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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 11546


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 19 March 2003:

With respect to the additional $8 per passenger increase in the Passenger Movement Charge that came into effect on 1 July 2001 to fund increased passenger processing costs as part of Australia's response to the threat of the introduction of foot and mouth disease:

(1) What was the total additional revenue raised by this extra $8 in each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03 to date.

(2) What is the total additional revenue estimated to be raised by this extra $8 in each of the following financial years: (a) 2002-03; (b) 2003-04; (c) 2004-05; and (d) 2005-06.

(3) What was the total amount of Passenger Movement Charge collected at each airport and port for each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03 to date.

(4) What is the total amount of Passenger Movement Charge estimated to be collected at each airport and port for each of the following financial years: (a) 2002-03; (b) 2003-04; (c) 2004-05; and (d) 2005-06.

(5) How much has been spent by the Government on new quarantine screening equipment at each airport and port since 1 July 2001.

(6) (a) How much additional money has the Government spent on other quarantine processing costs at each airport and port since 1 July 2001; and (b) what services, measures or expenses comprise that additional expenditure at each airport and port.

(7) How much additional money is estimated to be spent on new quarantine screening equipment and other processing costs respectively at each airport and port for each of the following financial years: (a) 2002-03; (b) 2003-04; (c) 2004-05; and (d) 2005-06.

(8) (a) Which programs are administering costs associated with increased passenger processing costs as part of Australia's response to the threat of the introduction of foot and mouth disease; (b) how much has been spent, and is it estimated will be spent, from each program in each year it has or is budgeted to operate; and (c) which department is responsible for the administration of each program.

(9) Are there any outstanding claims by any organisation or individual for expenditure on equipment or measures as part of Australia's response to the threat of foot and mouth disease; if so: (a) who are the claimants; (b) what is each claim for; and (c) will each be paid and when.

(10) (a) How many passengers departing Australia were exempted from paying the Passenger Movement Charge; and (b) what is the legal basis and number of passengers for each category of exempted passengers.

(11) Will the $8 foot and mouth response component of the Passenger Movement Charge be removed, increased or reduced commensurate with the movement in costs associated with Australia's response to the threat of the introduction of foot and mouth disease; if so, when; if not, why not.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Passenger Movement Charge and Australia's response to the threat of the introduction of foot and mouth disease are the portfolio responsibility of the Ministers for Justice and Customs and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. While I do not have any portfolio responsibility for those matters I do have responsibility for a programme involving the provision of infrastructure at major international gateway airports to facilitate increased quarantine intervention. Details of expenditure under that programme were provided in response to Question 1158.

There are no outstanding claims for expenditure under that programme on hand as at 26 March 2003.