matilda. Just wanting a 2 litre bottle of Coke is not a good enough reason for me to buy if for you ... "?)
Labor is not hoppy.
As Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has just told Fairfax Radio in Melbourne, he believes the government has been sending Qantas "mixed messages".
It is Labor's intention to block the proposes Sale Act changes in the Senate.
"From what they've said, yes."
First things first.
As Mark Kenny and James Massola report, last night cabinet decided that Qantas should be opened up to foreign investment.
It has rejected the debt guarantee idea and instead, wants to repeal key sections of the Qantas Sale Act.
It took them two hours to get to this point.
It's a grey and gloomy Tuesday in Canberra.
The sort that makes you spring out of bed and want to talk about NATIONAL CARRIERS.
Cabinet has made a decision about Qantas.
But what does this actually mean?