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Old 30th Mar 2023, 06:47
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Originally Posted by walesregent
I’m guessing it’s legal and the general public (bafflingly) seems to refuse to get outraged at such obvious corruption. In fact even if they do, Qantas seems to have worked out how much outrage they can tolerate before it starts affecting sales (spoiler alert- it’s a lot). The ACCC will justify it by pointing to their gift declaration policy. I’m in no way saying it’s right but just speculating why it didn’t get much of a reaction.

FWIW I used to work in public healthcare and we weren’t allowed to accept so much as a branded pen or notepad from a medical company rep (free lunches were banned many years ago). That such a policy doesn’t apply to the ACCC is, quite simply, moronic.
I hear ya’. Baffling is the word!
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Old 31st Mar 2023, 00:48
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Good old Australian ‘Soft Corruption’ at its finest. The Chairman’s lounge exists for exact this purpose. Access to the levers of power that the the little guys will never have.
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Old 31st Mar 2023, 01:23
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Good old Australian ‘Soft Corruption’ at its finest. The Chairman’s lounge exists for exact this purpose. Access to the levers of power that the the little guys will never have.
Exactly. I am surprised this has never been challenged in a court case. This here is a classic example. How can the commission make a ruling on an organisation that provides such exclusive hospitality for free and say they are not "influenced"?
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Old 31st Mar 2023, 01:34
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This sort of thing would be entertainment gold for talkback radio ‘drive’ programs 3AW, 6PR, 4BC ect however amusingly the hosts are also chairman’s lounge members.
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Old 31st Mar 2023, 02:03
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…it’s only a rort if you’re not in on it.
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Old 20th Apr 2023, 00:43
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ACCC opposes sale of Alliance to Qantas in $614m deal
By ROBYN IRONSIDE
AVIATION WRITER

Qantas is seeking an urgent meeting with the competition watchdog which has announced it will oppose the $614m sale of Alliance Aviation to the larger airline. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s decision was delivered on Thursday after five postponements over almost a year.

ACCC chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb said the commission had concluded the transaction was likely to substantially lessen competition in the fly-in, fly-out markets of Queensland and Western Australia.

“We consider Alliance to be an important competitor to Qantas, and the removal of Alliance is likely to substantially lessen competition threatening increased prices and reduced service quality for customers,” said Ms Cass-Gottlieb.

“Qantas and Alliance currently strongly compete with each other in markets where there are few effective alternatives. The proposed acquisition would combine two of the largest suppliers of charter services in Western Australia and Queensland.”

The ACCC had received considerable feedback that Alliance was strongly valued by resource industry customers as a vigorous and effective competitor.

“Flying workers in the resource industry to and from their worksites is an essential service for this important part of the Australian economy, so it is critical that competition in this market is protected,” Ms Cass-Gottlieb said.

“For many customers, Alliance is the preferred supplier due to its large fleet capacity, customer-centric approach and high-quality service offerings, including having the highest on- time-performance in the industry and demonstrated f lexibility and willingness to meet customer needs.”

She said many Australians may not have heard of the Brisbane-based Alliance, but it was “one of the country’s most significant airlines, with 70 aircraft and more on order”.

“Combining such an important player with Australia’s largest airline, Qantas, would be likely to substantially lessen competition and that is something we oppose,” Ms Cass-Gottlieb said.

“Qantas will face limited competition if allowed to acquire Alliance because most other airlines lack the right aircraft, fleet size, or capabilities needed to compete effectively.”

A Qantas spokeswoman said the airline was seeking an urgent meeting with the ACCC chair, to try to better understand the decision. A statement issued by the airline said the proposed acquisition of Alliance would enable Qantas to service the important resources sector better, particularly through the efficiencies unlocked through a combined fleet of similar aircraft.

“Qantas first flagged its long-term interest in ultimately acquiring 100 per cent of Alliance when it bought just under 20 per cent of the charter operator in February 2019,” said the statement.

“The ACCC investigated that minority holding for three years and made no findings that it lessened competition.” Qantas also made the point it was Alliance’s biggest customer, wet leasing 18 Embraer aircraft that were operated on the national carrier’s behalf on a number of routes.

Under the deal proposed by Qantas and backed by the Alliance board, shareholders in Alliance would receive Qantas shares to the value of $4.75 for each Alliance share.

On Thursday, Qantas shares were set to open at $6.55 and Alliance at $3.51.
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Old 20th Apr 2023, 02:23
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How long until Qantas’ role in the “independent” decision by Alliance in buying the ejets (without any apparent purpose at the time) comes to light?
It was miraculous timing at the time!
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Old 20th Apr 2023, 21:42
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Originally Posted by TimmyTee
How long until Qantas’ role in the “independent” decision by Alliance in buying the ejets (without any apparent purpose at the time) comes to light?
It was miraculous timing at the time!
There is a book about Alliance that is a great read and shows you they have balls of steel. From the beginning spending big on aircraft when the economy is at a low ebb. Ejets probably no different.
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Old 18th Oct 2023, 23:32
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So this is officially off the cards now. Can’t help but feel like it’s a win for the staff at Alliance and the industry as a whole.
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Old 19th Oct 2023, 00:15
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Yup, AA breathe a sigh of relief. Ask the 717…. everything they touch turns to….. mould.
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Old 19th Oct 2023, 00:36
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I sort of get the impression that VH may be cleaning house so to speak. She seems to be getting rid of the various distractions that AJ had left behind that really weren't going anywhere such as Alliance, and Perth Airport dispute. These things were low-hanging fruit in that the costs of closing them out was low. It gets harder from here as she deals with an angry customers, aging fleet and a dispirited workforce.
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Old 19th Oct 2023, 01:29
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Originally Posted by 1A_Please
I sort of get the impression that VH may be cleaning house so to speak. She seems to be getting rid of the various distractions that AJ had left behind that really weren't going anywhere such as Alliance, and Perth Airport dispute. These things were low-hanging fruit in that the costs of closing them out was low. It gets harder from here as she deals with an angry customers, aging fleet and a dispirited workforce.
She doesn’t have a choice, and has a year to get the cards in order before a new Chair arrives. Needs to show that person that everything is under control, the stats are certainly not in her favour for any new board/chair renewal to hold the same CEO.

Any new chair who arrives late next year, to a still cluster&@!$ of a company will clear the deck for her, including herself, out the door.
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