For Whom the Cash Register Rings – the origins of Australia’s ‘Two Airline Policy’

While rummaging around in the hidden recesses of my computer I came across this article that I put together in June 2001. It is about how the Australian civil aviation industry came to have what was called the ‘Two Airline Policy’ which controlled the development of Australian air transport for four decades from the beginning of the 1950s to the end of the 1980s. Under this policy the government permitted the operation of only two major airlines in Australia, one of them government owned and the other a private enterprise airline. It demonstrates that during this period the Australian government saw air transport more as a tool of national development than a tool for making profits.

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