Qantas on track to collect $2bn of support as Morrison government criticised for not seeking stake

One expert says a stake in the airline would give the government more influence over how Qantas uses taxpayer money

Qantas is on track to receive $2bn in government support by the end of this year, sparking criticism about the government’s failure to seek a stake in the company in return and concerns it will dominate the skies once Covid-19 restrictions lift.

The airline collected more than $1.2bn in federal government support last year, including jobkeeper and aviation-specific programs – more than three times the amount received by its smaller competitor Virgin Australia.

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