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Monday, 14 March 2005
Page: 131

Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 17 November 2004:

With reference to the announcement by the Minister on 23 August 2004 of a $48 million package to improve security within Australia’s regional airports:

(1)   Is any of the money for this package coming from the air passenger ticket levy that was imposed in order to meet the entitlements of former Ansett employees.

(2) (a)   How much money was raised by the levy; and (b) of this, how much has been paid to former Ansett employees.

(3)   How much remains to be paid to former Ansett employees in order to fully meet their entitlements.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Please note: responses to questions 2 (b) and (3) have been provided by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR).

(1)   No.

(2) (a)   $286.4million. (b) Revenue collected through the Air Passenger Ticket Levy is paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund to meet the costs of the Special Employee Entitlements Scheme for Ansett group employees (SEESA). DEWR advise that as at 27 January 2005 $380 million has been advanced to Ansett employees under SEESA.

(3)   DEWR further advise that all terminated Ansett employees have received all their SEESA entitlements namely all unpaid wages, annual leave, long service leave, payment in lieu of notice and up to 8 weeks redundancy under SEESA. DEWR is unaware of the exact number, but have been advised by the Ansett administrators there are some ex-Ansett employees with an entitlement to redundancy payments in excess of the 8 weeks to which they are entitled to have been paid under SEESA. These entitlements are the responsibility of the Ansett administrators.