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AMPTO – Fuel Inquiry Submission



Contents

1.1 Executive Summary 2

1.2 Scope and purpose of submission 3

1.3 Summary of our submission 4

2.1 Industry representation 7

3.1 The proposed Energy Credit Grants Scheme 9

3.2 Impact on regional Queensland of any reduction in fuel concessions 11

5.1 Expand eligibility to diesel used in Bareboat charter operations 19

5.2 Remote area power generation 20

5.3 Use of fuel other than diesel as an intermediate business input 24

2. Conclusion and recommendations 27

Appendix A – Copy of fuel usage questionnaire 28

Appendix B – Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef region 29




Introduction


The Association of Marine Park Tourism Operator’s (AMPTO) is pleased to provide this submission to the Federal Government’s Fuel Taxation Inquiry (the Inquiry), addressing the specific concerns of marine tour park operators within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Area (GBRMPA).

This submission has been prepared with the assistance of Ernst & Young who also assisted with surveying the views of AMPTO’s members.

This section summarises the scope and purpose of this submission. In the second section we outline AMPTO’s membership and interests. In the body of the submission we provide supporting evidence and arguments for the position being taken by AMPTO on behalf of its members.

AMPTO would welcome the opportunity to raise these issues directly with the Committee during its public hearings and in particular to detail the results of the fuel usage survey conducted amongst its members.

1.1 Executive Summary




AMPTO and its members understand that the Inquiry is seeking a broad range of opinions from the Australian community on issues raised in the terms of reference issued on the 8 July 2001 by the Federal Government and the Committee’s subsequent Issues Paper dated 18 August 2001. These views are to encompass a wide cross-section of the Australian community and include consumers, business, environmental organizations, and government agencies.

We understand that the Committee will examine the existing structure of fuel taxation in Australia, including an examination of the proposed Energy Grants (Credits) Scheme (EGS) that was intended to replace the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme (DFRS) and the Diesel and Alternative Fuels Grants Scheme (DAFGS) from 1 July 2002.

We acknowledge, however, that the Fuel Legislation Amendment (Grant and Rebate Schemes) Bill 2001, proposes to extend the application of the DAFGS and DFRS for an additional year, meaning that it is likely that the new EGS would only apply from 30 June 2003, rather than 30 June 2002.

Given the terms of reference outlined, and the importance of fuel as an input to our members, it becomes imperative for us to submit suggestions as to the retention and improvement of the current schemes, or drafting of the EGS in future.

1.2 Scope and purpose of submission


This submission is made on behalf of our membership of some 427 tourism operators with dealings within the Great Barrier Marine Park Heritage Area (GBMPHA).

This submission was formulated after surveying members about their current fuel usage and their experiences with the existing fuel taxation arrangements. The precise membership of AMPTO is discussed in more detail in the second section of this submission but broadly includes, island resorts, high speed cruise, fishing charter and pontoon operators.

Our submission takes into account the desire by the Government to ensure that changes to the current regime are budget neutral and considers the wider impact of possible changes to the existing concessions on this key industry in regional Australia and in particular, Northern Queensland.

The purpose of this submission is to:

  • highlight the importance of the current taxation concessions available to AMPTO’s members, and outline the case for continuing and possibly extending these concessions to like fuels;

  • ensure comparable and simplified reporting and/or lodgement arrangements are available to all members;

  • seek equitable treatment for diesel fuel used in Bareboat operations; and

  • bring the treatment of diesel used in remote power generation within the available concessions.


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