Politicians conflicted over Qantas decision

The frosted glass door marked ‘private’ is easily missed by design. But a few minutes spent noting the people that pass through it quickly reveals the power of corporate Australia’s most effective influence machine. Whilst Qantas Club lounges are stacked with grayed-out sky warriors and hi-vis miners loading up on chips and Cascade, the Chairman’s Lounge is altogether more sedate and exclusive. Quite sensibly, Qantas doesn’t often comment on it publicly, although CEO Alan Joyce once described it as ‘probably the most exclusive club in the country’. The political gift disclosure laws however offer an insight into the subtle...

The frosted glass door marked ‘private’ is easily missed by design. But a few minutes spent noting the people that pass through it quickly reveals the power of corporate Australia’s most effective influence machine.

Whilst Qantas Club lounges are stacked with grayed-out sky warriors and hi-vis miners loading up on chips and Cascade, the Chairman’s Lounge is altogether more sedate and exclusive.

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