Agree that one should avoid Indonesia. I went to Bali once and that will do me. However, Qantas lied to the pax about the interlining (which would have resolved the issue).No, the moral of the story is to avoid Indonesia at all cost. I think that all Qantas has done here is their duty to not allow a passenger with a slightly damaged passport board on a flight into a country that is notoriously bad with this. Lesson here- get new passports before traveling to slightly dodgy countries like Indonesia.
As an aside, and very weirdly, last night I had a dream about my passport being damaged (the cover being ripped off). That was before I read this thread this morning.