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Union-bashing and War for United States global hegemony - two sides of the same coin?

This article gives a 'good cop bad cop' analysis of Australia's two party history since the fall of the Whitlam Government. It looks at the evolution of economic theory and foreign involvement in wars over this period.

Another QANTAS incident - the price of CEO Alan Joyce's 'cost-cutting' and off-shoring maintenance

This morning a Qantas A380 at high altitude over Indonesia with 433 passengers and 26 crew had an engine failure.

Engine failures are becoming all to common at QANTAS. Off-shoring, contracting out and cost-cutting by QANTAS are compromising engineering maintenance standards. Cheap maintenance will catch up with QANTAS and beckon its tragic ruin. Low-cost carriers and high altitude don't mix.
CEO Alan Joyce's management policy of cheap maintenance is not an ethical competitive strategy for a public airline; it is a deceptive public time bomb.

See also: Low Cost Airline Menace: Once Qantas Crashes Goodbye Qantas Reputation, Goodbye Qantas

Low Cost Airline Menace: Once Qantas Crashes Goodbye Qantas Reputation, Goodbye Qantas

Qantas is proudly Australia's national airline with the highest standards of aviation and an unsurpassed reputation for air safety, quality and service. So why jeopardise this and risk everything by competing on price?

Today passengers on a Sydney-bound Qantas jet rocked by an exploding engine Thursday described how the plane felt like it had hit a "speed bump" and showered flames and sparks like fireworks. The Qantas Boeing 747-400 had to turn back to San Francisco about half an hour into Monday's flight after an engine failed, blasting a large hole in its casing. This is not the first safety incident involving Qantas. Has the 'low cost' mentality breached its airline safety across Qantas and JetStar?

See also: Another QANTAS incident - the price of CEO Alan Joyce's 'cost-cutting' and off-shoring maintenance

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