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Tuesday, 28 May 2002
Page: 2544


Mr Mossfield asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 14 February 2002:

(1) What sum did the Commonwealth Government collect in petrol excise in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99, (d) 1999-2000 and (e) 2000-2001.

(2) What sum was returned to the States.

(3) What sum did the Commonwealth Government spend on (a) total road funding, (b) construction of the National Highway system and (c) maintenance of the National Highway system in (i) 1996-97, (ii) 1997-98, (iii) 1998-99, (iv) 1999-2000 and (v) 2000-2001.

(4) How was the figure of $356 million arrived at as the Federal Government's contribution to the construction of the Western Sydney Orbital.

(5) What options were examined to determine the funding mix for the proposed Orbital.

(6) Was a shadow toll examined as a method of paying for the construction of the Orbital; if not, why not; if so, (a) what were the details of the study and (b) why was the proposal rejected.


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

(1) The Commonwealth collects petrol revenue from locally produced and imported petrol products, via excise duty and customs duty, respectively. Petrol products comprise unleaded petrol, leaded petrol and diesel.

The table below shows total Commonwealth petrol revenue and excludes revenue collected on behalf of the States (see (2) below). Amounts shown have been rounded to the nearest $10 million.

Commonwealth petrol revenue ($m)

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

10510

10870

10960

11160

11870

(2) In August 1997, at the unanimous request of the States, the Commonwealth announced an increase in the rate of Commonwealth excise and customs duty on petrol which were passed to the States as Revenue Replacement Payments (RRPs). RRPs were abolished on 1 July 2000. The table below shows these amounts.

There are no other arrangements to provide excise revenue to the States. However, excise revenue collected by the Commonwealth is used for a number of purposes, including the provision of general purpose grants to the States.

Petrol Revenue Replacement Payments ($m)

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01(a)

0

1951

2547

2569

252

(a) delayed payments

Source: Final Budget Outcome (various)

(3) The table below shows total Commonwealth road funding, construction funding for the National Highway and maintenance funding for the National Highway.

1996/97

1997/98

1998/99

1999/2000

2000/01

($m)

($m)

($m)

($m)

($m)

Total Commonwealth Road Funding

1,596.72

1,614.36

1,688.47

1,653.32

1,431.91

National Highway Construction

360.31

369.26

401.46

350.14

407.94

National Highway Maintenance

350.17

336.89

350.54

281.48

289.32

(4) and (5) The level of Commonwealth contribution was determined by negotiation with the NSW Government. This followed extensive financial modelling by the NSW of the level of contribution necessary to make the project financially viable for funding by the private sector.

(6) A shadow toll option was not considered on the basis of its long term prohibitive expense to the government.