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$60 departure tax passes Senate

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016 Belinda Merhab

Travellers flying out of Australia will have to pay a $60 departure tax from July next year after the government won a second Senate vote to lift it by $5.

The government was forced to recommit the measure on Thursday after Pauline Hanson and one of her One Nation colleagues missed a vote on Wednesday night, resulting in an embarrassing loss for the coalition.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann committed the government to freezing the charge at its increased level for five years, after negotiating a deal with Senator Hanson.

Labor leader in the Senate Penny Wong said the amendment was a stunt the opposition would oppose.

"You have been conned," she told Senator Hanson, saying a future parliament could not be bound by the decision.

The Greens accused One Nation of selling out the tourism industry.

Senator Hanson told parliament someone from a tourism lobby group approached her after she spoke at their event on Wednesday about the five-year freeze.

"I will not be bought," she said.

"Don't ever criticise when I do deals. My deal is only ever done for the people of this nation."

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