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Some say that Qantas’s woes are due to global economic circumstances others will insist that its poor leadership from Alan Joyce as their CEO Personally I say that both factors are right up there along with my personal favourite , namely that the era of cheap air travel will not last or be at all enduring, it has only existed this long because so many governments have, for political reasons and a desire to enhance national prestige been propping up so many airlines. Essentially air travel has been heavily subsidised and no that this country has a government who won’t play the same game it hardly surprising that Qantas is in such a dire circumstance. With that in mind lets consider the Union response as reported in the Fairfax press.
Street marches? Digging their heels in? Do these dinosaurs understand nothing of reality? What it boils down to here is the simple reality that the choice is to have a far leaner Qantas or no Qantas at all and it would not matter a damn how many street marches they have the public are just no longer buying into this kind of stupid industrial campaign and no matter how much the usual suspects will insist that we should keep the jobs in Australia their rhetoric is not matched by their credit cards when it comes to their own air travel. Oh its easy to propagate a sort of aviation jingoism about Qantas but if the flying public don’t vote with their bums and chose Qantas above the other purveyors of high altitude near death experiences then the company won’t be able to make a quid and if the company can’t make a quid then the protesting unionists may was well move their protests to their nearest Centerlink office.
On a wing and a prayer Comrades
Who could have failed to be aware of the outbreak of swine flu?
AUSTRALIA could turn away all planes and ships, shut schools and childcare centres, and ban sports events and church services under flu lockdown plans approved by the federal Government just months before the global outbreak of deadly swine influenza.
Emergency plans have been drawn up by the federal, state and territory governments to set up flu clinics – some to be staffed by volunteer GPs – to prevent flu patients overwhelming the GP and hospital emergency systems. Seventy Australians are being tested for the dangerous new strain of flu, which yesterday was confirmed had spread to New Zealand after killing 152 Mexicans and infecting dozens of people in the US, Canada, Scotland, Israel and Spain.
Now it would be inconsistent of me to not mention the pertinent fact that the ready availability of cheap air travel has actually made this potential pandemic considerably more difficult to contain by making its spread far swifter than in previous pandemics. In fact given the usual incubation periods for the influenza virus had all of the travellers been travelling at a more sedate pace by rail or by sea quarantine would have been easier and more effective.
But all of that is by the by and I actually hope that this does not turn out to be as bad as some fear but it is times like this that I am thankful that I do not live in a big city and that my children go to a small school.
I am delighted to announce that there will be no further air travel and that all aircraft will be decommissioned and used for other more socially beneficial purposes. The story I quote to day give just one example of how these death traps of the sky can be put to good safe use.
Head teacher David Lawrence said the plane will be fitted with its wings and kitted out with whiteboards, desks and laptops to make it a ‘user-friendly learning space’ for a class of 30 pupils.
Of course this decision will be something of an inconvenience for those who will become unemployed as a result But the leaders of the G20 (who are responsible for the decision) have released a statement to the effect that that the reality of climate change has made this decision absolutely imperative.
Well how about that ? An end to air travel and politicians being honest for once.