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The executive parachuted into Qantas' apical occupation erstwhile her predecessor took disconnected early amid reputational turbulence will person to be mediation pinch nan caput of a national whose caller tribunal triumph is partially responsible for nan company's woes.

One week connected from a unanimous High Court judgement that nan hose had illegally sacked almost 1700 workers, Justice Michael Lee made orders successful nan Federal Court connected Wednesday to move nan matter towards resolution.

"There's (1700) group whose lives person been affected together pinch their families," Justice Lee said.

He wants it resolved quickly, noting nan matter has been delayed considerably by appeals, and calling for decision-makers to be connected nan day.

Recently-designated Qantas CEO Vanessa Hudson will request to attend, arsenic will Transport Workers' Union nationalist caput Michael Kaine, erstwhile nan parties meet to talk compensation.

A day for substantive mediation is owed to beryllium finalised connected Monday.

Qantas' barrister Richard Dalton KC asked to nonstop nan company's in-house wide counsel Andrew Finch successful Ms Hudson's spot erstwhile mediation occurs.

Justice Lee said he understood engaged schedules for nan 2 figureheads would coming logistical challenges, but he did not want nan matter attended to by a lawyer connected their own.

"I want nan CEO and nan personification starring nan national there," Justice Lee said.

Solicitors and barristers will besides attend.

The union's barrister Mark Gibian SC besides requested an worker typical from Qantas Airways and Qantas Ground Services beryllium present.

The hose outsourced nan crushed workers' jobs successful 2020 while losing billions of dollars arsenic nan pandemic decimated aviation.

Justice Lee was concerned by mediation becoming unwieldy pinch excessively galore attendees but indicated approval.

"If it's 2 delegates and nan national secretary, that would beryllium nan benignant of standard I would expect arsenic being appropriate," he said.

The High Court determination past week added to Qantas' ongoing reputational challenges.

"You'd person to beryllium nan balanced of Rip Van Winkle not to spot location has been immoderate publicity," Justice Lee said, referring to past week's ineligible determination.

Elsewhere, nan hose faces action by nan user watchdog seeking a $250 cardinal fine, alleging it sold customers tickets connected flights it had already cancelled.

Former CEO Alan Joyce near 2 months early to "help nan institution accelerate its renewal".

"The champion point I tin do nether these circumstances is to bring guardant my retirement," Mr Joyce said successful September.

Qantas posted an underlying profit of almost $2.5 cardinal for nan 2022/23 financial year, almost arsenic overmuch arsenic nan $2.7 cardinal successful authorities subsidies it received during nan pandemic.

Amid disapproval and perceptions nan airline, privatised successful nan 1990s, remained excessively adjacent to Canberra's halls of power, Nationals legislator Bridget McKenzie this period accused nan authorities of moving a "a protection racket for nan astir complained astir institution successful our country".

A parliamentary enquiry connected Tuesday examined nan Albanese government's determination to artifact Qatar Airways' bid for much flights, wherever Qantas' erstwhile main economist Tony Webber said accrued in-bound tourism could person been worthy up to $1 billion.

However, Transport Minister Catherine King has said nan rejection was made successful nan discourse of 13 Australian women being detained and forced to acquisition invasive examinations astatine Doha's world airdrome successful 2020, aft a babe was recovered abandoned successful a bin.