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Travellers to be hit with levy

Posted by: Fairfax | 30 October, 2012 - 11:29 AM
Aussie travellers likely to face further levies.

A parliamentary report has found that Australia's diplomats are suffering from a 10-year period of chronic underfunding. 

As a result, it has been suggested that Australians should pay a travel levy for foreign trips and higher fees for passports to offset the costs of helping travellers who get into strife overseas.

According to the report, the burden of consular support for Australians in trouble overseas is limiting the ability of diplomats to properly represent Australia. 

The Foreign Affairs Department assisted around 14,500 Australians in difficulty overseas last year, including several hundred who were arrested and more than 300 who received emergency loans from the taxpayer.

Stuart Bocking spoke with Nick Champion, Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Chairman and Labor MP about the issue. Nick Champion said that the levy could be in the region of $3 - $10. 

Blog comments Your Say

  • @Liar, the record you are playing is broken and is now sounding hollow. Even your leader Phony Abbott has given up opposing carbon pricing because he realises there are no votes in it. He also knows if God forbid he wins the election there is not much he could do about it except tinker at the edges; maybe give it a different name. But this is not the first time he has changed his position. Remember he is the one who had said in June 2009 when he was opposing Rudd's ETS and favouring a carbon tax: "If you want to put a price on carbon why not do it with a simple tax? Why not get motorists to pay more? Why not get electricity consumers to pay more." Google it! and hear from the pony's ooops Phony's own mouth!

    Terrence Wednesday 31 October, 2012 - 4:57 PM
  • Watch the money go into consolidated revenue and finish up just another way of helping Swan to balance his budget. Another shifty Labor/Green move.

    David T. Wednesday 31 October, 2012 - 3:52 PM
  • BnB, the Departure Tax is a tax levied on all persons over 12yrs of age, who depart from Australia. The money goes into consolidated revenue and goes toward paying our bills, just like all the other federal taxes.

    James W Wednesday 31 October, 2012 - 2:18 PM
  • lets get fair dikkum and start spendind money on us our own then think about who is around us

    gerald Wednesday 31 October, 2012 - 10:53 AM
  • @Well said Stan; this corrupt bullying Labor government will soon be taxing us for breathing air and thats not Labor Juliar Gillard "hyperbol"!! Labor's disgusting fraudulent carbon dioxide-global warming tax is badly hurting the already taxed-out nation, causing very high electricity prices, plainly evil and disgusting, but some brain-dead people still somehow vote Labor? I really don't know how these Labor scumbags sleep at night, these Labor atheists clearly have no conscience. N.B. Just look at Labor's typical revered heros, like disgusting Michael Williamson and Craig Thomson!! What a mess...

    Juliar Wednesday 31 October, 2012 - 10:46 AM
  • @$%! me, when does it stop. Control your budgets and give us poverty packers half a chance at having a life.Keep squeezing the stone you "fat pigs" with your noses in the trough, bleed every cent you can out of us.

    Craig Wednesday 31 October, 2012 - 10:45 AM

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