Chemical spill being cleaned up at Sydney Airport

Emergency crews have been called to Sydney Airport after a "low irritant" chemical was found when luggage was being unloaded from an American Airlines plane after it touched down.

American Airlines flight 73 from Los Angeles landed in Sydney 7.15am local time and all passengers were off the plane when the spill took place.

Five NSW Fire and Rescue trucks are going through security clearance at the international airport after receiving a call at 7.48am on Friday (9.48am NZT) that "a substance was found in the hold", a spokesman told AAP.

The crews will liaise with the airport's fire crews and the Australian Border Force.

A spokesman from the NSW Fire and Rescue told Nine that "firefighters in spillage gear have identified the substance as a low irritant chemical additive."

Aerial shots of Qantas aircraft at Sydney International Airport.
Aerial shots of Qantas aircraft at Sydney International Airport. Source: Getty

Tourist tax: Who will and who won't have to pay the levy of up to $35 to visit New Zealand?

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has this morning acknowledged the New Zealand tourism industry expressed concerns to him about the new proposed levy of up to $35 during its conception.

Mr Davis announced the tourist levy in Wellington today, set for a start date of the end of 2019, and assured any negative impact on visitor numbers to our shores was taken into consideration when designing the levy.

In particular, a number of major tourist markets to New Zealand will be exempt from the toll.

"I know the industry had concerns. I've heard them, and have taken them into account when designing this system," Mr Davis said.

"But we know given the projected growth in visitors, doing nothing is not an option.

"Let me be clear, it will not apply to a New Zealand citizen or permanent residents, it will not cause disruption at the border, and it will not affect our major short-fall markets of Australia and the Pacific Islands."

Mr Davis said it was not fair New Zealand residents continued to shoulder the burden of conservation infrastructure in particular - which is worn down by the growing tourist numbers.

The Tourism Minister said the $3.8 million international visitors that arrive in New Zealand every year, is expected to grow to $5.1 million by 2024.

"In many places our tourism infrastructure is creaking at the seams as you all well know," Mr Davis said.

"We don't believe the financial burden should rest purely on the shoulders of New Zealanders, we do believe that visitors should pay their fair share."  

Details of the levy

Most international visitors entering New Zealand for 12 months or less would be charged a levy, proposed to be between $25 to $35.

There would be some exemptions, most notably Australian citizens and permanent residents and people from most Pacific Island Forum countries.

The levy would be collected through visa fees, and via a proposed Electronic Travel Authority process for citizens of visa waiver countries.

The Government says levies would collect around $57 to $80 million in its first year, depending on the rate, which will be split between tourism infrastructure and conservation activity.

The levy will likely be implemented in the second half of 2019 as it will have to go through a legislative process.

Consultation on the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy is open from today until July 15, along with consultation on the Electronic Travel Authority and fees and levies proposals.

Kelvin Davis says it’s not fair New Zealand rate payers continue to shoulder the infrastructure burden. Source: 1 NEWS


Donald Trump and his foundation being sued by New York for 'illegal conduct' including support of his 2016 presidential campaign

US President Donald Trump and his namesake foundation have been sued by the New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood, with the president attacking "the sleazy New York Democrats" in response and vowing not to settle.

Underwood says the non-profit organisation should be dissolved after supporting Trump's 2016 US presidential campaign and more than 10 years of illegal conduct.

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She accused the foundation's directors of "extensive unlawful political coordination" with the Trump campaign, and "repeated and wilful self-dealing" to benefit the personal and business interests of the president.

Following the accusations, Trump attacked "the sleazy New York Democrats" on Twitter.

"The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000. I won't settle this case!" he wrote.

Trump's children were also named as defendants in the petition, which was filed in the New York State Supreme Court.

New York is seeking a 10-year ban on Trump serving as a director of a New York non-profit, and one-year bans for his children Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka as well as NZ$4.1 million ($US2.8 million) of restitution plus penalties. 

FILE - In this July 23, 2014 file photo, Donald Trump, right, sits with his children, from left, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump during a ground breaking ceremony for the Trump International Hotel in Washington. New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday, June 14, 2018 accusing  Trump of illegally using money from his charitable foundation to settle disputes involving his business empire and to burnish his image during his run for the White House. The president blasted the case as politically motivated. The lawsuit seeks $2.8 million in restitution and the dissolution of the foundation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
Donald Trump and his children, Ivanka Trump (centre) and Donald Trump Jr (left) were named defendants in the petition. Source: Associated Press