The ABC confirms that troubled local carrier Brindabella Airlines is in fact a dead parrot:
Up to 140 staff at Brindabella Airlines have been stood down after the regional carrier went into receivership.
Staff have been told they will not be receiving any redundancy payments.
The Canberra-based airline is millions of dollars in debt and is now for sale.
All flights have been suspended indefinitely, disrupting the Christmas travel plans of hundreds of customers.