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Tuesday, 28 May 2002
Page: 2553

Mrs Crosio asked the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 20 March 2002:

(1) Has he received advice from the Ansett administrators regarding the amount of entitlements owed to individual former employees of Ansett Australia; if so, when was this advice received and what is the estimated total sum of entitlements owed to Ansett employees.

(2) What is the total sum raised so far from the $10 levy on air tickets.

(3) For how long will the $10 levy remain on air tickets.

(4) What, if any, sum of Commonwealth money will he commit to paying the entitlements of former Ansett workers.

(5) Will individual former Ansett employees receive 100 per cent of their accrued entitlements.

Mr Abbott (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No. Advice on the entitlements owed to individual former employees is provided by the Ansett Administrators to SEES Pty Ltd which is administering the SEESA arrangements.

(2) and (3) These are matters for the Minister for Transport and Regional Services.

(4) The Air Passenger Ticket Levy Collection Act provides up to $500m for Special Employee Entitlements Scheme for Ansett employees (SEESA) payments.

(5) SEESA makes payments equivalent to all unpaid wages, accrued annual leave, long service leave, payment in lieu of notice of redundancy and redundancy pay up to the community standard of eight weeks.