Airline Partners Australia's A$11.1 billion ($8.64 million) equity buyout of Qantas continued to face criticism yesterday as rebel Sen. Barnaby Joyce, a National Party of Australia member from Queensland, added his influential voice to the call for greater competition on the Australia-US route. Joyce said in a statement that the APA consortium is of "indeterminate nationality" and therefore deserves no special treatment from the federal government "and should be exposed to competition on the ...

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