Qantas has in fact been in Star as well as smallworld for quite some time. You can earn and burn reciprocal points on some SAS flights, and you can often see internet offers of tickets written on a mixture of QF
The flying 'roo sleeps around as and when it makes good commercial sense.
Dixon has a near pathological contempt for alliances, since they have both failed to deliver effectively on any of the promises that matter to him (not us), namely transparent back office systems and protocols and effective joint buying of resources and price fixing deals (oops..understandings.)
Equally, the management is very enamoured of joint service agreements as with BA
and soundly based code shares as with SAA (soon to be Star?) JL
(nobody's alliance) Asiana (because KL
is in Star).