Federal Govt – Singapore Airlines – private benefit from public decisions

The federal government has recently decided to not allow Singapore Airlines to compete with Qantas on the Sydney-Los Angeles air route.

It seems a bit odd that a private company can potentially benefit from a government decision, which seems, at face-value, to be limiting competition from another large carrier.

This raises another point – people often complain and ask for compensation when public bodies take actions that reduce the value of private property. But when public bodies make decisions that increase the value of private property, people take the increased value quite happily – which seems a little assymetrical.

One Response to Federal Govt – Singapore Airlines – private benefit from public decisions

  1. GMB says:

    Very good point. But the situation shouldn’t arise.

    That the situation DOES arise might justify an office that can contest such situations.

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