BREAKING Qatar to refer airport officials to prosecutors

  ABC News Australia and The Guardian Australia are reporting that Qatar will refer the officials involved in the forced examinations of women at the Hamad International Airport to prosecutors. The Qatari government also stated that those involved did not follow standard procedures and their actions were “illegal”. In a preliminary report on the incident…

More female passengers were forced to undergo vaginal inspections than previously said at Doha Airport

Female passengers on 10 planes flying out of Doha were forced to endure invasive physical examinations, Australia’s foreign minister said Wednesday, greatly expanding the number of women previously thought affected. It was revealed on Sunday that women were removed from a Sydney-bound Qatar Airways flight in Doha earlier this month and forced to undergo vaginal…

11th hour Virgin Australia bid

Virgin Australia bondholders have made an 11th hour bid to try to recapitalise the airline, two days after Administrators Deloitte received final offers from the two final bidders, Bain Capital and Cyrus Capital Partners. Under the bondholders proposal they would recaptilise the airline to the value of $800 million with an additional $125 million to…

Virgin Australia bidders narrowed down to two

Local media is reporting that Deloitte have narrowed Virgin Australia’s potential buyers down to two – Bain Capital and Cyrus Capital Partners. The original shortlist also included US based budget airline investor Indigo Partners and Australian company BGH Capital. Bain Capital has $US105 billion ($A155 billion) in assets under management and has former Jetstar chief…

Report: “Animal Farm” culture at Airservices Australia

Airservices Australia released a report from former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick today. ABC Australia reports the “A Review of Culture at Airservices Australia” report was commissioned to study the internal culture at the government owned organisation. “Specifically relating to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, psychological welfare and inclusion.” The report found a “Lord of the…

Reports: Virgin Australia buyers shortlisted to four

Virgin Australia’s Administrators have shortlisted 4 potential buyers for the airline. The list was whittled down from at least 8 non-binding bids that were received on Friday. ABC News reports the shortlisted buyers are US private investment firm Bain Capital, Australian private equity firm BGH Capital, US airline investor Indigo Partners and global investor Cyrus…