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Wednesday, 25 June 2003
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Mr Brendan O'Connor asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 5 June 2003:

(1) Does he intend to abolish the Ansett Ticket Levy; if so, when does he expect that this will occur.

(2) Will the proceeds of the levy be distributed to the creditors of Ansett.

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

(1) A decision to cease the Air Passenger Ticket Levy effective 30 June 2003 was made by the Government on 10 June 2003.

(2) The Levy was collected to support payments of a loan administered under the Special Employee Entitlements Scheme for Ansett (SEESA), with funds made available to the Ansett administrators from this loan. This loan ensured that former Ansett employees received their basic entitlements, which included unpaid wages, leave, pay in lieu of notice and up to 8 weeks redundancy pay (ie. the community standard) in advance of the sale of Ansett assets.