And you lost horribly.
Please stop with the 'free money is good' rubbish - corporate welfare is bad. I seem to remember your judgemental attitude about relatives of yours on welfare who couldn't get jobs but you have no problem at all with taxpayers forking out two billion to Qantas to fly empty planes.
If necessary we take equity in exchange for rescuing the airline - but NO FREE MONEY. End-of-story.
Argh back to Don publically vs stating he doesn't give a $hit about peoples medical needs because it doesn't suit his agenda narative again.
No Don, you are fool if you believe Australia as a country could afford to have its only significant airline just be grounded over night and I'm not talking about delievering Amazon parcels, a compelete and utter fool.
One more time Don, Qantas was kept flying on its core and major regional routes to ensure no disruption to medical supplies, some foods and other essentials goods as well as the passenger travel. Especially as medical staff were being moved around the country to support areas with outbreaks.
Unlike a number of long haul foreign airlines, Qantas couldn't justify the cost of carrying much freight in the cabin and still comply with IATA regulations, so in the absence of enough freigthters, passenger planes were mostly flying near empty in setas, but bellies full of stuff. Some international airlines with longer routes, lower labour costs were able to get IATA approved in cabin freight carry, which Emirates did for a few flights to Australia. But eventually ripped seats out of some planes as the recovery was clear to take longer than expected.
Globally most airlines still fliying during the worst part of the pandemic were all being paid by their govts to do so. Singapore airlines was paid by the Australian govt to keep operating in a limited capacity for the purposes of importing medical supplies, keep live seafood exports open and other essential services and lower cost option for Aussies trying to get home.
Even your own state was recorded as paying for your seafood to be airfreighted to Asia!
Wrong Don, you remember poorly. None of my relatives that I know their employment status are unemployed and who want to work.