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Tuesday, 3 June 2003
Page: 15919

Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 14 May 2003:

(1) What is the impact of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus on: (a) seasonal estimated international passenger and freight air movements to and from Australia, (b) seasonal estimated international aircraft movements to and from Australia, and (c) seasonal estimated tourist movements of people to Australia.

(2) What is the estimated financial and jobs impact of the SARS coronavirus on the estimated profit/loss statement for the financial year ended 30 June 2003 for: (a) QANTAS, (b) Virgin Blue, (c) other Australian based airline passenger carriers, (d) the Airport Lessee Companies for all designated Australian Airports, and (e) the tourism industry in Australia.

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

(1) (a) and (b) The Department of transport and regional Services does not normally undertake forecasts of airline movements or the impact of specific events on aircraft movements. Monthly passenger movement reports are available from the Department's website at: (c) This is a matter for the Minister for Tourism and Small Business.

(2) (a) to (d) This is a matter for the companies listed. (e) This is a matter for the Minister for Tourism and Small Business.