On 6 March 2014, the Senate referred the provisions of the Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report.
The bill proposes to repeal Part 3 of the Qantas Sale Act 1992, which stipulates the requirements regarding Qantas' articles of association. The bill would also amend the Air Navigation Act 1920, to allow Qantas to be included in the definition of an Australian international airline. In its examination of the provisions of the bill, the Committee has been asked to:
- evaluate the effect of the proposed amendments on the aviation sector and the broader Australian economy;
- scrutinise the detail and impact of the legislation, including any potential impact on other legislation; and
- consider the opportunities the amendments will provide for Qantas to increase its competitiveness through the harmonisation of Australia's aviation regulatory framework.
The Committee is due to report to the Senate by 24 March 2014. The Committee would like to receive written submissions by 14 March 2014.
Please note that this inquiry is separate from the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee's current inquiry into the future of Qantas.