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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 172

Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Tourism, upon notice, on 13 November 2008:

(1)   Was the department consulted about the terminology of ‘tourist activity’ as found in the Tax Laws Amendment (Luxury Car Tax) Bill 2008 and related bills.

(2)   Has the department been consulted since the passage of the legislation as to the definition that should be provided to the term ‘tourist activity’.

(3)   Was the department consulted: (a) about the increase in the luxury car tax before it was announced by the Government; (b) after the legislation was introduced into the Senate; and (c) about the amendments that were passed in the Senate as they might impact on the tourism sector.

(4)   Does the department have any figures as to the number of vehicles that are purchased outright by tourist operators as opposed to leased.

Senator Sherry (Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law) —The Minister for Tourism has provided the following response to the honourable senator’s question as follows:

(1)   No, although the department was consulted on the definition of a tourism business or tourism operator.

(2)   Yes.


(a)   No. The measure was announced as part of the 2008-09 Budget.

(b)   Yes.

(c)   Yes, the department was consulted on the potential impact of the luxury car tax increase on the tourism sector.

(4)   No.