More than half of Aussies reject increase in Passenger Movement Charge
More than half (58.6 per cent) of the 1000 people polled across the country disagree or strongly disagree with the Federal Government’s plan to increase the Passenger Movement Charge to $60 from July 1 2017.
The Federal Government included the proposed increase in the tax as part of its revised backpacker tax package. The legislation is due to be debated in the Senate next week following the conclusion of an inquiry over the past two weeks.
According to the poll, only 3 per cent of people support any further increases in the holiday tax with 29 per cent supporting a lower rate and 19 per cent saying it should be abolished entirely.
More people (23.3 per cent) support the $750 million profit the Federal Government reaps from the holiday tax being reinvested back into the tourism industry than going into consolidated revenue (20.8 per cent).
Transport and Tourism Forum CEO Margy Osmond said the Federal Government should simply scrap its decision to increase the holiday tax on travellers and instead work with industry to make Australia a more competitive destination for visitors.
“The Federal Government’s plan to increase the holiday tax to $60 on every traveller leaving the country on an aeroplane or cruise ship is short-sighted at best and economic sabotage at worst,” she said.