Travellers face extra tax slug to leave country
Travellers will be slugged an extra $8 to leave the country under a bill introduced into the lower house on Wednesday.
The federal government wants to increase the passenger movement charge from $47 to $55 from July 1, and index the payment annually in line with CPI.
The departure charge is levied by airlines and shipping companies at the time the ticket is sold to the passenger.
The budget measure is expected to deliver an extra $610 million to government coffers over four years, which will be spent promoting Australia as a holiday and business destination to Asian markets.
Debate on the Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill 2012 was adjourned.