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WA Premier Mark McGowan and Qantas boss Alan Joyce ‘kiss and make up’ but not without final dig

‘We kissed and made amends’: Mark McGowan and Alan Joyce bury the hatchet after their two-year bitter war of words, but not before the WA Prime Minister gets one last jab

  • Mark McGowan and Alan Joyce ‘Kissed and Made Up’ After Border Toush
  • WA PM says ‘ax buried’ after Joyce compared state to North Korea
  • However, Mr Joyce could not escape an unflattering comparison with Kim Jong Un
  • Qantas is preparing new non-stop international routes to depart from Perth. to fly

Qantas boss Alan Joyce and WA Prime Minister Mark McGowan all smiled as they insisted they had “kissed and made up” after a previous battle of words, but the politician still managed to get a final dig at the airline chief.

At a joint press conference, Mr. McGowan spoke of the confrontation the pair had when Mr Joyce compared WA to the isolated, hard-line communist state of North Korea for failing to open its borders in February.

Love may not have been lost between them earlier this year, but it was all smiles when WA Premier Mark McGowan and Qantas boss Allan Joyce hosted a joint press conference

Love may not have been lost between them earlier this year, but it was all smiles when WA Premier Mark McGowan and Qantas boss Allan Joyce hosted a joint press conference

“Allan and I kissed and made up, didn’t we?” said a jovial Mr. McGowan, directing the question to Mr. Joyce standing behind him.

“We have, the hatchet is well buried,” said Mr. Joyce.

“The hatchet is buried so far we can’t even find it,” Mr. McGowan replied.

When asked by a reporter if they had talked about North Korea, Mr. McGowan jumped at the opportunity to make his own unflattering comparison.

They insisted they 'kissed and made up' and the 'ax was buried' after icy exchanges when Mr Joyce compared Mr McGowan's state to North Korea

They insisted they ‘kissed and made up’ and the ‘ax was buried’ after icy exchanges when Mr Joyce compared Mr McGowan’s state to North Korea

“We did have a discussion about North Korea,” said Mr. McGowan.

“Actually, I was going to say that Alan’s glasses and hair look a lot like Kim Jong-un.”

Joyce didn’t seem to mind being physically compared to the North Korean dictator, whose fame was boosted by a sober dress style with flat haircuts and heavy black-rimmed glasses.

“And I said, ‘I thought we were going to eat at a Korean restaurant,'” interrupted Mr. Joyce, while Mr. McGowan was still at the microphone.

This 2017 photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shows a personal style the leader became famous for

This 2017 photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shows a personal style the leader became famous for

Joyce compared WA to North Korea after the state postponed the opening of its border in February for nearly a month to keep out Covid, missing a date he had set for reopening.

Mr McGowan said at the time that he did not “understand” the equation.

“If you compare us to North Korea, I think it’s a bit of an exaggeration,” he said.

‘A repressive dictatorship that kills hundreds of thousands of people compared to a successful democracy, full of freedoms and the best economy in the world. I think that’s an unfair comparison.’

Qantas is preparing to launch three more major international services flying out of Perth.

A non-stop flight to Rome starts on Saturday and from November there will be non-stop flights to Johannesburg and Jakarta.

The routes are supported by the WA government, which has pledged $195 million to its Reconnect WA package.

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