Airport tax could rise to keep disease out

A proposal, suggesting an increase in airport departure tax to generate funds for the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS), to keep diseases such as foot and mouth disease at bay is to be submitted to cabinet. Federal Agriculture Minister Warren Truss has revealed plans to increase the departure tax paid by overseas bound travellers in a bid to boost funds for AQIS. Mr Truss would not say how much departure tax would rise under his proposal. However, airlines' have criticised the proposal saying only a small percentage of revenue generated from departure tax at present was spent on border control services.

‘Air tax rise to fund foot-and-mouth fight', The Australian, 22/03/01, p 9.