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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14974


Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 22 October 2002:

(1) For each of the last ten financial years what was the cost at (a) 1 July and (b) 1 January of each year of fees and taxes payable on a return airline ticket between (a) Melbourne and Sydney, (b) Brisbane and Sydney, (c) Melbourne and Brisbane, (d) Perth and Sydney, (e) Adelaide and Melbourne, (f) Adelaide and Sydney, (g) Cairns and Sydney, (h) Cairns and Brisbane and (i) Darwin and Sydney.

(2) For each instance, how did these fees and taxes compare to the cost of a full economy Qantas fare for that route.


Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The fees and taxes on which you have sought information are taken to comprise the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Air Passenger Ticket Levy, and where applicable the aircraft noise levies.

Qantas has now investigated this matter and has advised the Department that it does not have systemised records of the nature you requested and is therefore unable to provide the data. It would also be too resource intensive to have the Department research the information.

An illustrative presentation is, however, provided below for a one way Melbourne - Sydney Qantas B737-300 economy class trip.

Government Charges for a Qantas 737-300 full economy fare Melbourne to Sydney one-way flight as at 1 July 2002

Summary of Charges for a Qantas 737-300 Melbourne to Sydney one-way flight

Per Passenger ($)

% of Qantas fare 1

Taxation

GST

29.10

9.1%

Commonwealth program charges

Air Passenger Ticket Levy

10.00

3.1%

Noise Levy

3.31

1.0%

TOTAL CHARGES

$42.41

13.2%

1 Full economy Qantas fare, one way including GST of $320.10.