Half-price flights on offer as Government asks Australians to holiday for cheap at home

 
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  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
This is nothing more than a disguised way of giving the airlines (especially QANTAS) billions of $$$ more.  It is about time rail was given a better look into than the poor passenger services we have today between capitals.  The government cannot keep favoring the airlines over better service like higher speed rail which if implemented would be better for the environment anyhow.  

Qantas and Virgin have been handed billions so far and they are public companies yet state owned passenger rail services have stagnated under this current federal government.  Money handed to Victoria for passenger rail has been poorly managed.

I add the government says it is about encouraging people to visit places and spend money and the head of QANTAS comes on to be interviewed today and states it is about keeping jobs at QANTAS.

Is it time we had a national approach to passenger rail?

Half-price flights on offer as Government asks Australians to holiday for cheap at home

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  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

Next headline: "Majority of half-price airline tickets used for business travel instead of what they were intended for."
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Meanwhile 40000 Australians are still stuck overseas.  What a bunch of A/Holes
  Carnot Minister for Railways

A terrible waste of money. That is all.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Just a stupid idea and one which only places more bailout into the hands of public ally listed companies. Most small businesses struggle for a handout but this government is happy to hand billions of dollars to airlines leaving rail a rabble.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
I'm tempted to get one of the flights to North Queensland to take a ride on the North Coast line.

It's a shame that they aren't also having half price fares on the Spirit of Queensland.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
I'm tempted to get one of the flights to North Queensland to take a ride on the North Coast line.

It's a shame that they aren't also having half price fares on the Spirit of Queensland.
GeoffreyHansen

Well I'm definitely applying for a reduced fare discount when I go to Qld (Cairns) in late July. I may even upgrade to Business if I get the half fare rebate.

I'm unsure why there's so much criticism in these pages and so few who are going to take up the offer.
So what's the big deal if QANTAS and Virgin etc are getting $$ from the government. If people can utilise the benefit, that's good for the country.
If however the Feds used the Victorian model, which I also availed myself of over Christmas, every part of the country could have been covered by this scheme.

Mike.
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
I don't understand all the negativity. Don't you realise our politicians need to do something to keep their Qaint-asre Chairman's Lounge invitations?

Scummo has proven time and time again he can't keep the state borders open, so he needs to keep the Leprechaun onside somehow. What better way than to throw a couple billion dollars of taxpayers money at them? It's not coming out of his pocket!
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
This is nothing more than a disguised way of giving the airlines (especially QANTAS) billions of $$$ more.  It is about time rail was given a better look into than the poor passenger services we have today between capitals.  The government cannot keep favoring the airlines over better service like higher speed rail which if implemented would be better for the environment anyhow.  

Qantas and Virgin have been handed billions so far and they are public companies yet state owned passenger rail services have stagnated under this current federal government.  Money handed to Victoria for passenger rail has been poorly managed.

I add the government says it is about encouraging people to visit places and spend money and the head of QANTAS comes on to be interviewed today and states it is about keeping jobs at QANTAS.

Is it time we had a national approach to passenger rail?

Half-price flights on offer as Government asks Australians to holiday for cheap at home
NSWGR8022
Unfortunately the rail services will never come close to break even where as right now the airlines just need a break and then within a short time will eventually break even and be profitable and pay taxes.

Also intercapital rail has its place, but its more servicing regional areas where air lines are never going to be competitive. In particular intercapital rail falls well short for those wanting to travel beyond the next capital city, ie Brisbane to Melbourne.

Virgin wasn't handed Billions and when the company failed (which would have happened even with no CV), the govt refused to prop it up, rather supporting a more viable airline, QF.

Yes its about generating tourism and tourist jobs and this includes airline jobs.

Do we need a national approach for long haul passenger rail? Yes but it won't solve the problem the govt is trying to solve.

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