Anthony Albanese didn’t need to make the claim that eight out of the top ten airlines in the world are majority government-owned to make his case out. But he did, and if he was properly briefed he must have known that claim was wrong.
Now he must certainly know that claim is wrong because the ABC’s fact checking unit has done a very comprehensive survey of the evidence.
The highest number of majority government-owned airlines they can find on any top ten list is 5 – and that top ten list is airlines ranked by customer satisfaction.
When you look at any other top ten list, measuring airlines by number of passengers, passenger miles, capacity, profitability, fleet size and number of employees – all much more serious measures of being a top airline, the highest figure they can come up with is 3 (but often 2).
It doesn’t get more definitive than this, but it does get worse.
Here is a list of the majority government-owned airlines from those lists:
|China Southern Airlines||China|
|China Eastern Airlines||China|
This list tells us that out of all the top ten airlines in the world, no matter how measured, the only ones that are majority government-owned, with the exception of Singapore Airlines, come from third world countries, one of which is the communist behemoth of China (5 airlines), 2 of which are middle east oil states (3 airlines) and 2 of which are just third world (2 airlines).
To further complicate matters, Wikipedia scores Xiamen Airlines as privately owned.
The list also tells us that the Luddites in the Labor Party are taking as their models dirigiste and corrupt regimes who for the most part can’t provide a reasonable standard of living to their inhabitants.
So when they’re not swooning over European social democracy, they’re wishing us into the company of some of the least politically hospitable regimes in the world.
For my part, I reckon if England, the USA, Germany, France and Korea (to name a few) can run successful top ten airlines without the government owning them, then so can we.
It’s time for Labor to get with the modern program. Under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard they claimed to be about the future. That all seems so long ago.