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Mar 7, 2014

Crikey says: populism and doing what’s right

Paddy Manning: how you could really save Qantas. Why the economy is doing better than glum Joe Hockey says. Peace in Syria? Only in pockets, Crikey reports from Beirut. Guy Rundle on the (industrial) revolution in upstate New York. The journo union spat. We save some money from that expensive royal trip.. And do men really make more than women?

Both sides of politics have had good sport hurling insults at each other over Qantas this week. The government accuses Labor of populist politics; Labor accuses Coalition figures of being hopelessly inconsistent between their time in opposition and government.

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  1. Peter Evans

    Turn it up! All this government has done is further deeply politicise government hand outs. If you’re a company prepared to publicly back the Libs and bash their enemies, parrot their propaganda, then hold out your hand and ye shall receive!

  2. Michael

    The age of entitlement may be over, but perhaps only for unionised workforces. Lets see whether tax breaks for sectional interests suffer any pain (yes, I’m looking at you, the wildly concessional 20% FBT rate for private use of cars…).

  3. AR

    Watch how much feather bedding the favoured receive from their government minions in the next couple of years.
    Double Dissolution, ASAP!

  4. David Hand

    It’s not all bad to shift one’s position regarding a challenging matter. It takes guts to own up to a previously held view that you no longer hold.

    I congratulate Crikey on such a journey, and a pretty quick one at that. On 27 Feb, barely a week ago, you said,

    “What is required here from Canberra is comprehensive industry policy. Not empty rhetoric.”

    So you’ve finally worked out that the government does indeed have an industry policy, just not the big government big union model you and your subscribers pine for.

    I was surprised to note you advocating even more retreat from government intervention. Slow down guys. Such shifts in editorial positions can be confusing.

  5. CML

    And just how to you expect Qantas to survive when it has to compete against airlines on the same routes, who ALL receive ‘government hand-outs’ of one kind or another?
    Emirates, Etihad, Singapore and the airlines in China anyone???
    Hockey is an idiot!

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