The ACTU has reaffirmed its public statements about the Ansett ticket levy after Federal Transport Minister John Anderson today labelled them “lies”.
ACTU Secretary Greg Combet stood by his comments that the Government was collecting proceeds from the ticket tax proceeds, which were intended to go to former Ansett workers who have not been paid their full employee entitlements.
Mr Combet said the ACTUs comments were correct having regard to the following facts:
“In the most likely circumstances where the loan is repaid in full from the Ansett Administration, it is clear that none of the revenue from the ticket levy will be paid to former Ansett employees,” Mr Combet said.
“It is not accurate for the Government to portray the loan to the Ansett Administrators as a transfer of proceeds from the ticket levy. If this is the case, Mr Anderson should specify what proceeds of the levy will be paid to former Ansett employees still awaiting their entitlements.”
Mr Combet said he would seek legal advice on Mr Andersons comments.