Because I like to travel towards the pointy end - have a look at this comparison for dates in May 2013 - after the Qantas/Emirates partnership is in place:
Qantas - Outbound
Qantas return - $11,715- currently showing via Singapore.
Emirates return - $8,794:
That's a difference of $2,921 - lets just call that $3,000
So the question will be - which price-point do we get next year - Emirates, or Qantas - or somewhere in the middle?
Something tells me, it won't be the cheap Emirates price - take note ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)