Excuse me, the government wasn't prepared to inject capital into Qantas, our country's national airline, and so privatised it so that it could raise capital on the private market. Another argument for privatisation was that it would be more efficient. Now Qantas wants to raise capital from the government.
No, sorry. Australians of my age used to take some pride in our national airline, as did the English with BOAC, the Dutch with KLM etc etc. That time has passed. I feel no more allegiance to Qantas than I do to Air Asia X.
How did it all go so wrong?
If your government mentions the word competition in any aspect of a government controlled authority, be afraid, be very afraid. They are code words for allowing its business mates get their hands on some quick and cheap profits to the detriment of the general population and the business name and how people feel about what was their own, the taxpayers, company.