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Qantas takes off, into skies dark with certain uncertainties

Qantas takes off, into skies dark with certain uncertainties

It looks more like stormy rather than blue skies ahead for Qantas and its pilots, licensed engineers and ground staff  this afternoon as the first of its grounded jets returned to service following a 2 am emergency ruling by Fair Work Australia which terminated industrial action by all of the parties. The circumstances of the […]

PM shows signs of extracting a high price from Qantas

PM shows signs of extracting a high price from Qantas

It was intriguing to watch the Prime Minister Julia Gillard resist answering the question this afternoon as to whether the government was seeking  a termination or suspension of industrial action in its part heard application to Fair Work Australia to bring the Qantas dispute to an end because of the potential damage it could do […]

Qantas: How did it get to this?

Qantas: How did it get to this?

(This is an expanded version of a story which appeared in the Crikey subscriber Daily Mail today) With the PM Julia Gillard and the Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson threatening to heavy the Qantas unions, what is going on in the disputes, and how did we get here? The Qantas pilot, licensed engineers and ground staff […]

A sarcastic and opinionated look at air space reform

A sarcastic and opinionated look at air space reform

With no certainty at this stage as to which miserably mean spirited and visionless conservative party will win the August 21 election, it might be reasonable to tidy up a critical element in the radar and air space controversy that Dick Smith recently ignited. The central issue is that of dragging Australia into world’s best […]