Qantas cries will fall on political deaf ears

Alan Joyce's lobbying against Virgin's capital raising is likely to be in vain. The government has no political impetus to amend the Qantas Sales Act, and it needs a strong Virgin to keep Qantas honest.

The escalating hostilities between Qantas and Virgin Australia indicate that, while the Australian domestic aviation market might be a duopoly, it is an intensely competitive one. In the near term, that says Qantas’ pleas to Canberra for help are going to fall on deaf ears.

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