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- New Qantas chief’s blunt message to staff
- UK museum returns Indigenous dolls, artefacts to remote community
- This morning’s headlines at a glance
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New Qantas chief’s blunt message to staff
Back in Australia, new Qantas chief executive Vanessa Hudson vowed to restore the trust of its customers after weeks of damning publicity forced the early departure of longstanding boss Alan Joyce and sparked calls for chairman Richard Goyder to resign.
In a shock move yesterday, Joyce announced he would step down two months earlier than expected after 15 years at the helm in an attempt to help the airline rebuild its battered reputation.
Vanessa Hudson succeeds Alan Joyce as CEO of Qantas.Credit: Rhett Wyman
As critics called for Joyce to be stripped of his multimillion-dollar bonuses and for heads to roll from the board, Hudson admitted the company had fallen short of customers’ expectations.
She signalled a different approach to her predecessor, saying her focus was “getting the balance right” between the expectations of staff, customers and investors.
Read what else Hudson told staff here, and find out about the challenges she faces here.
UK museum returns Indigenous dolls, artefacts to remote community
Toy dolls made from seashells, a map made from turtle shells and other Indigenous heritage items have been handed back to members of a remote northern Australian community as part of renewed efforts among British museums to decolonise their collections.
The items were acquired by a British anthropologist more than 70 years ago.
They were formally returned by the Manchester Museum to representatives of the Anindilyakwa community, who travelled from Groote Eylandt, the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, about 50 kilometres from the north coast of mainland Australia.
One of the highlights of the collection being returned is a group of dolls made from shells – dadikwakwa-kwa in the Anindilyakwa language – which have helped unlock a rich cultural history.
Professor Peter Worsley had purchased, traded, and acquired the collection while undertaking fieldwork on the island for his PhD thesis on Aboriginal kinship in the early 1950s.
Worsley abandoned his career in anthropology after the British and Australian intelligence services curtailed his travels through Africa and the then Territory of Papua New Guinea because of his communist sympathies.
Continue reading about the return here, from our European correspondent Rob Harris.
This morning’s headlines at a glance
Good morning, and thanks for your company.
It’s Wednesday, September 6. I’m Caroline Schelle, and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.
Here’s what you need to know before we get started:
- Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has arrived in South East Asia, and will release the government’s strategy which contains 75 recommendations for improving economic ties with the region.
- The RBA held rates at 4.1 per cent for a third consecutive month and is not expected to lift them any further this year.
- New Qantas chief executive Vanessa Hudson vowed to restore the trust of its customers after longstanding boss Alan Joyce left the role early.
Vanessa Hudson succeeds Alan Joyce as CEO of Qantas.Credit: Bloomberg
- The Coalition has the numbers in the Senate to launch an inquiry into the government’s decision to reject Qatar’s bid for more flights to Australian.
- Corporate giants such as Qantas, Wesfarmers, Rio Tinto and BHP have poured millions into the Yes campaign for the Voice but now face pressure from the peak shareholders’ body.
- Courts will have to consider a history of family violence as one of seven new criteria when new laws scrap the assumption of “equal shared responsibility”.
- Heading overseas, a British museum has returned 174 Indigenous artefacts including shell dolls to a remote northern Australian community.
- Three brothers who own New Zealand’s Whakaari White Island where 22 people died in a volcanic eruption in 2019 had charges against them dismissed.
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