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Wednesday, 27 June 2001
Page: 28802


Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (12:20 PM) —I present a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the bill and move government amendment No. 1:

(1) Schedule 1, item 2, page 3 (line 10), omit “1 July 2001.”, substitute:

1 July 2001, unless:

(a) the person departs using a ticket or equivalent authority; and

(b) the ticket or authority was sold or issued before 1 July 2001.

This amendment to the bill addresses concerns raised by airlines in respect of the passenger movement charge on tickets already sold or issued for travel on or after 1 July this year. Airlines have indicated to the government that they have already sold several hundred thousand tickets for departures on or after 1 July and have only collected the current amount of the passenger movement charge—that is, $30.

The government recognises that it would not be cost-effective or practical for the airlines to collect the additional $8. There is one amendment: an amendment to exempt certain departures from Australia on or after 1 July from the increase in the passenger movement charge to $38. These are departures that are made by a person using a ticket or equivalent authority where the ticket authority was sold or issued before 1 July 2001. I am pleased to commend the government amendment to the main committee.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Ordered that the bill be reported to the House with an amendment.