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Australian government welcomes flight decision

The Australian government has welcomed the decision by an independent tribunal to order a permanent end to the industrial dispute that has grounded all Qantas flights.

Fair Work Australia issued its ruling after hearing evidence from the airline, unions and government at an emergency session in Melbourne.

Qantas had wanted the ruling and said it expected some flights could now resume within hours.

Nearly 70,000 people have been affected by flight cancellations in 22 nations.

Australia's Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten said he believed "common sense will be restored".

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