Proposed merger of British Airways and Qantas announced Tuesday already is generating controversy in Australia, some 19 months after similar sentiments helped derail a leveraged buyout of QF by a multinational consortium. The Australian government issued a new aviation policy proposal this week raising the amount a single overseas interest could take in Qantas to 49% from 25% (ATWOnline, Dec. 3), but the governing Labor party remained concerned that BA's tie-up with QF could be a de-facto ...

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