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Qantas will cut 1000 jobs and
issued a grim pro t warning
following a "marked deterioration"
in trading conditions in
e airline says it expects to
report an underlying loss of
between $A250 million ($275
million) and $300 million for the
six months to the end of the year.
Qantas chief executive Alan
Joyce said the challenges the
airline faced were immense.
"We will do whatever we need to
do to secure the Qantas Group's
future," he said.
He took a swipe at Air New
Zealand and the other airline
stakeholders in Virgin Australia,
saying there had been an
unprecedented distortion of the
Australian domestic market.
Air New Zealand, Etihad and
Singapore Airlines now have 73%
of Virgin --- a erce competitor
for Qantas on its domestic routes
in particular --- and this stake will
increase after a $A350m capital
" is foreign government capital
has been used to nance dramatic
increases in domestic capacity,
with profound implications for
the future of Australia's aviation
industry," Mr Joyce said.
He said the Virgin rights issue
"was designed to weaken Qantas"
in the domestic market.
" e uneven playing eld in
Australian aviation is being tilted
further. We cannot and we will not
stand still in these extraordinary
circumstances," he said.
Qantas has appealed to the
Australian Government to review
foreign airlines' investment in
Qantas and said it was taking
steps to make savings of $2 billion
over the next three years.
Sta numbers would be cut
by at least 1000 within the next
year, Joyce's own $A5.1m salary
would be cut and there would be
a pay freeze and no bonuses for
executives for 12 months.
e airline's network would be
"optimised" and spending on 100
top suppliers reviewed.
Qantas would conduct a review
of all planned capital spending
to achieve further substantial
reductions to ensure the business
generates positive net free cash
ow from the 2015 nancial
"As we work through our cost
reductions, capital expenditure
and structural review, no options
will be o the table," Mr Joyce
He said that since the global
nancial crisis, Qantas had
confronted a " ercely di cult"
operating environment ---
including the strong Australian
dollar and record jet fuel costs.
" e Australian international
market is the toughest anywhere
in the world," he said.
"Our competitors in the
international market, almost all
owned or generously supported by
their governments, have increased
capacity to pursue Australian
dollar pro ts, changing the shape
of the market permanently."
Qantas cuts 1000 jobs
10 new permits
for oil search
Queenstown Airport's rst permanent
biosecurity sni er dog is already proving its
worth, with 13 "busts" in its rst four days.
e keen nose of beagle Zeta has led to 13
con scations or "seizures" including a mango,
grapes, bananas, cucumbers, cooked meat and
apples, which handler Belinda Phelon and a
colleague agreed proved her value.
Even an empty Tupperware container, which
once housed a ham and cheese sandwich, did
not escape Zeta.
Ms Phelon said Zeta, a Ministry for
Primary Industries employee, was trained
to detect fruit, meat, seeds, plant materials,
reptiles and eggs from international ights. It
had also worked in Auckland.
e ministry said having a permanent
detector dog team in the resort meant teams
from Dunedin would no longer have to be
brought in to screen international ights.
" e deployment will help MPI meet the
demands of the busy summer peak season,"
Border Clearance Ser vices manager Steve
Working as a detector dog handler had
been a "dream" of Ms Phelon's and yesterday
was also her fourth day on the job, having
switched from working --- for 13 years ---
as a quarantine inspector at Queenstown
She graduated from training as a dog
handler at a ceremony in Auckland last week,
along with 36 other new biosecurity front-
line sta , destined for ports throughout the
country. --- Otago Daily Times
'Super sniffer' doggone good
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Detector dog handler Belinda Phelon and Zeta, Queenstown Airport's rst permanent
detector dog, at work yesterday.
Ten new permits have been granted
for oil exploration in New Zealand,
including ve o shore permits.
Energy Minister Simon Bridges
announced the second round of block
o ers this morning at Parliament.
Five of the permits were for onshore
exploration in Taranaki and the east
coast of the North Island.
e other ve permits were for o shore
exploration in Reina-Northland,
Taranaki and Great South-Canterbury
e block o er attracted three new
international companies to prospect in
New Zealand and could be worth up to
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Kim Dotcom has asked a judge
to order the United States to
come clean on spying after a
phone call glitch prompted fears
he was victim to a sur veillance
system used by the Federal
Bureau of Investigation.
e Stingray could have spied
on Dotcom, the Auckland
District Court heard yesterday.
e system works as a fake
cellphone tower, searching out a
speci c signal then hijacking call
data connecting to or leaving the
Judge Nevin Dawson was told
the use of Stingray would explain
a bizarre call phenomenon
that occurred during Dotcom's
discussions with lawyer William
Dotcom heard his own voice
playing back over his cellphone
while talking to Mr Akel, the
In an a davit to the court,
Dotcom said he was talking legal
strategy on August 2 and had
just nished speaking. Expecting
Mr Akel to respond, Dotcom
said his lawyer went silent, to be
replaced by a 15-second echo of
Dotcom's own voice.
"Since the raid on my home
I have become concerned that
my communications have been
subject to interception by security
agencies," he said. He speci cally
named NZ and the US as among
those he suspected.
An expert witness, former
New Zealand police crime
lab boss John ackray, said
the circumstance described by
Dotcom could have resulted
Christine Gordon, QC, for
the US, said assurances from
US Attorney's O ce lawyer
Jay Prabhu should meet any
concerns over US conduct.
Dotcom and three others face
extradition to the US on charges
of criminal copyright violation
relating to the Megaupload
Yesterday's hearing is part of
the extradition proceedings and
was brought by Dotcom. Judge
Dawson reserved his decision.
Secret sur veillance
What does Stingray do?
It pretends to be a cellphone
tower, tricking cellphones into
connecting to it. It is portable,
the size of a small box and leaves
Who uses it?
e FBI is a big user of Stingray
and can do so without a warrant.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
FBI snooping suspected
A bee appears to have caused a crash
between two motorcycles near Milton
Emergency services were called to
the crash at Milburn shortly after 1pm.
Senior constable Jim Jordan, of Milton,
said two Dunedin men were riding their
motorcycles south on State highway 1
when one rode into the back of the other.
One 59-year-old man, riding a BMW,
told police a bee ew into his helmet,
landing on his mouth, and made its way
into his nose.
It appeared that by the time he had
removed the bee from his helmet, he was
too late to prevent his machine running
into the back of the Ducati, which was
stopped at roadworks, Mr Jordan said.
He did not believe the man su ered
any stings, but had pollen on his face.
e BMW rider su ered scrapes
and bruises, and his motorcycle was
signi cantly damaged.
e 55-year-old rider of the Ducati was
uninjured, and his machine received rear
damage but was able to be ridden.
--- Otago Daily Times
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