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Major structural changes to Qantas welcomed



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David .lull. S h a d o w M in ister for T ou rism & A viation

Issued 4-6-91

The announcement today of the major structural changes to QANTAS has been welcomed by the Federal Opposition.

Tourism and Aviation Spokesman, David Jull, said that it was sad that more than 3000 staff had to lose their jobs - but QANTAS had become over-protected, bloated and bureaucratic through the failure of Governments to address the commercial reality of international aviation over many years.

This is the first stage of bringing QANTAS back to profitability and preparing it for privatisation. The great pity is that the Government is not going for the 100% option rather than the 49%.

QANTAS's survival is dependent on becoming lean, mean and competitive in the cut-throat world of international aviation.

"The new staff arrangements must be made without fear or favour and as quickly as possible", M r Jull said.

However, the staff cuts are just the beginning. Route structures, aircraft types and the operations of some QANTAS subsidiaries must also be addressed as a matter of urgency.

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Obviously the concentration must be on the Asia/Pacific region, where the real growth will happen this decade.

The real tragedy is that the privatisation of QANTAS was not undertaken three or four years ago. If that had happened, the pain which QANTAS is presently undergoing may not have had to happen.

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For further information contact David Jull (06) 277 4631.

PO Box 6435 Upper Mt Gravatt, QLD 4122

Contact : (07) 343 8666 (06) 277 4631