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Notice given 30 November 2006

2895  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1881 (Senate Hansard , 6 November 2006, p. 230) concerning payment of the passenger movement charge (PMC) by persons who purchased tickets but did not travel due to the suspension of Air Paradise services in November 2005:

(1) Has the Government made any effort to establish how many affected persons paid the PMC; if so, how many; if not, why not.

(2) Has the Government made any effort to establish how many affected persons paid the PMC but have not received a refund; if not, why not.

(3) Has the suspension of services caused the Government to review the regime for collecting and remitting the PMC; if so, what is the outcome of the review.

(4) What is the nature of the authority that permits the collection of the PMC as part of the ticketed fare paid to an airline or ticketing agent.

(5) What are the details of the formal arrangements under which airlines remit the PMC to the Government.

(6) Under these formal arrangements, does the Government pay the administration costs incurred by airlines in collecting and remitting the PMC; if so, by year, what amounts have been paid to Air Paradise.

(7) Is it the case that section 9 of the Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978 provides that a person is entitled to a refund of the PMC paid by the person if the departure in respect of which the PMC was paid does not take place.

(8) Is the Commonwealth liable for the refund of the PMC paid by persons who purchased tickets to travel on Air Paradise but did not travel due to the suspension of services; if not, why not.

2896  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that passenger movement charge (PMC) revenue collected for the 2005-06 financial year was $374.6 million.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that, based on the revenue projections provided in the answer to question on notice no. 1272 (Senate Hansard , 15 May 2003, p. 11329), for the 2005-06 financial year, actual revenue exceeded projected revenue by $52.4 million.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that PMC revenue collected for the 2004-05 financial year was $363.8 million.

(4) Can the Minister confirm that, based on the revenue projections provided in the answer to question on notice no. 1272, for the 2004-05 financial year, actual revenue exceeded projected revenue by $51.3 million.

 

 (5) For the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06, why has actual PMC revenue exceeded estimated revenue by more than $103 million.

(6) For each of the financial years 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10, what is the total amount of PMC revenue estimated to be collected. 

2902  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the article ‘Big Empty Sky’ in the Manning-Great Lakes Extra of 30 November 2006:

(1) Has the suspension of Transair’s air operators certificate by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) resulted in the grounding of flights from Taree to Sydney provided by Big Sky Express.

(2) Is the newspaper report that Transair is ‘the company from which Big Sky Express leases its Metroliner aircraft’ correct.

(3) Can an outline be provided of the operational relationship between Big Sky Express and Transair.

(4) Was CASA’s evidence to the estimates hearing of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 13 February 2006 (Committee Hansard , p. 156) that Big Sky Express is ‘Transair’s operation in New South Wales’ correct.