Over the weekend, the CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, received a fair amount of flak for publicly supporting gay marriage. He had written in his personal capacity to Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnball, making the case for marriage equality.
But that didn’t go down so well with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton who told a group from his Liberal Party: “If Alan Joyce or any other CEO wants to campaign on this or any other issue in their own time and own their own dime — good luck to them,”
“But don’t do it in the official capacity and with shareholders’ money. And certainly don’t use an iconic brand and the might of a multi-billion dollar business on issues best left to the judgment of individuals and decision makers.”
The stinging rebuke came after Joyce signed an open letter, along with 33 other business leaders posted on the Equalitycampaign.org.au website. In their letter, the influential bosses came out as supporting marriage equality and urged PM Turnball and his government to get it’s act together.
“The majority of Australians and MPs support this reform. We ask the Australian Parliament to deliver civil marriage equality for every Australian so that our nation can move forward as a more inclusive place to live, work and play,” the letter read.
It pointed out that two-thirds of Australians support marriage equality and over 1,000 Australian businesses have already signed a letter of support for marriage equality.
As the leader of Australia’s flagship airline, Joyce has now gone one step further and said that Qantas supports marriage equality. Pointing out that Qantas already supports gender equality and the rights of Indigenous people. He said Qantas “was pleased to include marriage equality on the list.”
“Qantas’ identity is the Spirit of Australia, and one of the most fundamental values in this country is the notion of a fair go.”
“Qantas is one of 200 Australian companies that has publicly pledged support for marriage equality because we don’t think some people should have fewer rights than others.”
As an Australian household name, Qantas argues it has an important part to play in the community. And on this topic, it isn’t going to back down.
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.