Airline Partners Australia's plan to pay itself approximately A$4 billion ($3.33 billion) in the first year following its proposed takeover of Qantas (ATWOnline, April 13) has thrust the deal back into the headlines, with the move being slammed by politicians, unions and pundits. Outspoken Sen. Barnaby Joyce (National-Queensland) led the political charge, telling The Sydney Morning Herald that APA is "not playing with their money. They are playing with everybody else's money and they are ...

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